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Addressing lack of access to healthcare for minority communities in Illinois

Doctors and healthcare advocates spoke to a joint committee of state lawmakers for over four hours Monday highlighting disparities in healthcare access. WSIL TV

Addressing lack of access to healthcare for minority communities in Illinois

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  • Oct 20, 2020
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Illinois announces 2nd round of broadband expansion grants

State officials announced the opening of a second round of grant opportunities for businesses and organizations to expand access to broadband internet service in underserved communities. Cap News IL

  • Oct 20, 2020
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Additional COVID-19 mitigations to take effect in Southern Illinois' Region 5

Gov Pritzker announced Monday that Region 5 of Illinois' COVID-19 plan, which includes all of deep Southern Illinois, will see greater virus mitigation measures beginning Thursday..“ The Southern

  • Oct 20, 2020
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Local Health Officials Comment on Southern Illinois' New Mitigations

An internal medicine specialist who takes care of COVID patients with Southern Illinois Healthcare says the hospitalization rate is increasing along with the number of cases in the region. WSIU

  • Oct 20, 2020
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ICU bed usage above 50% in Central Illinois as COVID-19 cases climb

Gov Pritzker issued a strong warning to the entire state Monday after a continued rise in COVID-19 in IllinoisThe number of Illinoisans hospitalized is the highest it has been since mid-June WAND TV

  • Oct 20, 2020
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Some suburban counties likely to face restrictions amid spike in COVID-19 infections

DuPage, Kane, Kankakee and Will counties are on the verge of having state-mandated restrictions imposed after their COVID-19 test positivity rates surpassed warning thresholds. Daily Herald

  • Oct 20, 2020
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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot threatens stricter coronavirus restrictions if cases continue to rise

Illinois health officials announced 3,113 new known cases and 22 additional fatalities, bringing total known infections in Illinois to 347,161 and the statewide death toll to 9,236. Chicago Trib

  • Oct 20, 2020
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Nearly every other hospital bed open in northwstrn Illinois region where added restrictions continue

As the governor puts more COVID-19 mitigations in for the southernmost part of the state, a state lawmaker in the northwestern region says it’s the wrong strategy. The Center Square

  • Oct 20, 2020
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Healthcare worker shortage during crucial time for Illinois

Right now, there’s a shortage of healthcare workers. The healthcare worker shortage, especially for nurses, is no surprise. WICS/WRSP TV

  • Oct 20, 2020
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Trump vs Biden on Medicare: How each wants to modify the insurance program

While President Trump has taken some steps to ease certain costs for Medicare beneficiaries and proposed other changes, Dem challenger Biden has some ideas of his own for the healthcare program. CNBC

  • Oct 20, 2020
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New Law Creates 988 Hotline For Mental Health Emergencies

Mental health advocates say 988, a simple three-digit number, will be easier for people to remember in the midst of a mental health emergency. NPR

  • Oct 20, 2020
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'We need to do everything we can': Kish nurse donates COVID-19 antibodies for plasma treatments

In hospitals across country, including Kishwaukee Hosp plasma from recovered COVID patients, called convalescent COVID plasma, is being used to treat others diagnosed with the virus. Dekalb Chron
 

  • Oct 20, 2020
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COVID-19 test results get faster, but still too slow to help slow disease spread

People are getting the results of coronavirus tests in the U.S. faster than they were in the spring, but testing still takes far too long to help with effective disease control measures. NPR

  • Oct 20, 2020
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Older COVID Patients Battle ‘Brain Fog,’ Weakness and Emotional Turmoil

Like other older adults who’ve become critically ill from Covid-19, Walters, 65 describes what she calls “brain fog” difficulty putting thoughts together, problems with concentration. Kaiser Hlth News

  • Oct 20, 2020
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Hospitals will need Supreme Court's help to stop site-neutral, 340B cuts

If hospitals want to overturn the Trump administration's site-neutral payment policy, as well as looming cuts to the 340B program, they'll need an assist from the Supreme Court.  Modern Hlthcr

  • Oct 19, 2020
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IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 19

Guv Imposes So IL Mitigation, Issues Warning

  • Oct 19, 2020
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It's not just Illinois billionaires in 'fair' tax fight. Here's who wants to sway your vote.

Severinghaus said paying more isn't his problem with what supporters call the "fair tax, he doesn't trust Springfield legislators to spend the extra revenue estimated at $1.2 billion wisely. BND

  • Oct 19, 2020
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State’s COVID-19 numbers again top 4,000 mark; Pritzker blasts Trump on ‘State of the Union

For the third time in four days, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported more than 4,000 new COVID-19 positive cases. Sunday’s mark of 4,245 confirmed cases included 22 deaths. SJR

  • Oct 19, 2020
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Illinois officials report 8 additional counties at warning level for COVID-19

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 34 counties in Illinois are considered to be at a warning level for COVID-19 on Friday. KWQC TV

  • Oct 19, 2020
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COVID cases rise in Illinois and Iowa

The Rock Island County Health Department reported 45 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total to 3,698. Quad City Times

  • Oct 19, 2020
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Central Illinois Hospitals ‘Genuinely Concerned’ About Increase In COVID-19 Cases

All of our local and regional hospitals are feeling the strain on staffing and resources,” said Jim Timpe, president and CEO of HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. NPR

  • Oct 19, 2020
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Rural Midwest hospitals struggling to handle virus surge

All of a sudden it hit, and as it does, it just exploded,” said Dr. Tom Dean, one of just three doctors who work in the county. Associated Press

  • Oct 19, 2020
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Rural Hospitals Struggling Financially Because Of COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has put immense strain on U.S. hospitals. Not only have nearly 1,300 health care workers died, but dozens of hospitals have filed for bankruptcy. NPR/KHN

  • Oct 19, 2020
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Trump administration to labs: Finish COVID-19 tests in two days or face payment cuts

Labs that take longer than two days to complete coronavirus tests will see federal payments cut $25 per test under a new policy to begin Jan. 1. USA Today

  • Oct 19, 2020
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Millions more virus rapid tests, but are results reported?

State health officials say many rapid tests are going unreported, which means some new COVID-19 infections may not be counted. And the situation could get worse, experts say. AP

  • Oct 19, 2020
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Pfizer: Mid-November earliest it can seek virus vaccine OK

Pfizer Inc. cannot request emergency authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine before the third week of November and that’s if everything goes well, the company’s CEO announced Friday. AP

  • Oct 19, 2020
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Child care centers didn’t spread COVID-19, research shows — but questions remain about schools

At the heart of the U.S. economy’s ability to recover from the coronavirus-induced recession is parents’ ability to safely send their children back to school and child care centers. Market Watch

  • Oct 19, 2020
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Chicago Releases More Details About 'Phased-In' School Reopening Plan Amid Sharp Enrollment Drop

CPS released initial details of its reopening plans Friday, formally announcing it will stick with remote learning for its second quarter but will attempt a phased school building reopening. Patch

  • Oct 19, 2020
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The Preexisting Conditions of the Coronavirus Pandemic

That’s not true if those people are poor, are people of color, live in the United States, and there’s a pandemic. Then they’re screwed. Wired
 

  • Oct 19, 2020
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Trump's And Biden's Plans For Health Care

Biden: Create a option health care plan that expands off the ACA, decrease the price of prescription drugs, Trump: Repeal the ACA and replace with a new plan, lower price of prescription drugs. NPR.

  • Oct 19, 2020
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McConnell sets up votes on narrow coronavirus relief proposal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Saturday that the Senate will hold two votes [this] week on a half-trillion-dollar coronavirus relief package. Politico

  • Oct 19, 2020
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Pelosi gives White House 48 hours to reach coronavirus stimulus deal before election

Pelosi set the 48-hour deadline on negotiations after speaking with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Saturday night for more than an hour. CNBC

  • Oct 19, 2020
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Poll: Obamacare More Popular Than Ever As SCOTUS Vote Looms

The Affordable Care Act wins 55% support among the public for its highest level ever recorded since becoming law a decade ago, according to the latest Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll. Forbes

  • Oct 19, 2020
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Mayor Lori Lightfoot considering $94 million property tax increase, more than 300 city worker layoff

The mayor is scheduled to explain her plans to close the city’s coronavirus-fueled budget deficit on Wednesday. One thing is clear: It won’t be easy. Chicago Tribune

  • Oct 19, 2020
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Central Illinois women return to mammography following COVID delay

"Screening mammograms save lives," said Karen Oesch, mammography coordinator at the Decatur Memorial Hospital Breast Center. "It's a proven fact."  Herald&Review

  • Oct 16, 2020
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Defense Department study finds low risk of coronavirus infection through air on a packed airplane

The study, which used a mannequin expelling simulated virus particles to determine how the virus spreads as an aerosol inside an aircraft cabin, had some limitations. CNN

  • Oct 16, 2020
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IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 16

Illinois COVID-19 Cases Spike to Record High, Again

  • Oct 16, 2020
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Not just Obamacare: How Supreme Court's conservative majority could remake American health care

Across four days of hearings, senators reviewing Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court sparred extensively over Obamacare’s future. Politico

  • Oct 16, 2020
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Inside the Fall of the CDC

When the next history of the CDC is written, 2020 will emerge as perhaps the darkest chapter in its 74 years, rivaled only by its involvement in the infamous Tuskegee experiment. ProPublica

  • Oct 16, 2020
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New initiative seeks to transform health care on the South Side

Medical, community and religious leaders on the South Side are racing to build a new health care model to address chronic illness, poor access to treatment and a pandemic. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Oct 16, 2020
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Preckwinkle Vows to Protect Provident Hospital as Union Blasts Layoffs

Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle vowed Thursday to protect Provident Hospital, calling the Washington Park hospital a crucial part of Cook County’s safety net. WTTW TV

  • Oct 16, 2020
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Blessing Hospital opens dozens of private rooms for patients

Blessing Hospital opened three new floors of the Moorman Pavilion this week, which will offer dozens of single-bed rooms to patients. Herald Whig

  • Oct 16, 2020
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Carle BroMenn Renovates Behavioral Health Unit

Carle BroMenn Medical Center in Normal has opened a newly renovated space for inpatient mental health and addiction recovery. WGLT Radio

  • Oct 16, 2020
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Nursing home residents, hospital patients get gift of communication during pandemic

Fittingly, it was an idea to use state-of-the-art technology to help some of those affected most adversely by the coronavirus pandemic nursing home residents and patients in hospitals. Beacon News

  • Oct 16, 2020
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Democratic effort to flip U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis’ seat the most hotly contested of Downstate

Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan is making her second bid to flip U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis’s Downstate congressional seat. Chicago Tribune

  • Oct 16, 2020
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‘Overwhelmed’: Hospitals engulfed by rebounding virus

The coronavirus is engulfing big city hospitals in states including Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana that are running low on nurses and beds and are being forced to set up overflow facilities. Politico

  • Oct 16, 2020
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Facing Many Unknowns, States Rush To Plan Distribution Of COVID-19 Vaccines

Even the most effective, safest coronavirus vaccine won't work to curb the spread of the virus unless a large number of people get immunized. NPR

  • Oct 16, 2020
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WHO study finds no benefit from remdesivir on COVID-19 deaths, hospital stays

The antiviral drug remdesivir had no substantial impact on the survival of COVID-19 patients or the length of their hospital stays, according to a World Health Organization clinical trial. The Hill

  • Oct 16, 2020
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Chris Christie says he should have worn face mask to White House events

A longtime adviser to President Trump, Christie joined many others in attending the Rose Garden ceremony for Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Fox News

  • Oct 16, 2020
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Judges Signal Support for Hospital Pricing Disclosure Rule

The nation’s second most powerful court seemed likely Thursday to uphold a rule that has become a cornerstone of the Trump administration’s health-care agenda. Bloomberg Law

  • Oct 16, 2020
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Hospital groups send letter to Trump criticizing executive order on race and sex stereotyping

The AMA, AHA and ANA sent a joint letter to the Trump Administration Wednesday asking to rescind Executive Order 13950, Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping. Hlthcr Finance

  • Oct 16, 2020
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Chamber of Commerce pushes back on Trump extending ban on racial discrimination training

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce urged President Trump to withdraw executive order that extended his administration's ban on race and sex-based discrimination training to include fed contrctrs. The Hill

  • Oct 16, 2020
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4,015 more test positive for COVID-19 in Illinois, highest-ever daily caseload

Public health officials Thursday announced 4,015 more people have tested positive in Illinois, highest number of new cases ever reported by the state throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Sun-Times

  • Oct 16, 2020
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It will get worse before it gets better': Wisconsin shatters previous daily records

Wisconsin reported more than 3,700 new coronavirus cases Thursday, shattering previous daily records as the state's health crisis continued to soar to new heights unimpeded. Milwaukee Jrnl Sntl

  • Oct 16, 2020
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Missouri virus hospitalizations hit record

The number of people hospitalized for the coronavirus in Missouri reached another record Thursday. Fox News

  • Oct 16, 2020
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As Virus Hits Rural U.S., Numbers May Be Small, but the Impact Is Not

The spread of the coronavirus in the United States in recent weeks has been worse than it seems, not because of how it has been spreading but where. New York Times

  • Oct 16, 2020
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The Third Coronavirus Surge Has Arrived

After a month of warning signs, this week’s data make it clear: The third surge of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States is underway. The Atlantic

  • Oct 15, 2020
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Pritzker offers holiday precautions as Illinois sees most daily COVID-19 deaths since June

Illinois suffered its highest daily coronavirus death toll in over three months on Wednesday, the average statewide testing positivity rate rose for a 10th consecutive day. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Oct 15, 2020
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Rate of positive COVID-19 tests in southwest Illinois inches up for sixth straight day

Metro-East Region 4 saw a gradual increase in its rolling 7-day COVID-19 positivity rate for a sixth-straight day Wednesday. Belleville News Democrat

  • Oct 15, 2020
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Wisconsin reports more than 1,000 coronavirus patients hospitalized as state opens overflow facility

The [Wisconsin] Department of Health Services on Wednesday reported 3,107 new cases and 28 deaths due to the coronavirus. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • Oct 15, 2020
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Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box tests positive for COVID-19

Box said via phone during the weekly coronavirus update with Gov. Eric Holcomb that she does not have symptoms but has tested positive. IndyStar

  • Oct 15, 2020
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The U.S. is seeing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. Small household gatherings are helping drive it

Small gatherings are becoming a growing source of Covid-19 spread, a leading health expert said, as cases and hospitalizations are on the rise nationwide. CNN

  • Oct 15, 2020
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Extra safety scrutiny planned as virus vaccine worries grow

The poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found only 46% of Americans want a COVID-19 vaccine and another 29% are unsure. AP

  • Oct 15, 2020
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CDC optimistic coronavirus vaccines will be released by end of the year

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted an optimistic forecast about coronavirus vaccines Wednesday, promising some vaccines by the end of the year. CNN

  • Oct 15, 2020
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Prospects diminish for Covid deal ahead of election

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin has become Washington’s latest pessimist on the odds of delivering a massive coronavirus relief package ahead of the Nov. 3 election in just 3 weeks. Politico

  • Oct 15, 2020
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Barrett signals ObamaCare could survive mandate being struck down

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Wednesday signaled that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could survive a court challenge from the Trump administration. The Hill

  • Oct 15, 2020
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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to propose layoffs, cuts to close gap

Cook County officials plan to propose a $6.9 billion budget Thursday, closing a $409.2 million shortfall through a mix of layoffs, cutting vacant positions and tapping into reserves. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Oct 15, 2020
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Judge gives attorneys debating Pritzker’s emergency authority more time to submit paperwork

Attorneys argued over the extent of Gov. JB Pritzker’s emergency authority Wednesday, but will have to wait on a decision in the case. State Journal-Register

  • Oct 15, 2020
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A special high-dose flu shot for seniors is in limited supply in Illinois

A high-dose flu shot designed for people 65 years of age and older is in limited supply in Illinois. Some pharmacies and doctors' offices still have enough of the special vaccine. Chicago Tribune

  • Oct 15, 2020
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Illinois Coalition Urges Lawmakers to Enact Telehealth Payment Parity

A coalition of healthcare organizations [including IHA] is pressuring Illinois lawmakers to mandate payment parity for telehealth services. Health Intelligence

  • Oct 15, 2020
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CMS Expands Medicare FFS Telehealth Services

The CMS on Wednesday added 11 new telehealth services that Medicare fee-for-service will pay for during the coronavirus pandemic Public Health Emergency. HealthLeaders Media

  • Oct 15, 2020
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IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 15

CDC Adds Vaccine Info to COVID-19 Webpage

  • Oct 14, 2020
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Coalition wants to make telehealth a permanent option in Illinois

Just like the flu pandemic in 1918 forced traditional health care to adapt in ways that carried beyond the wave of sickness, a new coalition [which includes IHA] wants telehealth to remain. Cntr Sqr

  • Oct 14, 2020
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How Money Fuels Racism In Health Care

There’s a host of factors fueling inequities, but a key one is a lack of money for hospitals that mainly treat low-income people of color. WBEZ

  • Oct 14, 2020
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Challenges to Pritzker’s COVID-19 restrictions back in court

After months of maneuvering, attorneys will be in court in Sangamon County Wednesday arguing over Gov Pritzker’s powers to impose controls to curtail the spread of the coronavirus. Peoria Jrnl Star

  • Oct 14, 2020
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Deaths surpass 9,000 as hospitalizations also continue to rise

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced another 2,852 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among 55,993 results reported over the previous 24 hours. Capitol News Illinois

  • Oct 14, 2020
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COVID-19 hospitalizations increase in Adams County

Blessing Hospital and the Adams County Health Department are working together on the increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations. KHQA TV

  • Oct 14, 2020
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Illinois’ Top Doctors Prepare for Winter as COVID-19 Rates Climb

The state’s seven-day statewide positivity rate is also creeping upward, at 4.5% Tuesday compared to 3.4% one week ago, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. WTTW TV

  • Oct 14, 2020
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Central Illinois Hospital Provides Free, Rapid COVID-19 Testing To Piatt County Schools

Students and employees of school districts in Piatt County now have access to free, rapid COVID-19 testing through Kirby Medical Center a rural hospital based in Monticello. IL NwsRm

  • Oct 14, 2020
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Indiana added to Chicago travel advisory list

Indiana has joined the states on Chicago’s emergency travel order after a surge of coronavirus cases in the Hoosier state. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Oct 14, 2020
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Hospitals in new or resurgent COVID-19 hotspots enact stricter visitation policies

As feared, incidents of COVID-19 are increasing in certain pockets of the country and this has hospitals reconsidering their visitation policies. Healthcare Finance

  • Oct 14, 2020
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U.S. pauses Eli Lilly's trial of a coronavirus antibody treatment over safety concerns

Lilly's late-stage trial of its leading monoclonal antibody treatment for the coronavirus has been paused by U.S. health regulators over potential safety concerns, the company confirmed. CNBC

  • Oct 14, 2020
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171 COVID-19 testing sites ordered shut for failing to meet US standards

CMS said that it has issued 171 cease and desist letters since Aug. 12 to labs that were conducting COVID-19 tests but didn't meet federal standards for quality and safety. Becker's Hosp Review

  • Oct 14, 2020
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Trump U.S. Supreme Court nominee Barrett says she is 'not on a mission' to destroy Obamacare

President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, said on Tuesday she gave no commitments to the White House on how she would rule on Obamacare or election-related cases. Reuters

  • Oct 14, 2020
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McConnell plans coronavirus aid vote as Pelosi says White House stimulus plan falls short

The Senate will vote on a limited coronavirus stimulus bill this month, Majority Leader McConnell said as lawmakers stumble in their push to send aid to Americans before the election. CNBC

  • Oct 14, 2020
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Supreme Court Allows Trump Administration To End Census Early

The Trump administration can end counting for the 2020 census early after the Supreme Court approved a request to suspend a lower court order that extended the count's schedule. NPR

  • Oct 14, 2020
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IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 14

IHA Virtual Leadership Summit: Reinventing Care Delivery

  • Oct 13, 2020
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IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 13

National Plan to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

  • Oct 13, 2020
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Abbott wins U.S. emergency use authorization for new COVID-19 antibody test

Abbott Laboratories said on Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an emergency use authorization for its lab-based COVID-19 antibody blood test. Reuters

  • Oct 12, 2020
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IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 12

HFS COVID-19 Relief Funding Guidance & Instructions

  • Oct 09, 2020
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IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 9

Improved Repayment Terms for Accelerated Payments

  • Oct 08, 2020
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 8

Kaiser Report on Employer Health Benefits

  • Oct 07, 2020
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 7

Hospital COVID-19 Reporting Requirements, Enforcement

  • Oct 05, 2020
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IHA Letter re: Graduated Income Tax Proposal

IHA urges Illinoisans to vote Yes on a proposed constitutional amendment for a graduated income tax.

  • Sep 30, 2020
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Healthcare Providers, Advocates Urge General Assembly to Protect Telehealth

The Coalition to Protect Our Telehealth, which includes IHA, urges the General Assembly to protect telehealth approaches so Illinoisans can access critically needed, affordable care beyond COVID-19.

  • Sep 17, 2020
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IHA Daily Briefing: Sept. 17

IHA Launches “Moving Healthy Ahead” Campaign

  • Sep 16, 2020
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Pritzker orders agencies to start looking at cuts

State agencies have been ordered to identify steep budget cuts that can be made if Congress fails to come through with more COVID-19 relief money. State Journal-Register/Onley Daily Mail

 

  • Sep 16, 2020
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City health chief cites ‘real progress’ in COVID-19 battle among groups hit the hardest

Public health officials on Tuesday announced 1,466 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Illinois. Chicago Sun-Times
 

  • Sep 16, 2020
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New COVID-19 Testing Sites In Springfield, Decatur

HSHS Medical Group is offering COVID-19 testing in Springfield and Decatur. NPR Illinois

 

  • Sep 16, 2020
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The coronavirus has killed at least 121 young people in the U.S., mostly minorities, CDC says

Covid-19 has killed at least 121 people under 21 years old across the U.S., nearly two-thirds of whom were Black and Hispanic people. CNBC
 

  • Sep 16, 2020
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Experts worry as US virus restrictions are eased or violated

State and local officials around the U.S. are rolling back social-distancing rules again after an abortive effort over the summer, allowing bars, restaurants and gyms to open. Associated Press
 

  • Sep 16, 2020
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Why Wisconsin Isn't Being Added to Chicago's Quarantine List Just Yet

Chicago health officials warned against traveling to Wisconsin Tuesday, saying the state could be added back onto the city's travel order if its numbers don't come back down. NBC 5 TV

 

  • Sep 16, 2020
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Study hints Covid-19 may have been in the US as early as December

Researchers believe they have found evidence that the novel coronavirus may have been circulating in the US as early as late December. CNN

 

  • Sep 16, 2020
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Covid-19’s Toll on Mental Health

When Covid-19 caused businesses to send employees home to work remotely, Ashima Bhayana was relieved. Chicago Health

 

  • Sep 16, 2020
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MetroSouth Hospital Was Revived as a COVID-19 Alternate Care Facility

On a Friday evening in March, early in the COVID-19 pandemic, David Trolian saw a unique request for proposals from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. ENR MIdWest

 

  • Sep 16, 2020
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House will stay until coronavirus aid deal, Pelosi says

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday the House won't close shop for the elections until congressional leaders and the Trump administration can negotiate another coronavirus relief package. Roll Call
 

  • Sep 16, 2020
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Bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus unveils $2 trillion coronavirus bill

A bipartisan group of 50 House members known as the Problem Solvers Caucus unveiled a roughly $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill on Tuesday. Axios

 

  • Sep 16, 2020
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10 ACOs with the most shared savings in 2019

Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs generated a record $1.2 billion in net savings for the Medicare program across 541 ACOs in 2019. Becker’s Hospital CFO Report
 

  • Sep 16, 2020
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While income in the US rose in 2019, so did the uninsured

In 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic hit and the U.S. economy crashed, median household income was the highest ever on record. Associated Press

 

  • Sep 16, 2020
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Homicides in Cook County are already past all of last year

Just weeks into September, homicides in Cook County have already passed the total for all of last year, with nearly all the victims people of color. Chicago Tribune

 

  • Sep 16, 2020
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In a career born in her own grief, violence recovery specialist works at a Chicago hospital

Christine Goggins was just about to check in with the family of a gunshot victim, a new case that had been handed off from the previous shift. Chicago Tribune

 

  • Sep 16, 2020
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OSF Children’s Hospital NICU part of nationwide read-a-thon

Even the smallest child can benefit from someone reading to them, including babies born prematurely. The Mendota Reporter

 

  • Sep 16, 2020
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IHA Opinion: Hospitals Committed to Serving Everyone

Illinois hospitals of all shapes and sizes are the cornerstones of their communities and provide some of the highest quality healthcare in the world.

  • Sep 16, 2020
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Northwestern Medicine set sights on Bronzeville

Northwestern Medicine plans to build a 75,000-square-foot outpatient center in Bronzeville, Crain’s has learned. Crain’s Chicago Business
 

  • Sep 15, 2020
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Lowest positive COVID-19 test rate since July ‘definitely encouraging,’ but officials give warning

Illinois public health officials on Monday reported 1,373 new COVID-19 cases and a seven-day positivity rate of 3.6%. Chicago Sun-Times
 

  • Sep 15, 2020
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Coronavirus Positivity Rate Declines Across Most Of Illinois

Coronavirus positivity rates declined in seven of Illinois' 11 COVID-19 resurgence mitigation regions during the first week of September. Patch
 

  • Sep 15, 2020
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Chicago Names Community Groups That Will Hire COVID-19 Contact Tracers

Chicago has finally selected the community organizations it will pay federal grant dollars to help expand its network of contact tracers. WBEZ
 

  • Sep 15, 2020
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Anti-inflammatory drug may shorten COVID-19 recovery time

A drug company says that adding an anti-inflammatory medicine to a drug already widely used for hospitalized COVID-19 patients shortens their time to recovery. Associated Press
 

  • Sep 15, 2020
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Feds ‘commandeered’ COVID-19 testing supplies ordered by Loyola and Illinois State to detect virus

At least two Illinois colleges that ordered COVID-19 testing materials from the federal government didn’t receive the supplies. Chicago Tribune
 

  • Sep 15, 2020
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Officials: 500,000 counterfeit N95 masks seized in Chicago

About 500,000 counterfeit N95 respirator masks have been seized in Chicago by Customs and Border Protection officers, federal officials announced Monday. Associated Press

 

  • Sep 15, 2020
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During COVID, B-N Health Experts Say Flu Shot Is 'More Important Than Ever'

McLean County doctors and public health professionals say the pandemic has made it more important than ever to get a flu shot. WGLT
 

  • Sep 15, 2020
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How do hospitals educate patients about vaccination? 3 hospital execs weigh in

The race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine is a complex process toward which the public often feels confused and distrustful. Becker’s Hospital Review​

  • Sep 15, 2020
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25 years wiped out in 25 weeks: Pandemic sets the world back decades.

In only half a year, the coronavirus pandemic has wiped out decades of global development in everything from health to the economy. Politico
 

  • Sep 15, 2020
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Citing Stakeholder Concerns, CMS Withdraws the MFAR

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) withdrew the proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR) rule Monday afternoon. HealthLeaders Media

  • Sep 15, 2020
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Trump order on drug prices faces long road to finish line

President Trump is seeking a preelection boost on a top issue for voters lowering drug prices. The Hill​

  • Sep 15, 2020
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Some Urban Hospitals Face Closure Or Cutbacks As The Pandemic Adds To Fiscal Woes

Victor Coronado felt lightheaded one morning last month when he stood up to grab an iced tea. "That's when I knew I was going to have a stroke," NPR

  • Sep 15, 2020
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More than 4,000 University of Illinois health system workers go on strike, joining nurses

More than 4,000 workers at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, its medical schools and the university went on strike Monday morning. Chicago Tribune

  • Sep 14, 2020
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Pritzker, Ezike and Arwady talk about the COVID-19 pandemic at 6 months, and look ahead

Six months after he first issued a disaster proclamation tied to the coronavirus pandemic, followed quickly by a stay-at-home order that shut down businesses. Chicago Tribune
 

  • Sep 14, 2020
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Sangamon County reports 44th COVID-related death; Greene, Morgan, Cass counties go to ‘warning list’

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 1,462 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state Sunday. State Journal-Register
 

  • Sep 14, 2020
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30 Illinois Counties At Warning Level For Coronavirus Disease

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) [Friday] reported 30 counties in Illinois are considered to be at a warning level for novel coronavirus disease. River Bender
 

  • Sep 14, 2020
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The first COVID-19 patients in Illinois faced stigma, bigotry.

She was known as Patient 1. The Chicago woman in her 60s had traveled on Christmas Day to Wuhan, China. Chicago Tribune
 

  • Sep 14, 2020
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Kids at day care spread COVID-19 to parents and teachers, CDC says

Very young children can catch COVID-19 and spread the virus to adults, even if they never show symptoms. NBC News
 

  • Sep 14, 2020
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Fauci says it may take more than a year to return to 'a degree of normality'

During an interview with MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” the nation’s top infectious diseases expert said he’s confident a vaccine could receive emergency use. The Hill
 

  • Sep 14, 2020
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AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine trial set to resume in Britain, company says

Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca will resume its coronavirus vaccine trial in the U.K., the company said on Saturday. NBC News

  • Sep 14, 2020
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Vaccine Makers Keep Safety Details Quiet, Alarming Scientists

The morning after the world learned that a closely watched clinical trial of a coronavirus vaccine had been halted last week over safety concerns. New York Times
 

  • Sep 14, 2020
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It Will Take More Than a Vaccine to Beat COVID-19

We could get lucky. But we need to be prepared for the possibility that, in the absence of a single-shot cure, it will be the tuberculosis model. The New Yorker
 

  • Sep 14, 2020
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1,100 Hospitals Press HHS to Enforce 340B Pricing

In recent weeks several major drugmakers have stopped providing 340B pricings for safety-net hospitals. Healthcare Finance
 

  • Sep 14, 2020
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Health matters: Telehealth, the future of medicine, now. Or is it?

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically accelerated the growth of telehealth. State Journal-Register
 

  • Sep 14, 2020
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WHO says sepsis causes 20% of global deaths

The World Health Organization (WHO) [last week] released its first report on the global epidemiology and burden of sepsis. CIDRAP
 

  • Sep 14, 2020
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With No Legal Guardrails for Patients, Ambulances Drive Surprise Medical Billing

School librarian Amanda Brasfield bent over to grab her lunch from a small refrigerator and felt her heart begin to race. Kaiser Health News
 

  • Sep 14, 2020
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National healthcare scorecard: Where does your state rank?

An analysis of state health system performance revealed Hawaii is the top-ranked state for access to healthcare, quality of care and other key measures. Becker’s Hospital Review
 

  • Sep 14, 2020
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Their View: Mercyhealth is 100% committed to the Rockford region

We are living in unprecedented times burdened with tough choices no one wants to make. Rockford Register Star Op-Ed
 

  • Sep 14, 2020
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Why hospitals don't treat everyone equally

J. R Rivera heard "detonations" nearby as he went about his day in Chicago's Gage Park neighborhood. Then came the pain. Crain’s Chicago Business

 

  • Sep 14, 2020
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Southwest suburban Palos Health to join Northwestern Memorial HealthCare

The parent of Palos Hospital in southwest suburban Palos Heights has signed a letter of intent to join Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. Chicago Sun-Times
 

  • Sep 14, 2020
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Advocate Lutheran General Hospital to pay Park Ridge $1.9 million in agreement over parking

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge has not charged patients or guests to park on its campus for the last 10 years. Chicago Tribune

 

  • Sep 14, 2020
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More than 800 nurses at University of Illinois Hospital go on strike

More than 800 nurses at the University of Illinois Hospital and its clinics went on strike Saturday morning after failing to reach a contract with the hospital. Chicago Tribune

 

  • Sep 14, 2020
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Chicago’s census count lags behind as deadline approaches

The census count in Chicago is lagging behind the rest of Illinois, particularly in Black and Hispanic neighborhoods in the city. Associated Press

 

  • Sep 14, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Poison Center Leader Named President-Elect of AAPCC

Carol DesLauriers, PharmD, DABAT, Assistant Vice President of the Illinois Poison Center (IPC), has been named president-elect of the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC).

  • Sep 14, 2020
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Poll: Pandemic takes toll on mental health of young adults

The coronavirus pandemic has taken a harsh toll on the mental health of young Americans. Associated Press
 

  • Sep 14, 2020
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How hospital administrators were implicated in a right-wing COVID-19 conspiracy

Republican Sen. Joni Ernst told a crowd of nearly 100 people that she believed healthcare providers were inflating COVID-19 death counts for profit. Modern Healthcare
 

  • Sep 14, 2020
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Trump Signs New Executive Order On Prescription Drug Prices

President Trump signed an executive order Sunday that he says lowers prescription drug prices "by putting America first. NPR

  • Sep 11, 2020
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Experts: COVID Adds to Risk Factors for Suicide

While the world fights the pandemic, health experts say there's a chronic epidemic that continues to hide in the shadows. Public News Service
 

  • Sep 11, 2020
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What Is the Risk of Catching the Coronavirus on a Plane?

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis tried to alleviate fears of flying during the pandemic at an event with airline and rental car executives.” Kaiser Health News
 

  • Sep 11, 2020
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Scarcity of key material squeezes medical mask manufacturing

Rachel Spray is still grieving the loss of her fellow nurse who died after being exposed to the novel coronavirus at Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center. Associated Press
 

  • Sep 11, 2020
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Virus bill blocked in Senate as prospects dim for new relief

Senate Democrats scuttled a scaled-back GOP coronavirus rescue package on Thursday as the parties argued to a standstill. Associated Press
 

  • Sep 11, 2020
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SwedishAmerican’s Emergency Room treats more gunshot wound victims

Rockford Police are working around the clock to combat crime in the Forest City and local emergency rooms are getting busier too treating victims of area violence. WIFR TV
 

  • Sep 11, 2020
  • News from the Web

The Great Unequalizer

As the [COVID-19] pandemic unfolded, city data revealed that Latinos have the highest Covid-19 infection rates, while Black people have the highest death rates. Chicago Health
 

  • Sep 11, 2020
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Northwestern Medicine, Palos Health eye merger

Northwestern Medicine and Palos Health are looking to merge, the systems said this morning. Crain’s Chicago Business
 

Hundreds of Children Are Stuck in Psychiatric Hospitals Each Year Despite the State’s Promises
  • Sep 11, 2020
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Hundreds of Children Are Stuck in Psychiatric Hospitals Each Year Despite the State’s Promises

Two years ago, officials from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services vowed to rescue the children they called “stuck kids”. ProPublica Illinois​

  • Sep 11, 2020
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As states lift restaurant restrictions, CDC report links dining out to increased COVID-19 risk

Dining out raises the risk of contracting COVID-19 more than other activities, such as shopping, according to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. NBC
 

  • Sep 11, 2020
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Corticosteroids to treat severe cases of COVID-19: 'It does confirm what we've been doing'

On Sept. 2, the World Health Organization published guidance for the use of corticosteroids when treating COVID-19. Northwest Herald
 

  • Sep 11, 2020
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Severe coronavirus more deadly than heart attacks among young adults: study

Data were analyzed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and the team’s findings were published on Wednesday in Jama Internal Medicine. Fox News
 

  • Sep 11, 2020
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Pritzker: Rising COVID-19 hospitalizations in Illinois are 'problematic'

The number of COVID-19 patients in Illinois hospitals is trending up, and "that's something we're watching closely," Gov. Pritzker said as officials announced 1,953 new virus cases. Daily Herald
 

  • Sep 11, 2020
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Coronavirus positivity rate shows decline in most Illinois regions

Will and Kankakee counties must lower their rolling COVID-19 test positivity rate by about one more percentage point before restrictions lift. State Journal-Register/Capitol News Illinois
 

  • Sep 11, 2020
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Illinois Department of Public Health issues grant for COVID-19 testing to Jackson County Health dept

On Sept. 10, the Jackson County Health Dept issued a press release announcing that due to a grant being given to the JCHD, SIH and SIU, COVID-19 testing would be more accessible. Daily Egyptian
 

  • Sep 10, 2020
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Gov. Pritzker visits Normal to discuss 2020 census

Gov. J.B. Pritzker stressed the importance of the 2020 census during an appearance in Normal on Wednesday morning. The Pantagraph
 

  • Sep 10, 2020
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Pritzker talks vaccine, contact tracing, university spread

The statewide COVID-19 test positivity rate hit its lowest point since July 26. Capitol News Illinois
 

  • Sep 10, 2020
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COVID-19 positivity rate for Region 4 in southwest Illinois rises a 6th straight day

The Metro-East Region 4 positivity rate again rose slightly Wednesday to 9.9%, up from 9.8% on Tuesday. The rate now has increased for six consecutive days. Belleville News Democrat
 

  • Sep 10, 2020
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Confused by COVID case counts? Here's why numbers vary, says public health official

If you’re confused about the discrepancies in daily COVID-19 case reporting by the University of Illinois and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. News Gazette
 

  • Sep 10, 2020
  • News from the Web

IDPH Publishes New COVID-19 Cases Among Young People, Data For 'School Determination'

Eighteen young people tested positive for COVID-19 in Sangamon County during the week of August 23. NPR Illinois
 

  • Sep 10, 2020
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Top Health Officials Vow COVID-19 Vaccine Will be 'Safe' and Without 'Shortcuts'

Top U.S. health officials on Wednesday repeatedly offered assurance to members of Congress that an eventual vaccine for COVID-19 will be brought to market only when it is absolutely safe. Newsweek
 

  • Sep 10, 2020
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Thousands of Rapid Covid-19 Testing Devices Now at Nursing Homes

The Trump administration has nearly reached its goal of providing antigen Covid-19 testing devices to all of the nation’s 15,400 nursing homes in the Medicare and Medicaid program. Bloomberg News
 

  • Sep 10, 2020
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Your Face Mask Could Serve As A Crude Coronavirus Vaccine -- Until A Real Vaccine Is Available

A commentary published Tuesday posits wearing a facial mask may allow the wearer to be exposed to just enough of the coronavirus to provoke an immune response.  International Business Times
 

  • Sep 10, 2020
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Speak softly and scatter fewer coronavirus particles, say researchers

More quiet zones in high-risk indoor spaces, such as hospitals and restaurants, could help to cut coronavirus contagion risks. Reuters
 

  • Sep 10, 2020
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Silent spreaders and long haulers. Aerosols and protocols. 10 things science has learned about COVID

It’s been only nine months since the world learned of a new coronavirus that would trigger a pandemic declaration in March and ultimately disrupt billions of lives. Chicago Tribune
 

  • Sep 10, 2020
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Survey: Number of uninsured Americans increased in 2019

Roughly 33.2 million Americans, or 10.3 percent, lacked health insurance in 2019, according to new data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Roll Call​

  • Sep 10, 2020
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Almost 2 Million Fewer U.S. Teenagers Are Vaping Now Compared to Last Year, CDC Data Show

Almost 2 million fewer U.S. teenagers report using e-cigarettes in 2020 compared to 2019. Time
 

  • Sep 10, 2020
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Activists call for alternative Cook County ‘Budget for Black Lives’

As Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the board grapple with how to pay for services with drastically depleted funds. Chicago Sun-Times
 

  • Sep 10, 2020
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Chicago City Council Votes to Ban Sale of Flavored Vaping Products

The Chicago City Council voted overwhelmingly to pass an ordinance Wednesday that would ban the sale of flavored vaping products within city limits. NBC 5 TV
 

  • Sep 10, 2020
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OSF celebrates retirement of husband and wife who worked at the healthcare center

On Wednesday, OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center celebrated two of its workers retiring.  WREX TV
 

  • Sep 09, 2020
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Pritzkers highlight impact of pandemic relief fund as private fund winds down

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and his sister Penny Pritzker announced that a private fund formed to provide relief to communities hard hit by the pandemic will wind down.  The Southern/Capitol News Illinois
 

  • Sep 09, 2020
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Illinois DPH: 1,392 new COVID-19 cases, including 7 additional deaths

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported more than 1,300 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday. KWQC TV
 

  • Sep 09, 2020
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Half a million US children have tested positive for coronavirus

Roughly half a million children in the United States have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The Hill
 

  • Sep 09, 2020
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As Americans brace for 2nd wave of COVID-19, here's why experts predict more infections but lower de

As the US braces itself for a likely "second wave" of COVID-19 this fall, many experts are anticipating a spike in cases but some say that may not translate into an equal spike in deaths. ABC News
 

  • Sep 09, 2020
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Doctors studying why obesity may be tied to serious COVID-19

In the early days of the pandemic, doctors noticed something about the people severely ill from COVID-19: Many were obese. Associated Press
 

  • Sep 09, 2020
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Coronavirus patients still had lung damage, breathlessness, weeks after leaving hospital: report

Patients hospitalized with a severe coronavirus infection still had lung damage and breathing problems weeks after leaving the hospital. Fox News
 

  • Sep 09, 2020
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Pharma CEOs Counter Trump By Promising Safety Over Shortcuts In Coronavirus Vaccine Development

The chief executives of nine pharmaceuticals signed a pledge Tuesday saying they won’t submit their coronavirus vaccines for regulatory approval . Forbes
 

  • Sep 09, 2020
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Astra Pauses Covid Vaccine Trial After Unexplained Illness

AstraZeneca Plc stopped giving shots of its experimental coronavirus vaccine after a person participating in one of the company’s studies got sick. Bloomberg News

  • Sep 09, 2020
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Mental Health Providers Take Steps To Meet Growing Need During The Pandemic

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are reporting symptoms of depression. Illinois News Room
 

  • Sep 09, 2020
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Senate to vote Thursday on GOP coronavirus bill

The Senate will vote Thursday on a scaled-down GOP coronavirus relief bill. The Hill
 

  • Sep 09, 2020
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NPR Poll: Financial Pain From Coronavirus Pandemic 'Much, Much Worse' Than Expected

In America's four largest cities, at least half of people say they have experienced the loss of a job or a reduction in wages in their household since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. NPR
 

  • Sep 09, 2020
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Edward Hospital's Coronavirus Numbers Back In Double Digits

The number of new coronavirus inpatients at Edward Hospital in Naperville is back in the double digits. Patch
 

  • Sep 09, 2020
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Bradley University orders all students to quarantine for 2 weeks due to coronavirus cases

Bradley University is imposing a mandatory two-week quarantine on all students and switching to remote learning only due to an outbreak of coronavirus on campus. WGN TV
 

  • Sep 09, 2020
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COVID-19 cases rise in U.S. Midwest and Northeast, deaths fall for third week

Several states in the U.S. Midwest and Northeast have seen new COVID-19 cases increase for two weeks in a row. Reuters
 

  • Sep 09, 2020
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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally linked to 20% of US coronavirus cases in August: researchers

Nineteen percent of the 1.4 million new coronavirus cases in the U.S. between Aug. 2 and Sept. 2 can be traced back to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. MSN
 

  • Sep 09, 2020
  • News from the Web

More than half a million healthcare workers don't have health insurance

Almost 600,000 healthcare workers are uninsured, with workers in Texas having the largest uninsured rate. Becker’s Hospital Review
 

  • Sep 09, 2020
  • News from the Web

With Schools Starting Online, Vaccinations Head for Recess

Schools play a pivotal role in U.S. vaccination efforts. Laws require children to have certain immunizations to enroll and attend classes. Kaiser Health News
 

  • Sep 09, 2020
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Lawsuit seeks halt to planned strike of University of Illinois Hospital nurses

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees filed a lawsuit seeking to stop nurses at the University of Illinois Hospital from going on strike this weekend. Chicago Sun-Times
 

  • Sep 09, 2020
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House calls for the homeless with OSF street nursing program

 “A lot of the people I’m working with now, I had seen at Sophia’s Kitchen, but they didn’t speak to me or use my services for various reasons. Rockford Register Star
 

  • Sep 09, 2020
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UChicago's Center For Asian Health Equity Awarded $4.25M CDC Grant To Prevent Colorectal Cancer

The University of Chicago Medicine’s Center for Asian Health Equity has received a five-year, $4.25 million federal grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. WBBM Radio
 

  • Aug 11, 2020
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Healthcare, industry forge new supply chains in the fight against COVID-19

Early in the pandemic, Providence Sr VP & Chief Value Officer Jennifer Bayersdorfer and team met with Kaas Tailored to craft a way to work with a upholstery manufacturer on PPE. Modern Healthcare

  • Aug 11, 2020
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Health officials are quitting or getting fired amid outbreak

Vilified, threatened with violence, suffering from burnout, dozens of state and local public health leaders in U.S. have resigned or have been fired amid the coronavirus outbreak. Associated Press

  • Aug 11, 2020
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U.S. governors question cost of Trump COVID-19 aid plans, urge talks to continue

Republican and Democratic governors said on President Trump’s virus relief measures were too expensive for states to implement as they struggle with the costs of the pandemic. Reuters

  • Aug 11, 2020
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No federal relief leaves states, cities facing big deficits

State and local government officials across the U.S. have been on edge about how to keep basic services running while covering rising COVID-related costs as tax revenue plummeted. Associated Press

  • Aug 11, 2020
  • News from the Web

Republican Leader Urges Chicago to Bring in National Guard, Lightfoot Says No

Following looting, chaos and clashes in Chicago for the second time this summer, calls have been renewed for the National Guard to be deployed in the city. NBC Chicago

  • Aug 11, 2020
  • News from the Web

Second round of looting puts Chicago at a crossroads

Businesses may be reluctant to rebuild, fearing they won’t be protected. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Aug 09, 2020
  • Press Release

IHA Statement on IDPH Emergency Rules on Face Coverings

A statement from IHA President and CEO A.J. Wilhelmi urges the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules to allow emergency rules on face coverings to move forward to help ensure health and safety.

  • Aug 03, 2020
  • Press Release

Christopher Jessup Joins Illinois Health and Hospital Association

Christopher Jessup has joined the Illinois Health and Hospital Association as Community and Local Government Relations Manager, effective August 3.

  • Jul 15, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Hospital and Health Systems Showcase Quality Improvement Initiatives

Eighty quality improvement projects from Illinois hospitals and health systems represent the dedicated efforts of healthcare professionals to advance quality care and enhance health and well-being.

  • Jul 15, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Business and Healthcare Groups Encourage Use of Face Masks to Save Lives, Protect Jobs

A diverse coalition of business groups renewed calls for Illinoisans to wear face masks when in public to save lives and protect the state’s economy.

  • Jun 24, 2020
  • Press Release

Summer Plants: Safe or Not?

As Illinoisans venture outside for summer fun, the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) reminds you that some of the season’s most attractive plants can be harmful—or even deadly.

  • Jun 15, 2020
  • Press Release

IHA Statement on Health Disparities

Communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, which has highlighted glaring health disparities. Illinois’ hospital community is engaged on this issue.

  • May 01, 2020
  • News from the Web

Governor extends Illinois stay-at-home order to May 30

The statewide stay-at-home order will extend to May 30 with some changes, including mandatory face mask usage in restrictive public spaces, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday. Press Mentor

  • May 01, 2020
  • News from the Web

Pritzker addresses stay-at-home order changes, church’s planned gathering

Illinois officials on Thursday said increased COVID-19 testing is "vital" to reopening the state’s economy, lifting social restrictions and protecting Illinois residents. State Journal-Register

  • May 01, 2020
  • News from the Web

Suicides of two health care workers hint at the Covid-19 mental health crisis to come

The U.S. entered a grim new chapter in the virus saga with the recent deaths by suicide of two healthcare workers on the front lines of the fight against Covid-19 in New York City. Stat

  • May 01, 2020
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With 65 new free testing sites added, Illinois has run nearly 100K coronavirus tests in past week

Gov. Pritzker: 177 public sites now offer free COVID-19 testing statewide with 65 new sites since Pritzker reported last week that Illinois reached the goal of 10,000 tests a day. Chicago Sun-Times

  • May 01, 2020
  • News from the Web

Illinois Latinos surpass African Americans in coronavirus cases

Latino community in Illinois has surpassed African Americans in confirmed COVID-19 cases and could have the greatest number of patients among all races and ethnic groups within days. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Apr 29, 2020
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Elective medical procedures now allowed under Pritzker's modified order

The modified stay at home order will be instituted on May 1st, which will allow medical facilities to perform elective procedures again as of May 11th. ABC 20 TV

  • Apr 29, 2020
  • News from the Web

Chicago Hospital Sues Illinois Over Medicaid Pay ‘Crisis’

Chicago’s St. Anthony Hospital sued Illinois’ Medicaid agency in federal court, alleging the agency violated federal law. Bloomberg Law

  • Apr 29, 2020
  • News from the Web

St. Louis County COVID-19 deaths jump 19% Tuesday as toll rises in Missouri, Illinois

Deaths in St. Louis County connected to the pandemic rose by 25 Tuesday to 157, according to the county. St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • Apr 29, 2020
  • News from the Web

Some doctors says they believe patients are staying away from hospitals, fearing COVID-19

They are fully staffed with doctors and nurses in the emergency room at West Suburban Hospital, in fact they say they have more than they need. ABC 7 TV

  • Apr 29, 2020
  • News from the Web

Trump says US will be able to run 5 million COVID-19 tests per day very soon despite shortages

Pres. Donald Trump said Tuesday the U.S. will “very soon” run 5 million coronavirus tests per day, even as the lack of testing remains an obstacle for many states anxious to reopen for business. CNBC

  • Apr 29, 2020
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Trump says virus testing ‘not a problem,’ but doubts persist

The White House released new guidelines aimed at answering criticism that America’s virus testing has been too slow, and President Trump tried to focus on reopening the nation. Associated Press

  • Apr 29, 2020
  • News from the Web

Post-pandemic recovery depends on ‘a whole new class of jobs’ to help people feel safe in public

Mayor Lightfoot said she expects a “whole new class of jobs that didn’t exist before” to be created by the need to reassure people it’s safe to begin congregating in public again. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Apr 29, 2020
  • Press Release

Health Care Organizations Speak Out Against Legal Challenge to Stay-at-Home Order

IHA, along with ANA, ISAPN and ISMS, submitted an amicus brief on April 29 in the legal case challenging Governor Pritzker's stay-at-home executive order.

  • Apr 28, 2020
  • News from the Web

Leaders in counties with worst COVID-19 death rates say measures go too far: ‘They was dying anyway’

Downstate Jasper County has seen only three residents die of COVID-19, and Monroe County only ten. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Apr 27, 2020
  • News from the Web

Please Do Not Eat Disinfectant

There is no evidence that sunlight can cure coronavirus on the human body. New York Times

  • Apr 24, 2020
  • News from the Web

Illinois’ stay-at-home order will extend through May 31, require masks in public due to coronavirus

Governor Pritzker will extend Illinois' stay-at-home order through May 31, although the modified order will slightly ease some restrictions while implementing new ones as well. WGN TV

  • Apr 24, 2020
  • News from the Web

Illinois officials say the state is hitting its COVID-19 peak — and that’s actually good news

For weeks, Illinois officials have said the state has been “bending the curve” on the COVID-19 pandemic’s rate of growth. Chicago Tribune

  • Apr 24, 2020
  • News from the Web

Postponed elective surgeries one reason Chicago area hospitals not overwhelmed during COVID-19

When the Surgeon General recommended elective surgeries be halted in mid-March so hospitals could save precious medical protective gear, and hospital beds, thousands were told to wait. ABC 7 V

  • Apr 24, 2020
  • News from the Web

Hospitals Take Huge Financial Hits Because Of COVID-19

Many hospitals are struggling financially right now, and in some cases, jobs are on the line. CBS 2 TV

  • Apr 24, 2020
  • News from the Web

State Takes Over Elgin Overflow Hospital Thursday: Officials

For the past couple weeks, the US Army Corps of Engineers has been turning an administrative building on the former Sherman Hospital campus in Elgin into a temporary overflow facility. Patch

  • Apr 24, 2020
  • News from the Web

Big crowds on first day of COVID-19 testing facility in Aurora

A fourth state-run drive-through COVID-19 testing facility opened Thursday morning in Aurora to a long line of vehicles and reached capacity in just 4½ hours. Daily Herald

  • Apr 24, 2020
  • News from the Web

New Task Force Will Plan Chicago’s Economic Recovery From Coronavirus

The COVID-19 Recovery Task Force, announced Thursday by Mayor Lightfoot, will include business leaders, local officials, activists and others from across Chicago and nearby regions. Block Club Chicago

  • Apr 24, 2020
  • News from the Web

Coronavirus shakes the conceit of ‘American exceptionalism’

What if the real “invisible enemy” is the enemy from within — America’s very institutions? Associated Press

  • Apr 24, 2020
  • News from the Web

New data on Gilead’s remdesivir, released by accident, show no benefit for COVID-19

The antiviral medicine remdesivir from Gilead Sciences failed to speed the improvement of COVID-19 patients or prevent them from dying, according a long-awaited clinical trial conducted in China. Stat

  • Apr 24, 2020
  • News from the Web

Hospital EBITDA Margins Fell 13 Percentage Points Year-over-Year in March

As a result of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, hospital EBITDA margins fell 13 percentage points year-over-year in March, according to a Kaufman Hall report released Tuesday. HealthLeaders

  • Apr 13, 2020
  • Press Release

IPC Cleaning Product Exposures Up 30%

The Illinois Poison Center (IPC) urges people to use caution with cleaning products, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Apr 10, 2020
  • News from the Web

Pritzker says Illinois may be ‘bending the curve,’ but crowd limits likely last into summer

Illinois reported 1,344 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 66 additional deaths Thursday as Gov. Pritzker says there is early evidence the state is beginning to "bend the curve" of infections. WGN TV

  • Apr 10, 2020
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‘Virus decides’ when to reopen US, Fauci says; no travel for Easter; deaths surpass 16,000

Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday he would “want to see a clear indication” that the U.S. is “very clearly and strongly going in the right direction,” before reopening the country. USA Today

  • Apr 10, 2020
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Pritzker: Start thinking about a summer with no festivals

It's time to start thinking about a summer without any festivals, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Thursday during his daily coronavirus briefing. Daily Herald

  • Apr 10, 2020
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Federal judge orders new safety policies at Cook County Jail but refuses to release inmates

A federal judge gave mandates to help keep Cook County inmates safe from the virus but ultimately refused to order their release to home incarceration or other forms of custody. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Apr 10, 2020
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Local federal courts donate protective gear to health care workers

The Central District of Illinois has donated personal protective equipment to community health care workers in Rock Island, Peoria, Springfield, and Urbana. KWQC TV

  • Apr 08, 2020
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A thank you to Gov. Pritzker

Illinois physicians and hospitals commend Gov. J.B. Pritzker for his steadfast leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chicago Sun-Times Letter to the Editor

  • Apr 07, 2020
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DuPage/Will cases now exceed 1,420, city cases hit 57, food drive and to help those facing hardships

More than 1,420 residents in DuPage and Will counties have tested positive for the coronavirus as of Monday afternoon. Naperville Sun