The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Friday January 22, 2021

 
Citing a lack of access to testing for many vulnerable essential workers, a group of researchers teamed up with a local health clinic to organize pop-up COVID-19 testing events in the central Illinois town of Rantoul.

Citing a lack of access to testing for many vulnerable essential workers, a group of researchers teamed up with a local health clinic to organize pop-up COVID-19 testing events in the central Illinois town of Rantoul. Christine Herman/Illinois Newsroom

Today's headlines:

  • Yesterday, the Champaign Urbana Public Health District announced they are opening up vaccination clinics to residents 65 years or older.

  • The Illinois Department of Public Health announced yesterday that Region 6, which includes Champaign County, is moving to Phase 4 due to its lowering positivity rate and sufficient ICU capacity.

  • University of Illinois tuition will be unchanged in the fall for incoming students.

  • In Illinois, essential workers and seniors over 65 are eligible for coronavirus vaccines beginning on Monday, in vaccine distribution Phase 1-B, although some county health departments have already been giving shots to these groups.  But actually getting an appointment for a vaccination has been challenging — especially for seniors.

  • University of Illinois professor Jonathan Coppess wrapped up his work this week helping the Biden transition team.

In today's deep dive, we’ll hear about the challenges of getting COVID-19 testing to certain vulnerable essential workers.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts. Reporting today contributed by Jim Meadows, Hannah Meisel, Christine Herman and Dana Cronin.