217 Today: Friday November 13, 2020

 
 Memorial Health System's five central Illinois hospitals are seeing an increase in COVID-19 patients and a rising test positivity rate. MHS began publishing daily updates on a public COVID-19 dashboard released this week.

Memorial Health System's five central Illinois hospitals are seeing an increase in COVID-19 patients and a rising test positivity rate. MHS began publishing daily updates on a public COVID-19 dashboard released this week.

Screenshot from MHS COVID-19 dashboard

Friday November 13, 2020

Today’s headlines:

  • Governor JB Pritzker is warning of another possible stay-at-home order for Illinois as Coronavirus stats keep climbing.

  • Today is the last day for in-person classes at the Champaign Unit Four and Urbana school districts until January. Both districts say they’re switching to remote instruction only, starting Monday per recommendations from the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. 

  • Meanwhile, Carle is announcing new restrictions for visitors beginning today. They will allow no visitors for patients at Carle Hospital, except under extenuating circumstances.

  • As for the numbers, the state of Illinois set new records yesterday for the number of new COVID-19 cases -- and the number of people hospitalized with the disease.

In today’s deep dive, as COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise across Illinois, we’llhear from Decatur Memorial Hospital’s Chief Medical Officer to see how they’re coping. He talks with Illinois Newsroom's Christine Herman.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts and hosted by Brian Moline. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Jim Meadows, and Christine Herman.