The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Thursday December 3, 2020

 
Discussions are underway about who will be the first to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Discussions are underway about who will be the first to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Retha Ferguson/Wikimedia Commons

Thursday December 3, 2020 

Today’s headlines:

  • An Illinois House panel is opening an investigation into a COVID-19 outbreak at the state-run veterans’ home in LaSalle.

  • Despite a pre-Thanksgiving drop in the number of Illinoisans hospitalized with Coronavirus, that number still exceeds the peak in hospitalizations from COVID’s first wave in thespring.

  • The Urbana Park District and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently completed the first phase of a restoration project at Crystal Lake Park.

  • Champaign County reported 151 new COVID-19 cases yesterday. That brings the total number of cases reported in the county to more than 11,000. Macon County reported four COVID-19 related deaths yesterday, and 73 new cases. Coles and DeWitt Counties reported one COVID fatality each, along with dozens of new cases.

In today’s deep dive, drug manufacturers have released promising early results for their COVID-19 vaccines, but skepticism among Americans remains high -- especially for African Americans. Details from Side Effects Public Media's Carter Barrett.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts and hosted by Brin Moline. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Lecia Bushak, and Carter Barrett.