The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Tuesday, August 3, 2021


"If kids are going into an enclosed area, especially with people who you don't know their vaccination status, they should be wearing a mask," said Dr. Delene Musielak, pediatrician at St. Luke's Hospital. Ashley Burgess/St. Louis Public Radio

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Today's headlines:

  • Governor JB Pritzker has signed a new law aimed at actually removing guns from Illinoisans with revoked gun licenses.

  • The new school year approaches, just as the COVID-19 Delta variant is surging. That has led schools to rethink mask-optional policies in place from earlier this summer.

  • The University of Illinois Flash Index showed the Illinois economy growing at a slightly slower pace in July, compared to the month before.

  • Champaign County health officials reported 45 new COVID-19 cases Monday and one additional death. The county’s death toll from the coronavirus is up to 160.

In today's deep dive, children under 12 are not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine yet, but they can still catch and spread the coronavirus. We get tips from a pediatrician on keeping kids safe.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Peter Medlin, Jim Meadows and Shahla Farzan.