The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Tuesday December 1, 2020

 
Less traffic in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic could help explain why fewer young children died during that time compared to prior years. For other demographics, death rates have increased.

Less traffic in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic could help explain why fewer young children died during that time compared to prior years. For other demographics, death rates have increased. bijoubeadboutique/Pixabay (CC0)

Today’s headlines:

  • Despite slight drops in COVID-19 positivity rates and overall hospitalizations statewide in the past two weeks, the entire state of Illinois will remain under stricter mitigations for much of December.

  • Two separate Coronavirus vaccine makers have already asked federal regulators for emergency use authorization following promising clinical trials, and a third may do so this month.

  • Essential workers are more likely to beexposed to the coronavirus --and often face additional barriers to getting tested.

  • Public health officials in Illinois reported 85more deaths from COVID-19 today, and more than 6,100 new cases -- both confirmed and probable.

In today’s deep dive, during the first three months of the pandemic, the number of Americans dying, not just from COVID-19, increased compared to previous years

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