The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Tuesday March 9, 2021

 
 After contracting COVID-19 and ending up on life support, Mayra Ramirez received a double-lung transplant on June 5, 2020, at the age of 28. She poses with her dog in this photo taken in January 2021.

After contracting COVID-19 and ending up on life support, Mayra Ramirez received a double-lung transplant on June 5, 2020, at the age of 28. She poses with her dog in this photo taken in January 2021. Provided by Mayra Ramirez

Tuesday March 9, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • A suburban congressman is pushing for a government crackdown on toxic heavy metals in baby food.

  • Governor JB Pritzker has signed a sweeping bill aimed at expanding access to education for low-income and minority Illinoisans.

  • The National Weather Service says efforts continue to get their weather radio station for Champaign and Piatt Counties back on the air --- more than a year after it went silent.

  • Champaign County reported 14 new and 236 active cases of COVID-19 Monday. Both numbers are at their lowest point in several months.

In today’s deep dive, the story of Mayra Ramirez, in her own words. The 28-year-old was the first U.S. COVID-19 patient to receive a double lung transplant.

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