The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Wednesday Feb. 3, 2021

 
Chelsea Davis has had her employment disrupted by COVID-19, as well as her participation in the Special Olympics.

Chelsea Davis has had her employment disrupted by COVID-19, as well as her participation in the Special Olympics. Courtesy of Chelsea Davis

Wednesday Feb. 3, 2021

Today's headlines:

  • Illinois has been in what’s called Phase 1B of its vaccine rollout efforts for a week now, but many now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines aren’t able to find appointments.

  • Sexual health education could soon be mandatory in Illinois public schools. That's under reintroduced legislation from Democrats in the General Assembly.

  • High school sports are back on the schedule in Illinois, with COVID-19 precautions in place. Some high school student athletes have already competed in their first game ofthe season.

  • Champaign County health officials say the COVID-19 variant that was first identified in the United Kingdom has reached Champaign County. This variant spreads more easily.

In today's deep dive, the third story in our four-part Move to Include intitiative, exploring the impact of COVID-19 on people with disabilities. This series is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts. Today's stories contributed by Hannah Meisel, Christine Hatfield, Lee Gaines, and Colleen Pellesier.