217 Today: Wednesday November 25, 2020

 
Medical personnel at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, conduct drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Park Ridge, Ill., Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Medical personnel at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, conduct drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Park Ridge, Ill., Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Nam Y. Huh/AP

Wednesday November 25, 2020

Today’s headlines:

  • One in four people hospitalized in Illinois are COVID-19 patients --even as the rate of COVID diagnosis has slowed down in the last two weeks.

  • Champaign Unit 4 Schools distributed nearly 500 Thanksgiving meals to families this week.

  • Hospitals in central Illinois are exploring ways to increase capacity to care for an increasing number of COVID patients.

In today’s deep dive, health reporter Christine Herman continues her check-ins with area hospitals amid the continued rise in COVID-19 cases. She talks with Dr. Jared Rogers with OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center in Urbana.

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