The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

Boxes of disposable straws sit in a cardboard box at the ARC Covid-19 testing center on Feb. 1. The university announces new testing guidance for unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff.

UI announces new testing guidance for unvaccinated students, faculty, staff

By Willie Cui, Assistant Daytime Editor October 12, 2021

With the Friday COVID-19 vaccination deadline fast approaching, the University has announced new COVID-19 testing guidance for students, faculty and staff who remain unvaccinated after the deadline and...

A woman fills a syringe with a Moderna Covid-19 vaccine on Feb. 11 at the I-Hotel. The University received 750 requests for Covid-19 exemptions because of religious reasons.

750 religious exemption requests made for COVID-19 vaccine mandate

By Mona Alrazzaq, Assistant News Editor October 7, 2021

An estimated 750 requests for religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate have been filed with the Office of the Dean of Students so far, according to Robin Kaler, vice chancellor for Public...

Otniel Fernandez, sophomore in Applied Health Sciences, and Nguyen Ha, sophomore in ACES, work on their laptops at the new Siebel Center for Design  on Aug. 27. The University released a Massmail informing students of a new policy restricting educational technology access based on student testing noncompliance.

UI announces new technology restrictions for COVID-19 testing noncompliance

By Vivian La and George Phelan October 7, 2021

On Wednesday morning, the University released a Massmail informing students of a new policy restricting educational technology access based on student testing noncompliance.  The Massmail states that...

A Carle worker gets the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine ready to distribute. Booster shots are recommended for those over the age of 65 and for others who are immunocompromised.

COVID-19 update: UI reports 43 new cases, 0.25% 7-day positivity rate

By Vivian La and George Phelan October 2, 2021

This week the University recorded 43 new cases, according to the University testing dashboard. This number is up 10 cases from last week. The 7-day positivity rate as of Oct. 1 is 0.25%. The highest...

A woman checks in a patient awaiting a dose of the Moderna vaccine at the Church of the Living God on Feb. 20. Pfizer booster shots are now available for health care workers, first responders, and the elderly.

Pfizer booster shots available for health care workers, first responders, the elderly

By Royal Shrestha and Alex Chang October 1, 2021

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District has begun hosting Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster clinics.  According to Massmails sent this week, health care workers including COVID-19 testing center...

Nora Rafaty and Hulya Goodwin, students in LAS, study in the upstairs lounge of Ikenberry Commons on Sept. 18 while wearing masks. COVID-19 cases have decreased in the last week.

COVID-19 update: Campus cases continue to decrease

By Sophie Casaburi, Staff Writer September 24, 2021

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on campus has decreased from last week.  This week the University recorded 33 new cases, according to the University testing dashboard. This is a decrease from...

Students congregate without masks during the Welcome celebration in Lot 31 after new student convocation on Aug. 20. Covid-19 cases have begun to decrease after the initial surge at the start of the semester.

COVID-19 update: Campus cases decrease from initial surge

By George Phelan, Staff Writer September 17, 2021

This week, the recent surge of COVID-19 cases on campus has declined from the initial surge at the start of the semester. Five positive cases were reported on Sept. 14. This number peaked on Aug. 30...

A syringe filled with the Moderna vaccine sits beside boxes of bandages and wipes at the Church of the Living God on Feb. 20. The deadline to be begin the vaccination process at the University was Sept. 16, yet the undergrad vaccination rate is at 91%.

91% of undergrads vaccinated as vaccine deadline looms

By Brendyn Jones, Assistant On-Air Editor September 15, 2021

Wednesday, Sept. 15, was the last day for University members to either receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination or submit a vaccination exemption request to the University following Governor...

The Pfizer vaccine is shown in a tiny bottle. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been granted full approval from the FDA.

FDA grants full approval for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

By Alex Chang, Staff Writer September 9, 2021

The FDA granted full approval to the Pfizer-BionNTech vaccine for individuals 16 and over on Aug. 30, following almost nine months of approval under Emergency Use Authorization. The Pfizer vaccine has...

Birds-eye view of a COVID-19 testing center in Florida. The Delta variant and how to prevent is discussed.

Students show concern regarding Delta variant spread

By Mona Alrazzaq, Assistant News Editor September 7, 2021

After two weeks on campus, many students and faculty members are showing concern regarding the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant.  This school year has noticeably less restrictions than last school...

Many completed rapid COVID-19 saliva tests sit inside of a holding box at the ARC testing center on Feb. 1. Over 1,300 Illinois K-12 schools in 260 districts have signed up for SHIELD Testing after being funded through the CARES act.

Over 1,300 Illinois K-12 schools sign up for SHIELD Testing

By George Phelan, Staff Writer September 6, 2021

As the Delta variant continues to threaten the closure of schools, many Illinois K-12 schools are utilizing the University-developed SHIELD test in order to protect the safety of their students.  Over...

Illinois English Placement Test Coordinator Rurik Tywoniw completes a rapid COVID-19 test at the ARC on Feb. 1. The University has seen an increase in COVID-19 testing amidst rising cases.

UI sees increase in COVID-19 testing amid rising cases

By Vivian La, Assistant Daytime News Editor September 5, 2021

Students are testing more frequently for COVID-19 compared to the start of the semester — some as a precaution and others said because the University made it mandatory for their University Housing building. Since...

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