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The Central Illinois Mosque & Islamic Center sits quietly at 106 S. Lincoln Ave. in Urbana on Saturday. The University is providing nasal swabs for individuals who partake in Ramadan in case fasting causes difficulties in saliva production.

University provides nasal swab testing alternative for Ramadan observers

By Aliza Majid, Assistant News Editor April 12, 2021

The University has announced a nasal swab alternative option that Muslims can request during the month of Ramadan.  Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and will take place from April 12...

Siam Terrace sits quietly at 212 W Main Street in Urbana on Nov. 11. The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity just extended the deadline to apply for a small business grant in Urbana.

Grant program for Urbana small businesses extended

By Amrita Bhattacharyya and Sophie Casaburi April 12, 2021

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has extended the deadline for applications for small business grants in Urbana under the CURES-ES program until May 28. CURES is a COVID-19...

University students sit in a circle during SPAN 308 at the Foreign Language Building on April 16, 2019.  The University of Illinois plans to hold more in-person classes for the fall semester.

University plans to hold more in-person classes for fall semester

By Thomas DeMouy and Neshmia Malik April 8, 2021

While priority course registration is set to begin on April 19, the size, location and delivery method for many University courses are yet to be determined. “(The) goal is to have the semester look...

Allen Hall sits quietly at 1005 W. Gregory Drive in Urbana on Oct. 24. University housing occupancy rates have been declining due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

University Housing experiences occupancy decline amid pandemic

By Thomas DeMouy, Staff Writer April 8, 2021

University Housing has experienced a significant decline in the occupancy rates of student dormitories on campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, accompanied by a more pronounced drop in the number of international...

Professor Peter Abbamonte adjusts his video camera for students who choose to attend class online on Nov. 2. The University is planning on introducing more in-person classes for the fall of 2021.

University plans for fall 2021, includes more in-person events

By Payal Rathore, Staff Writer April 6, 2021

While the official plans for the upcoming fall semester are yet to be released, the administration is currently focusing on providing vaccines for students and the future possibility of having more in-person...

University extends eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine to all faculty, staff, students

University extends eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine to all faculty, staff, students

By Alexandra Gergova, Staff Writer April 5, 2021

The University released a Massmail announcing that all faculty, staff and students are considered eligible to schedule and receive the COVID-19 vaccine via select appointments.  This announcement comes...

University student Bryce Tharp takes a COVID-19 test at the ARC on Feb. 1. The number of B.1.1.7 variant cases is rising in Champaign County.

Contagious variant raises COVID-19 cases on campus

By Neshmia Malik, Staff Writer April 5, 2021

Champaign County is seeing a steady increase in positive cases of the significantly more contagious strain of COVID-19, the B.1.1.7 variant. The contagion with multiple strains that originated in the...

A pharmacist at the Church of the Living God fills a syringe with a Moderna vaccine on Feb. 20. Community members 16 and under are the next in line to obtain the vaccine and receive herd immunity.

Vaccine push continues, individuals under 16 key group to attaining herd immunity

By Mona Alrazzaq, Assistant News Editor April 1, 2021

As vaccines become more widely available, making people under the age of 16 eligible for the vaccine is the next step in order to attain herd immunity. When it comes to attaining herd immunity, Deputy...

Julie Pryde speaks to the community during a briefing with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health Department on Monday. Pryde gave an update on how the vaccination process is going in the Champaign-Urbana area.

CUPHD gives update on vaccination progress in Champaign County

By George Phelan, Staff Writer April 1, 2021

At the end of March, following the first anniversary of the beginning of pandemic lockdowns, the status of COVID-19 vaccinations is progressing steadily in Champaign County. At their most recent press...

New vaccination drives open up in Champaign County

By Alex Chang, Staff Writer March 30, 2021

The University along with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health Department announced new vaccination opportunities this week for eligible individuals who live or work in Champaign County. In a Massmail,...

A COVID-19 vaccination worker checks in a patient at the Church of the Living God on Feb. 20. Two University students are organizing a pop-up vaccination clinic to serve impoverished community members.

Local community activists organize COVID-19 pop-up vaccine clinic

By Royal Shrestha, Staff Writer March 29, 2021

Two former University students are helping to organize an ongoing pop-up vaccine clinic as part of the cooperation between Walgreens and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health Department. Many Champaign-Urbana...

A woman administers a Moderna vaccine at the Church of the Living God on Feb. 20. Students are having mixed reactions on how the University of Illinois has responded to the pandemic.

UI students express mixed reactions to COVID-19 response

By Mona Alrazzaq, Assistant News Editor March 25, 2021

Students have expressed different opinions and concerns regarding the University’s overall response to COVID-19, ranging from formal complaints to informal suggestions on protocol improvements. Recently...

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