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The MTD bus drives around on campus. MTD is resuming fares during Covid-19.

CUMTD plans to resume fare enforcement while pandemic drags on

By Da Yeon Eom, Staff Writer August 4, 2021

Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District will resume fare enforcement and require front door boarding on Aug. 15. Both operators and passengers riding the buses or entering the Illinois Terminal are still...

A nurse writes down that the recipient received their second covid vaccine. People are encouraged to get their covid vaccine in order to stop the spread of the virus.

Full herd immunity could become impossible as vaccinations stall, delta variant reaches CU

By Da Yeon Eom, Staff Writer July 19, 2021

Three cases of the delta variant have been confirmed in Champaign County since July 12. The delta variant is considered more contagious than the original SARS-CoV-2 strains. While public health officials...

Seth Patterson checks Anirudh Nandella into the ARC Covid-19 testing center on Feb. 1. Shield CU is expanding their testing program to Parkland Community College on Wednesday.

SHIELD CU expands to Parkland Community College

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Interim Editor-in-Chief July 14, 2021

The SHIELD CU COVID-19 testing program is expanding to Parkland College this Wednesday. Additionally, testing will be available to Parkland’s students, faculty, and staff.  SHIELD CU will be available...

Merry Ann's stands permanently closed at Gregory Place, 701 S Gregory Street in Urbana. Businesses continue to struggle in Illinois despite the phase 5 reopening.

Businesses continue to struggle as Illinois reopens with Phase 5

By Da Yeon Eom, Staff Writer June 24, 2021

For Justin Taylor, owner of JT Walker’s Restaurant & Brewery in Mahomet, Illinois, the pandemic meant facing numerous challenges to his business before ultimately closing it down after 12 years of...

A pharmacist at the Church of the Living God fills a syringe with a Moderna vaccine on Feb. 20. The University will require all students to be vaccinated for the fall semester.

UI System requires students on campus to be vaccinated for fall semester

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Interim Editor-in-Chief June 21, 2021

The University of Illinois System will require students who plan to be on campus this fall to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. According to a Massmail released Monday, those who are not vaccinated for health...

A University student holds a funnel attached to a Covid-19 spit test at the ARC on Feb. 1. The SHIELD CU COVID-19 testing program will expand to community members ages 8 and older.

SHIELD CU expands testing to community members ages 8 and older

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Interim Editor-in-Chief May 28, 2021

The SHIELD CU COVID-19 testing program will be expanded to all community members ages 8 and older free at no cost beginning Tuesday.  Testing participants will download the Safer Community app, which...

Human Zhao research group consisting of from front left, Stephan Lane, manager of the Illinois Biological Foundry for Advanced Biomanufacturing; graduate student Guanhua (Daniel) Xun; Huimin Zhao, the Steven L. Miller Chair of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and a professor of chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, and bioengineering. In back, from left, electrical and computer engineering undergraduate student Vassily Petrov; and mechanical science and engineering undergraduate student Brandon Pepa, who recently graduated pose for a photo. The team created a portable Covid-19 testing device.

New portable testing system allows for detection of COVID-19, other viruses

By Royal Shrestha, Staff Writer May 28, 2021

Researchers at the University have recently developed a new portable testing device capable of detecting COVID-19 in under 30 minutes. It uses a different mechanism to detect COVID-19 than the one found...

Biohazard waste bins line the ARC Covid-19 testing center on Feb. 1. The University is decreasing the number of testing sites around campus and will require less testing during the summer for students, faculty, and staff.

UI lessens quantity of testing sites, frequency of testing for summer

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Interim Editor-in-Chief May 18, 2021

As the semester officially ends, the University is decreasing the number of testing sites around campus and requiring less frequent testing. All students, staff and faculty who live in University Housing...

A group of students stand huddled in line outside of Joe's Brewery on Sept. 17. Effective Friday, Champaign's bars and restaurants will be able to allow customers to stand and walk around.

Champaign set to relax COVID-19 restrictions on bars, gatherings

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Interim Editor-in-Chief May 12, 2021

The City of Champaign will be relaxing some COVID-19 restrictions as the state of Illinois moves into the Bridge to Phase 5 stage of the Restore Illinois Plan on Friday. Deborah Feinen, mayor of Champaign,...

A photo is taken from the Jama Masjid mosque in Old Delhi, India on Sept. 27, 2007. Multiple students at the University are traveling back to India where there is a spike in Covid-19 cases.

International students return to India during COVID-19 crisis

By Aidan Finn, Staff Writer May 11, 2021

International students from India become more nervous with every passing minute. For Siddh Saraogi, undergraduate in Engineering, the fear is overwhelming. “It's easy to feel very helpless, sitting...

Student Anirudh Nandella deposits his completed University COVID-19 test into a receptacle at the ARC on Feb. 1. Testing at the University allowed for a safe return to campus by effectively identifying and quarantining infected individuals.

UI’s COVID-19 testing program passes test of reopening campus

By Willie Cui, Assistant Daytime News Editor May 10, 2021

When the pandemic hit, the world all but stopped in its tracks. With no readily available way to screen for individuals infected with COVID-19, the University shuttered its classrooms and lecture halls,...

COVID-19 Wellness Ambassadors walk along the Main Quad on Oct. 7. The Daily Illini reviews influential COVID-19 moments throughout the past year.

Looking back at a year of COVID-19 at UI

By Vivian La, Assistant Daytime News Editor May 10, 2021

2020 July 8: The first on-campus COVID-19 testing locations open. Testing consists of spitting into a tube. Sites become available for free to all University students, staff and faculty. Aug. 3: The...

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