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Champaign County COVID-19 updates: 158 new cases, 630 active

Students enter the University COVID-19 testing site located outside the National Center for Supercomputing Applications  on Aug. 30. Champaign County has conducted over 325,000 tests since the start of the pandemic.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

September 10, 2020

After 11,127 new tests, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District confirmed another 158 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, boosting Champaign County to 630 active cases.  CUPHD reported 52 more people have recovered from the virus.  ZIP code 61820 is Champaign’s biggest contributor to the pandemic: 463 of the active...

University finds nearly 900 new COVID-19 cases in one week

A group of students walk down Green Street without masks on Aug. 21. More than 1,200 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the first two weeks of school.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

September 10, 2020

With another 104 cases last Friday, University saliva tests identified 1,242 cases of COVID-19 on campus during the first two weeks of classes. Testing during Labor Day weekend was also relatively light: 2,609 tests on Saturday was the lowest count since Aug. 16. Weekend testing 37 new cases on both...

Chancellor Jones replies to University’s COVID-19 questions

Chancellor Robert Jones prepares to give the State of the University address on Jan. 24. Jones answers the University’s questions concerning UI’s COVID-19 response in this Staff Report.

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

September 10, 2020

Will there be a standard list of COVID violations and their corresponding punishments for students to see? If so, what is that list?  No, there is no such list. Student conduct decisions are all individualized – our approach to a student’s first reported failure to wear a mask properly and a st...

University changes COVID-19 testing schedule

Two people walk on a pathway through the Main Quad as a University coronavirus testing site sits behind them outside of Foellinger Auditorium. Faculty, staff and graduate students have been moved to a weekly testing schedule.

By Samantha Boyle, Managing Editor for Reporting

September 10, 2020

All staff, faculty and graduate students are no longer required to get tested for COVID-19 twice a week and instead have been moved to a once weekly testing schedule, the University announced in a Massmail Monday. The changes come after the University found that more than 95% of all new cases were amon...

UI interim vice president testifies at US House of Representatives

Jay Walsh poses for a professional photo. Walsh has been named interim vice president for economic development and innovation for the UI System.

By Samantha Boyle, Managing Editor for Reporting

September 10, 2020

University of Illinois System Interim Vice President for Economic Development and Innovation Jay Walsh testified in front of a subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday morning. Walsh testified in front of the Subcommittee on Research and Technology, which is a part of the Comm...

Students issued notices to appear in court for COVID-19 related violations

Students party in the driveway of a house located on First Street on Aug. 28. Some on campus residents received court notices due to breaking social distancing measures.

By Samantha Boyle, Managing Editor for Reporting

September 10, 2020

On Aug. 28, police officers witnessed a loud party at the offender’s residence in the 100 block of East John Street. According to the police report, party attendees were not socially distanced nor were they wearing face masks. More than 10 people were also present. The offender was issued three city...

Greek, private housing becomes center of campus spread

An Illinois employee hands a student a leaflet on the Main Quad on Aug. 21.

By Heather Robinson, Assistant Daytime News Editor

September 9, 2020

With one fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi, already suspended for hosting a social event well over the 10-person limit, fraternities and sororities have been the center of discussion of how to contain the spread on campus.  Last week, the University announced a two-week stay-at-home-order to be implemented...

Over 1,100 new cases since classes began. What’s next?

Students wearing masks walk through the Main Quad on Aug. 21. Since classes began, there have been over 1,100 new coronavirus cases on campus.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

September 8, 2020

Since University students began classes on Aug. 24, a whopping 1,138 students, faculty and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 through campus’s saliva tests. For the most recent five days of testing where University data is available — Aug. 30 to Sep. 3 — 741 people tested positive on cam...

Champaign County Labor Day weekend: 364 new COVID cases, 492 active

Kushi Gowda checks in at the coronavirus testing site located on the third floor of the Illini Union on Aug. 23. Champaign County has reported 364 new cases over Labor Day weekend.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

September 8, 2020

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District confirmed 364 new cases of COVID-19 in Champaign County from over 51,000 tests done from Friday to Monday of Labor Day weekend, for a new case positivity rate of 0.71%. Of Monday’s 12,886 tests, 67 turned up new cases, or 0.52%. CUPHD reported that anot...

Take a look into UI’s rigorous COVID-19 testing

Students wait in line to take COVID-19 tests at the Illini Union on Aug. 23. The University’s tesing programs allows thousands of students to test each day and receive their results within 24 to 48 hours.

By Bella Keys, Staff Writer

September 8, 2020

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has been taking precautions, quarantining to try to avoid the spread of the deadly virus. Despite the virus, students have returned to campus at the University of Illinois. The University has implemented a rigorous testing program. This program allo...

University restricts Labor Day travel while Urbana bans indoor dining

A group of students stands on the Main Quad while wearing masks on Aug. 21.

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Staff Writer

September 4, 2020

Following the University’s increased enforcement of COVID-19 safety guidelines, the University directed students to avoid traveling or attending large gatherings this Labor Day weekend.  “Many of our positive cases these first two weeks were brought from communities without the level of testing we ...

Updated: Over 800 UI students quarantining on and off campus

The entrance to the North East section of Weston Hall remains locked on Aug. 26. Some of the students in quarantine are currently residing in the first floor of this section of Weston Hall.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

September 3, 2020

Updated Sept. 3, 5:30 p.m.  About 800 students are quarantining after potential exposure to COVID-19, University officials confirmed Wednesday. This is a marked increase since Monday, when 529 students were quarantining or isolating after exposure or infection to COVID-19. The University reported...

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