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Safer Illinois provides digital support for COVID-positive students

Students wait at the testing site at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications on Aug. 30. A helpful feature of the Safer Illinois app is the OSF OnCall Connect program, which puts COVID-positive people in contact with OSF OnCall team members.

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Staff Writer

September 14, 2020

The Safer Illinois app is mainly used by the on-campus University community to track COVID-19 test results and gain access to buildings.  One overlooked feature allows COVID-positive users to get medical advice without leaving their isolation spaces. The OSF OnCall Connect program allows students,...

New cases decline during third week of classes

A pair of masked students look at a laptop while sitting at a table outside of Lundgren Hall on Sunday. After a spike in positive cases during week two, the positives lessened in week three.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

September 14, 2020

After a spike in new COVID-19 cases during the second week of classes, the University of Illinois upped restrictions on student movement, discouraged travel during Labor Day weekend and required faculty, staff and graduate students to test only once a week. Last week, the University performed fewer ...

Champaign County COVID-19 updates: 136 new cases on Sunday, 323 active

Three students sit at a table outside of Lundgren Hall on Sunday. Champaign County reported 136 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the total number of active cases in the county to 323.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

September 14, 2020

After 9,227 new tests, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District confirmed another 136 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing Champaign County to 323 active cases.  ZIP code 61820 is Champaign’s biggest contributor to the pandemic: 203 of the active cases reside there, and there have been 1,558 confirme...

Champaign City Council to consider excessive force settlement

The Champaign City Council members discuss and vote on proposed bills on April 18, 2018.

By Salem Isaf, Assistant Daytime News Editor

September 11, 2020

On Sept. 15, the Champaign City Council will decide whether or not to approve a settlement of a lawsuit concerning a claim of excessive force. The incident occurred on Dec. 28, 2018 during a Champaign Police investigation of a shots fired report and the arrest of a person involved in the investig...

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 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...

Champaign Police investigate Monday night shooting

Two officers stand at the intersection of Green and Wright streets on Aug. 28. The shooting that took place Monday night is still under investigation and police are asking anyone with information to come forward.

By Samantha Boyle, Managing Editor for Reporting

September 10, 2020

The Champaign Police are investigating a shooting that occurred in the 100 block of Kenwood Road. Police were dispatched to a hospital on Monday around 9:16 p.m. A 27-year-old victim was discovered with two gunshot injuries, and the victim was taken into surgery. His condition is unknown. The prel...

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.  The students pictured are not necessarily those that received court notices.

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...

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...

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 ...

University changes bike registration program

A student unlocks their bike outside the English Building on Oct. 26, 2018. The University will soon be implementing a new bicycle registration database called 529 Garage.

By Samantha Boyle, Managing Editor for Reporting

September 3, 2020

In order to prevent theft and vandalism, the University offers registration services so residents of the campus area can keep track of their bikes. Already a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly University, the University is transitioning its bike registering process. The University announced on Tuesday that it ...

Joe’s announces closure after University ramps up COVID-19 discipline

Students enter Joe's Brewery during Unoffical 
on March 1, 2019.

By Samantha Boyle, Managing Editor for Reporting

September 2, 2020

Popular campus bar Joe’s Brewery, located on Fifth Street, closed at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The bar announced its closure on Instagram just hours after Chancellor Robert Jones sent out a Massmail to students, staff and faculty on Wednesday informing them of more rigorous efforts to slow the spread ...

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