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Look ahead at spring semester: a new off-day schedule

Look ahead at spring semester: a new off-day schedule
January 25, 2021

After a longer than average winter break, students are finally returning back to campus to finish one of the UI’s most unusual years. However, because of COVID-19, students will not be getting a spring...

Champaign County virus trends: death rate increases while test positivity slides

Students sit on the Main Quad on Oct. 8. In January 2021, at least 16 COVID-related deaths occurred in Champaign County, the majority being 70 years old or older.
January 25, 2021

When students went away for break, Champaign County was in the throes of a nationwide surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations.  Though far fewer people are testing positive for the virus than a month or two...

Straw or funnel? New UI testing tools aid robotic processing

Jessica Osemwngie checks in at the COVID-19 testing site at State Farm Center on Oct. 9.
January 25, 2021

The University’s rapid saliva-based COVID-19 test has been altered to give students the option of using a straw or a funnel to assist them in filling a narrower test tube with saliva. Dr. Martin Burke,...

As county reopens indoor dining, UI asks students to stay home

Students stand in line while waiting to enter TheRed Lion on Saturday afternoon. The University has recently instated new guidelines asking students to participate in a soft lockdown.
January 25, 2021

After a week of preliminary COVID-19 testing, University of Illinois students have been asked to limit themselves to essential activities until at least early February. For students who disobey the soft...

The Daily Illini recaps presidential inauguration

President Joe Biden takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts as his wife, First Lady Jill Biden, stands next to him during the 59th presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.
January 25, 2021

On Wednesday, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. His election partner, Kamala Harris, was sworn in as the 49th vice president. Here are the highlight moments of the ceremony:  ...

Champaign County continues vaccine push

A senior Champaign County resident receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 12 at the I-Hotel. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District has recently expanded vaccinations to individuals who are 65 or older and have underlying health conditions.
January 25, 2021

COVID-19 vaccines have become available to the 1B group, the second pool of eligible individuals who have been authorized to receive the shot by the federal government.  Phase 1B consists of individuals...

UI surpasses 400 new cases in the new year

Jessica Osemwngie checks in at the COVID-19 testing site at State Farm Center on Oct. 9. This past week, 179 new cases of COVID-19 were identified from Jan. 16-22 after nearly 58,000 tests.
January 25, 2021

The initial screening week for returning University of Illinois students, staff and faculty has concluded, and the results are in: 179 new cases of COVID-19 identified from Jan. 16-22 after nearly 58,000...

Vaccine explainer: when will students get their turn?

Pharmacist Katie Lampan prepares shots of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 12. Vaccine supplies are currently limited to older and at-risk citizens.
January 25, 2021

The process of distributing vaccines to the eligible population is well underway in Champaign-Urbana despite transparency issues from the federal government. Brandon Meline is logistics chief at the...

Indoor dining, decreased COVID-19 restrictions come as UI students return to campus

Student Mark Olgun takes a University COVID-19 test at the State Farm Center testing site on Oct. 9. Returning students must test negative twice this week, with each test more than three days apart, to get access to academic buildings next week.
January 22, 2021

After a drop in several key coronavirus metrics, Region 6 of Illinois, including Champaign County has moved back into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan, just after a drop in test positivity allowed...

The Daily Illini police blotter for Jan. 21

Lieutenant Joseph McCullough investigates a traffic violation on Friday, Sep. 23 2016.
January 22, 2021

Champaign Nothing to report. University Nothing to report. Urbana Burglary was reported on the 2200 block of Philo Road around 1:18 a.m. on Wednesday. According to the report, an unknown offender...

The Daily Illini police blotter for Jan. 20

Lieutenant Joseph McCullough investigates a traffic violation on Friday, Sep. 23 2016.
January 21, 2021

Champaign Nothing to report. University Theft $500 and under was reported at Hopkins Hall, 1208 S. First St., between Nov. 12 and Jan. 14. According to the report, two bicycles, which were locked to...

UI expects UK COVID-19 variant to enter campus community

Pharmacist Katie Lampman fills doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the I-Hotel on Jan. 12.
January 21, 2021

Over the last few months, vaccines have completed phase three of trials, and over 30.6 million doses have been distributed across the U.S.. However, just a few weeks ago, it was reported that new variants...

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