Safe, Not Scared: Novel Coronavirus

  ‘A line in the sand’: Both sides dig in on virus relief bill

Neither side has budged from their positions, with Democrats demanding an extension of the $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit that's credited with propping up the economy.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

  Trump nursing home plan limits supply of free COVID-19 tests

  Wave of evictions expected as moratoriums end in many states

  Gov. Pritzker to discuss COVID-19 response, infrastructure in southern Ill. visit

Kennett Humane Dept. needs donations to care for dogs in hoarding case

  SIUC graduate assistants call for remote learning this fall amid growing COVID cases in Jackson County

24 new COVID-19 cases reported in Graves Co.

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  95 active COVID-19 cases reported in Cape Girardeau Co.

Trump claims authority to issue order on mail-in votes

  Progress slow on virus relief bill as negotiations continue

  Pandemic causing burnout for people working from home

Annual Sturgis rally expecting 250K, stirring virus concerns

  SIU is making their own hand sanitizer

7 more COVID-19 cases reported by Egyptian Health Department

The Egyptian Health Department was notified on August 3, of seven Southeastern Illinois residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Bi-County Health reports 23 more COVID-19 cases

The Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department reported 23 new cases of COVID-19 on August 3.

7 Cardinals, 6 staff test positive; series at Detroit off

Seven St. Louis Cardinals players and six staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, causing Major League Baseball to postpone the team’s four-game series at Detroit.

S7HD reports 1 new death, 25 more COVID-19 cases

The Southern Seven Health Department (S7HD) reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 in the Southern Seven region on August 3.

6 more COVID-19 cases reported in Jackson Co.

  Nearly 300 employees in Ga. school district test positive or in contact with virus

323 new cases of COVID-19 in Ky.

US Treasury projects record Q3 borrowing of $947 billion

  MSHSSA working with schools in areas of Mo. that require online learning, no sports in fall

  TDH: Tennessee COVID-19 cases top 110K, 19 new deaths reported

  1,047 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mo.

The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Missouri is 52,887, with 1,255 total deaths.

Baptist Health passes 100,000 mark in testing for COVID-19

The hospital system has conducted 102,013 tests, as of July 31.

  Some parents forming ‘pandemic pods’ to teach their kids

It’s August, and kids are going back to school. Some children will go to physical classrooms, but some parents are forming what are being called “pandemic pods.”

  Gov. Pritzker launches mask awareness campaign; 1,298 new cases of COVID-19 in Ill.

The new $5 million campaign encouraged Illinois residents to wear a face covering every time they’re in public.

  ‘We were a regular family’: Ga. teen loses both parents to COVID-19 days apart

The 17-year-old says he and his parents took all the proper precautions, but they all tested positive for COVID-19. He doesn't know how they contracted the virus.

  Parents struggle as schools reopen amid coronavirus surge

Many schools are planning a hybrid approach, with students alternating between in-person classes and online instruction.

  Retail rout gains pace, Lord & Taylor seeks bankruptcy

Household names, many longtime anchors in malls nationwide, were already struggling to keep up with a radical reformation in what people buy, and where they buy it. Much of that activity has moved online.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson tests positive for COVID-19

Per NFL protocols, Pederson can return to the team facility after waiting 10 days since his first positive test if he remains asymptomatic or at least five days if he has consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart during that five-day span.

  Lake County schools postpone opening due to COVID-19

Students will not return to school on Monday, August 3, and there will not be classes through August 7.

  With loan money gone, restaurants are at mercy of coronavirus

Many restaurants that got coronavirus relief loans have spent the money and now find themselves in the same precarious position as in the pandemic’s early days.

Employees, patients of a Perry Co., Ill. long-term care facility test positive for COVID-19

14 patients have also been confirmed positive

2 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Cape Girardeau County

482 residents have recovered.

  As school begins amid virus, parents see few good options

As the academic year begins in many places across the country this week, parents are having to choose whether to send their children for in-person classes or keep them home for remote learning because of the coronavirus pandemic.

31,185 COVID-19 cases reported in Ky.

As of 1 p.m. Aug. 2, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 31,185 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 463 of which were newly reported Sunday.

Egyptian Health Department reports 8 more COVID-19 cases

The Egyptian Health Department was notified on August 2, 2020, of eight Southeastern Illinois residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Pac-12 football players urge opt-out amid COVID-19 concerns

The Pac-12 on Friday released a revised football schedule for the upcoming season, which because of the pandemic is not guaranteed to be played.

  India reports 55,000 virus cases, Florida faces storm

India reported nearly 55,000 new coronavirus cases on Sunday and Japan recorded more than 1,500 for a second day while Florida braced for a tropical storm that threatened to hamper anti-disease efforts.

  Scientists study coronavirus outbreaks among minks in Europe

In the meantime, authorities have killed more than 1 million minks at breeding farms in Spain and the Netherlands as a precaution.

  Jackson County Health Department reports 18 new cases of COVID-19

15 residents were released from isolation today, bringing total recoveries to 459.

Cape Girardeau County Health Department reports 1 new case of COVID-19

That brings the total number of cases to 616. Of those, 131 are active and 482 are recovered.

South Africa hits 500,000 confirmed cases, still not at peak

South Africa on Saturday surpassed 500,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, representing more than 50% of all reported coronavirus infections in Africa's 54 countries.

572 new COVID-19 cases reported in Kentucky

There were five new deaths Saturday, raising the total to 740 Kentuckians.

  Ind. student tests positive for COVID-19 on first day of school

The district’s superintendent, Dr. Harold Olin, says their plan was immediately put in place.

  Negotiators report progress in COVID-19 aid talks

The White House and its GOP allies appear to be retreating from their opposition to a $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit that has propped up both the economy and family budgets but expired Friday.

Egyptian Health Department reports 3 more COVID-19 cases

The Egyptian Health Department was notified on August 1 of three Southeastern Illinois residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.

  Storm could hinder US virus response; Mexico No. 3 in deaths

Hurricane Isaias’ imminent arrival forced the closure of some outdoor testing sites even as Florida reached a new daily high in deaths.

Bi-County health reports 15 more COVID-19 cases

The Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department reported 15 new COVID-19 cases on August 1.The individuals are being isolated.

Will the ‘Town Too Tough to Die’ survive the coronavirus pandemic?

"Everybody was concerned as to whether or not they would be able to survive this and we're still not out of it."

  US sinks another $2.1 billion into a potential vaccine

The U.S. government has a further option for the supply of an additional 500 million doses longer term as part of its Operation Warp Speed program.

Perry County, Ill. reports 5 new cases of COVID-19

The total number of positive cases in Perry County, Illinois is 104.

  Carbondale ordinance requires face coverings in public

The mask requirement will be in effect until the State of Illinois enters Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan, unless repealed sooner by the City.

  Cape Girardeau Health Center gives update on mask mandate

Right now, there’s no expiration date for Cape Girardeau County’s mask mandate.

16 new recovered cases of COVID-19 in Cape Girardeau County

193 cases are in Cape County, 315 cases are in the City of Cape, and 102 cases are in Jackson.

S7HD reports 15 newly recovered COVID-19 patients

Southern Seven confirms 1 new case of COVID-19 in Johnson County.

Egyptian Health Department reports 12 new cases of COVID-19

11 cases are in Saline County, and one is in Gallatin County.

25 new COVID-19 cases reported in Jackson County

There are 150 active cases are currently being managed.

  Road trip? Quarantines mess with Americans’ travel plans

The web of state and local quarantines is growing more tangled by the day: New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have ordered visitors from a whopping 34 states to quarantine for 14 days.

  Fauci confident virus vaccine will get to Americans in 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci is returning to Capitol Hill on Friday.

  Georgia camp with COVID-19 outbreak didn’t require masks

A Georgia overnight camp hit by a coronavirus outbreak took many precautions, but didn’t make campers wear masks or have proper ventilation in buildings, according to a government report released Friday.

Bi-County Health Department reports 14 new COVID-19 cases

175 have recovered in Williamson County and 59 have recovered in Franklin County.

One more person contracts COVID-19 in Reynolds County

This brings the total number of confirmed positive cases in Reynolds County to 16.

Some southern Ill. counties at ‘warning level’ for COVID-19; Nearly 2K new confirmed cases in state

A county enters a warning level when it experiences an increase in two or more COVID-19 risk indicators from the state’s COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigation plan.

Virus rocks MLB: Cards-Brewers off; 2 St. Louis positives

The coronavirus forced another change in Major League Baseball’s schedule, bringing the league’s total to eight teams affected in the first nine days of the season.

Transition from work-at-home novice to pro

As work and home life meld, it’s difficult to maintain boundaries, stay productive and take care of your mental health amid the pandemic.

  Rent’s due, again: Monthly anxieties deepen as aid falls off

Many left jobless by the crisis are already behind on payments. And the arrival of August brings new anxieties.

2020 Golconda, Ill. Shrimp Festival canceled due to pandemic

It was originally scheduled for September 19.

  Virus testing turnaround times reveal wide disparity

Health experts say test results that come back after two or three days are nearly worthless, because by then the window for tracing the person's contacts to prevent additional infections has essentially closed.

  New Albany restaurant sticks to carry-out only business model

The owner of Chicago City Pizza wants to know more science behind the coronavirus before reopening the restaurant to dine-in seating and hiring his employees back.

  Heartland quilt shop sees boom in sales during COVID-19

Local fabric store doubles sales during COVID-19

  2nd US virus surge hits plateau, but few experts celebrate

Scientists aren’t celebrating by any means, warning that the trend is driven by four big, hard-hit states and that cases are rising in at least half of all the states

  Trump offers, Democrats reject fix for $600 jobless benefit

Frustrated negotiators of a massive coronavirus relief bill face heightened pressure with Thursday’s brutal economic news and the rapidly approaching lapse in a $600 per-week expanded jobless benefit that has helped prop up consumer demand.

  Possible COVID-19 exposure at Clearwater R-I summer school

While the student was not symptomatic while at school, the district has canceled summer school for tomorrow

Graves County reports 26 new COVID-19 cases

The total number of cases is 490.

SEC goes to conference-only schedule, Sept. 26 start

The SEC's university presidents agreed on a 10-game schedule that eliminates all nonconference opponents and is set to begin Sept. 26.

  Three Rivers College announces fall semester return to class plan

Classes will resume on August 17.

  Record economic plunge, bleak jobs numbers reveal virus toll

The coronavirus pandemic sent the U.S. economy plunging by a record-shattering 32.9% annual rate last quarter and is still inflicting damage across the country, squeezing already struggling businesses and forcing a wave of layoffs that shows no sign of abating.

  Herman Cain dies of COVID at 74

Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has died of COVID-19. He was 74.

Egyptian Health Department reports 9 new cases of COVID-19

Five residents are from Saline County, one is from Gallatin County, and three are from White County.