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First Confirmed Coronavirus Case In Champaign County

In this image from a scanning electron microscope, the new coronavirus is in orange.
In this image from a scanning electron microscope, the new coronavirus is in orange.

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CHAMPAIGN – On Sunday afternoon, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District announced the first case of COVID-19 in Champaign County.

Health officials said the patient is a woman in her 50’s. She is in home isolation and recovering. 

On Saturday, the number of Illinois coronavirus cases rose to 66 from 48 as residents with the illness emerged in central and southern regions of the state.

The director of the state health department says the number of Illinois cases should “increase dramatically” as results come in from private labs.

The Illinois Tollway says drivers must pay electronically and stop using cash in order to protect themselves and workers at toll booths. 

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Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director at Illinois Public Media. He oversees daily newscasts and online stories. He also manages The 21st Show, a live, weekday talk show that airs on 7 NPR stations throughout Illinois. He is the executive producer of IPM's annual environmental TV special "State of Change." And he is the co-creator of Illinois Soul, IPM's Black-focused audio service that launched in February 2024. Before arriving at IPM in 2019, he served as News Director at WKAR in East Lansing and spent 17 years as a TV news producer and manager at KXAS, the NBC-owned station in Dallas/Fort Worth. Reginald is the recipient of three Edward R. Murrow regional awards, seven regional Emmy awards, and multiple honors from the National Association of Black Journalists. Born in Vietnam, Reginald grew up in Colorado and is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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