Illinois COVID-19 cases hit new high, 11 counties get warning on infections

SPRINGFIELD — On the same day as Illinois hit a record high of new coronavirus infections, 11 counties were put under warning level for infections.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Friday reported 1,941 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the state, including 21 additional confirmed deaths. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 178,837 cases, including 7,495 deaths, with cases in every county.

Lurie Children’s stopping intersex surgeries on children

CHICAGO — The Lurie Children’s of Chicago announce on Wednesday that they would no longer perform genital surgery on children.

In an announcement on their website, the hospital stated that surgery on intersex individuals, particularly clitoroplasty, should not be performed until patients can participate meaningfully in making the decision for themselves, unless medically necessary.

Illinois COVID-19 case count passes 175,000

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Wednesday announced that the state has had 175,124 cases of COVID-19 , including 7,462 deaths.

Cases have been found in all 102 counties in Illinois.

IDPH confirmed 1,393 new cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois on Wednesday, including 18 additional confirmed deaths.

Hospital COVID data disappears, reappears on CDC website

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration put COVID-19 information back on the CDC website Thursday after a national outcry over its removal. But only a small portion and no expected updates.

The Hill reported that the CDC was directed to make the material available online again.

Advocate celebrate gender neutral marker on Illinois birth certificates

SPRINGFIELD — Tuesday was International Non-Binary People’s Day and also the day that a gender neutral marker became available in birth certificates in Illinois.

People who were born in Illinois can now correct their gender marker to designations of M, F, or X. Illinois is one of only a few states that provide for inclusive gender marker options on birth certificates. Other states are California, Colorado, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. New York City also allows individuals to designate a gender neutral marker on their birth certificates.

Klan flyers found in Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON — Ku Klux Klan flyers were found in a neighborhood on the south side of Bloomington this past weekend.

Peoria NBC affiliate WEEK-TV reported that the Bloomington Police Department is canvassing the area.