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Southern Seven reports two more recovered and six new cases in region

Southern Seven Health Department (S7HD) confirms two more individuals have recovered from COVID-19 in the Southern Seven region: One is from Pulaski County. The other is from Union County. This brings the total number of recovered individuals, to date, with COVID-19 to 11. Southern Seven confirms six new cases of …

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Goreville Schools adjust to remote learning

By Jordan McBride With Governor Pritzker ordering all schools to convert to remote learning at the end of March, Johnson County school districts have had to adjust to this unprecedented request. Despite facing logistical challenges and complications on a large scale, faculty, staff and administrators are making sure students have …

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Southern Illinois legislators announce “Southern Illinois Strong” drive

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to cause economic hardship for small business owners across the State of Illinois and throughout the United States, Southern Illinois’ legislative delegation are endorsing a new “Southern Illinois Strong” t-shirt fundraising drive. State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) and State Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) have joined …

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Southern Seven Confirms 4 New Cases of COVID-19 in Region

 Southern Seven Health Department (S7HD) confirms four new cases of COVID-19 in the Southern Seven region. A female in her 50’s from Pulaski County, a female in her 40’s from Johnson County, and a male in his 60’s and a male in his 70’s; both from Union County. All persons …

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First case of COVID-19 reported in Johnson County

Southern Seven Health Department (S7HD) reports a first case of COVID-19 in Johnson County.  The individual is a male in his 20s and is being isolated. Southern Seven Health Department will report on the number of confirmed positive cases as more cases appear. The number of individuals confirmed, to date, …

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Vienna High School considers deploying Wi-Fi-equipped buses throughout the county, asks community for input

From Vienna High School Superintendent Josh Stafford We are looking into various ways to increase internet access to better accommodate remote learning. While I know that we do not have the perfect solution to every question during this time, it is important to make gains and improvements where we can. …

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Massac County Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19

Southern Seven Health Department was notified April 1st of a Massac County resident who tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The individual, a female in her 60’s, has been notified. This is the first laboratory confirmed positive of COVID-19 in the southern seven county region. This individual is thought to have …

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Pritzker to extend stay-at-home order, school closures through April 30

By Jerry Nowicki Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com K-12 schools will remain closed and a stay-at-home order for Illinoisans will remain in place through April 30, as Gov. JB Pritzker announced during his daily COVID-19 briefing Tuesday that he plans on extending those orders on Wednesday. Pritzker’s office said businesses permitted …

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With schools closed, area staff, volunteers work hard to feed students

While a picture is worth a thousand words, there are times that it still does not get the job done. “This is just a snapshot of a loving, caring, and dedicated community!” VHS Superintendent Josh Stafford said, sharing photo of the Vienna High School cafeteria packed with staff and stacked …

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IHSA Announces Tournament Updates Related to COVID-19

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced on March 12, 2020 that it will significantly limit attendance at the remaining games in the 2020 IHSA Boys Basketball State Series, as well as at other IHSA events, to preemptively reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. The decision comes after consultation with …

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