Statewide: A Reporter Goes Inside A Nursing Home Experiencing An Outbreak

Apr 30, 2020

On this week's Statewide, a Decatur newspaper tells the view from within a senior living facility that has seen dozens of COVID-19 cases and several deaths.  

College journalists have left campuses, but they are still providing the student's perspective and publishing online.  Also, not everyone who gets sick with COVID-19 winds up in the hospital.  Many are getting help from health care workers while they recover at home. 

Those stories and more on the latest episode of Statewide. 

Our lineup: 

* Decatur Herald and Review Editor Allison Petty talks about her visit inside Fair Hills Senior Living in Decatur and the precautions she took to get the story.  

* Rich Egger of TriStates Public Radio reports on a class at Western Illinois University that shifted from studying past disaster responses to analyzing today's pandemic.

* Mike Smith tells us how student journalists are still on the beat, even with campuses nearly empty. 

* Kate McGee of WBEZ finds out how the coronavirus has impacted first generation students deciding where to attend college in the fall.

* Bill Wheelhouse examines changes being made in certain counties regarding property taxes this year.

* Julie Pryde of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District talks about finding needed supplies, which she likens to a "cage match." 

* Olivia Mitchell reports on pandemic health workers helping patients recover at home.

* Illinois High School Association Executive Director Craig Anderson talks about the prospects for fall high school sports.

* Mike Smith interviews Betsy Goulet, who trains child welfare workers through a program at the University of Illinois Springfield.  They discuss the need to change some of the program to deal with a socially distant reality.

* Jenna Dooley with WNIJ puts in a call to her grandmother, an 87 year old who resides in an assisted living facility and takes classes remotely through Northern Illinois University. They talk about social distancing in a retirement community.  

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