COVID-19 News Stories

Philip Ricks headshot.

Contact Tracing for Communities of Color

Alumnus Philip Ricks with the CDC is leading a nationwide effort to design contact tracing for communities of color that addresses longstanding health inequities.

An aerial view of the Stateville Correctional Center.

The Pandemic Behind Bars

Note:  after the original publication of this report, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office provided additional information concerning the total number of detainees who came in contact with the Cook County Jail during the mid-March to mid-June period.…

A graphic showing the science of contact tracing, with one infected person infecting multiple others, and so on down down multiple levels of infection.

SPH to Co-Lead Contact Tracing in Chicago

The City of Chicago announced the UIC School of Public Health will be an integral partner in a $56 million initiative to build contact tracing capacity during the pandemic.

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Reopening Plans for Restaurants

Dr. Peter Orris, chief of occupational and environmental medicine at UI Health, told Restaurant Business restaurants need to be flexible as they adopt best practices.

Dr. Ngozi Ezike speaks at a press conference.

Meet the Faculty Assisting Illinois' COVID-19 Response

Faculty from the School of Public Health are working with IDPH to strengthen its incident command system, bolster workplace safety and build strategies for congregate settings.

The Lake County Health Department building in Waukegan, Illinois.

Alumnus Responds to PPE Needs in Lake County

Alumnus Joe Amaro is navigating complex PPE supply chains to ensure healthcare professionals and first responders are equipped with protective gear in Lake County, Illinois.