Month: July 2020

Illinois Coronavirus Update July 29: 173,731 Cases, 7,446 Deaths

ILLINOIS — State health officials on Tuesday announced 1,076 new cases of the coronavirus and 30 additional deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus, bringing the statewide total to 173,731 confirmed infections and 7,446 known deaths. Another 1,242 probable cases and 192 probable deaths are not included in the official totals.

The latest deaths include:

  • Champaign County – 1 male 70s

  • Coles County: 1 female 30s, 1 female 40s, 1 female 80s

  • Cook County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 50s, 2 male 50s, 2 females 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 3 males 80s, 3 females

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Arlington Animal Shelter Adapts Its Services To Coronavirus

ARLINGTON, VA — Even though the Arlington County Animal Shelter remains closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic, Arlington residents are still able access many of the shelter’s services online or by phone.

“We’re constantly thinking outside the box in how we can continue to help pets and people in our community, whilst being safe,” said Chelsea Jones, communications specialist with the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, which runs the shelter for the county.

Since April 8, AWLA has been offering virtual adoptions, where potential adopters are able to review available pets online. They can then set

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Vietnam Announces New Ban on Wildlife Imports and Wildlife Markets

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Vietnam’s prime minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, issued a new directive last week that bans most wildlife imports into the country and cracks down on the illegal wildlife trade in the country.

The move was in response to concerns about the link between pandemic diseases, such as COVID-19, and wildlife markets. It has been reported that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) originated in late 2019 in a live-animal market in Wuhan, China. Vietnam officials hope the new ban will reduce the risk of future pandemics.

“Vietnam’s directive clearly shows the government’s commitment to eradicating illegal wildlife trade and consumption. The directive

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Why we hunger for a connection to the wild during quarantine

In the time of quarantine, one woman tells of her children's attachment to a screech owl. Another places a bird feeder outside her elderly mother's bedroom so she can be soothed by sparrows, chickadees and doves. <span class="copyright">(Lisa Kogawa / For The Times)</span>
In the time of quarantine, one woman tells of her children’s attachment to a screech owl. Another places a bird feeder outside her elderly mother’s bedroom so she can be soothed by sparrows, chickadees and doves. (Lisa Kogawa / For The Times)

While growing up, Alan Rabinowitz stuttered so badly that he could barely communicate with other people. For a while he gave up trying. But when he was 5 years old, his father took him to the Bronx Zoo, where he was drawn to a solitary jaguar. After a while, the jaguar moved toward him and sat down. And

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Illinois Won’t Be Able To Take Masks Off For 6+ Months: Pritzker

ILLINOIS — State health officials on Monday announced 1,231 new cases of the coronavirus and 18 additional deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus, bringing the statewide total to 172,655 confirmed infections and 7,416 known deaths. Another 1,242 probable cases and 192 probable deaths are not included in the official totals.

The latest deaths include:

  • Cook County – 1 male 30s, 1 male 40s, 1 male 50s, 2 females 60s, 3 males 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 male 70s, 1 male 90s

  • DuPage County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 90s

  • Peoria County: 1 female 50s

  • Winnebago County:

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