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Julian Hernandez (right), 12, a seventh-grader at Hillside School in Illinois, says he feels much safer being back in school knowing that a weekly testing program is identifying those who are sick with COVID-19. Christine Herman/WILL hide caption

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How Some Schools Are Using Weekly Testing To Keep Kids In Class — And COVID Out

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Larry Lieb, 69, feeds the cattle on his farm in Mode, Ill., on July 8. He says he feels safer having gotten the coronavirus vaccine. But he's not interested in trying to convince anyone else to get it. Christine Herman/WILL hide caption

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As Trusted Voices, Farmers Could Be Key To Boosting Rural Vaccination Rates

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Jennifer Gibaldi's daughter Alyssa, 17, began experiencing severe anxiety which left her catatonic during the pandemic last year. But finding help for Alyssa, who has Down syndrome, was challenging, as most health care providers wouldn't take kids with disabilities or they wouldn't take her insurance. Heather Walsh for NPR hide caption

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How A Hospital And A School District Teamed Up To Help Kids In Emotional Crisis

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Experts hope a new insurance provision included in the recent stimulus package could help stem rising maternal mortality in the U.S. Each year, about 700 American women die due to pregnancy, childbirth or subsequent complications. Getty Images hide caption

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With Black Women At Highest Risk of Maternal Death, Some States Extending Medicaid

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As Pregnancy-Related Deaths Rise In The U.S., Experts Say Expanding Medicaid Is Key

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Rashida Humphrey-Wall (right) with her son Kai Humphrey at their home in Washington, D.C. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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How Schools Can Help Kids Heal After A Year Of 'Crisis And Uncertainty'

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Before conducting the nasal swab test for COVID-19 at the Rantoul, Ill., clinic, researchers go out to greet each visitor and ask for basic identification and health information. Christine Herman/Illinois Public Media hide caption

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To Help Farmworkers Get COVID-19 Tests And Vaccine, Build Trust And A Safety Net

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Coronavirus Testing Remains A Problem For Farmworkers, Meatpackers

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Sandra's 17-year-old daughter, Lindsey, has autism. Lindsey thrives on routine, and got special help at school until the coronavirus pandemic cut her off from the trained teachers and therapists she'd come to rely on. Audra Melton for NPR hide caption

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'I've Tried Everything': Pandemic Worsens Child Mental Health Crisis

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2 Counties In Illinois Have Opposite Effects Controlling Pandemic

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Woman Shares Story Of Double-Lung Transplant To Treat COVID-19

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University of Illinois graduate student Kristen Muñoz submits her saliva sample for coronavirus testing on the Urbana-Champaign campus. Christine Herman/Illinois Public Media hide caption

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Swab, Spit Or Stay Home? A Wide Variety Of Plans To Keep Coronavirus Off Campus

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Mayra Ramirez received a double lung transplant after COVID-19 caused irreversible damage to her lungs. Northwestern Medicine hide caption

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'She Was So Sick': From COVID-19 Diagnosis To A Double Lung Transplant

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The lungs of a young woman in her 20s became so damaged by COVID-19 that she could not survive without her blood being oxygenated outside her body on an ECMO machine. She received a double-lung transplant on June 5. In this photo taken before the transplant, the patient is being monitored by the ECMO team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Northwestern Medicine hide caption

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Camdyn and Caydance Austin play together at their home in Windsor, Illinois. Christine Herman/Illinois Public Media hide caption

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