Many counties across Southern Illinois and the county are currently battling the Omicron variant of COVID-19 as it leaves behind devastation in various different areas of life. Local businesses are having trouble staffing their stores, local governments are wondering what to do next and above all community members are concerned for their neighbors like Francis Murphy is.
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On Aug. 30 the Carbondale City Council voted unanimously to require City employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. In late September, they implemented the policy which increased the vaccination rate of their 241 employees by 22%, Public Relations Officer Roni LeForge said.
After reporting a record number of monoclonal antibody infusions to treat COVID-19 in mid-December, SIH says that treatment is not effective in fighting the Omicron strain of the virus.