Surpassing 25000 dead in state from COVID-19: How pandemic evolved from killing Chicagoans to southern Illinoisans – Chicago Tribune

Emergency room personnel at Franklin Hospital in Benton have been dealing with a significant increase in demand for beds. Without an ICU, the small Downstate hospital is forced to send patients to other hospitals or sometimes treat COVID patients in its emergency department. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune)