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Nurses reset injection stations set up at Woodstock North High School on February 12 after a wave of MCHS teachers, staff members, and administrators received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

MCHS teachers and staff receive first COVID dose

Emma Snyder, News Editor February 26, 2021

The teachers and staff of MCHS had the opportunity to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on February 12.  Last Friday, after school, several MCHS personnel headed to Woodstock North High...

Counselor Sarah Sadler works at her computer in her office in West Campus. She and  counseling intern Jenna McLaughlin have launched a workshop series to offer support to students with anxiety.

Weekly anxiety workshops meet on Zoom

Joe Ndu, Staff Writer February 23, 2021

Among all of the chaos of the pandemic, remote learning and the hybrid schedule, the importance of mental health often gets lost. West Campus counselor Sarah Sadler and counseling intern Jenna McLaughlin...

Health care workers collect saliva samples at a drive-up testing site in Arizona in November. Since then, COVID cases have dropped significantly in most states, including Illinois.

COVID cases decreasing

Josie Cable, Opinions Editor February 22, 2021

While vaccines start being distributed across the U.S., COVID-19 cases are decreasing from a record-setting surge in December. Over 11 million people have been fully vaccinated with their second dose...

Though vaping has become popular in the past few years, few have considered the effects of respiratory viruses like COVID-19 on people who vape.

Up in the air

Kaitlyn Wenzel, Staff Writer February 19, 2021

Over the past year, COVID-19 has taken over many people’s lives around the world causing their social lives and day-to-day activities to come to a halt. However, a common activity that many teens and...

Teachers and staff at Des Moines Public Schools got their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic held at Central Campus. Overall, Illinois is sixth in the country, following more populous states, in terms of percent of the population receiving at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

McHenry County behind on vaccination

Emma Snyder, News Editor February 9, 2021

As the COVID-19 vaccination efforts begin to increase, McHenry County has the lowest percentage of its population vaccinated out of the Chicago suburb collar counties. The COVID-19 vaccine is in high...

A student sits on her Chromebook during an in-person class at West on January 27., one week after MCHS back from a semester fully remote.

Hybrid continues strong despite challenges

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer February 2, 2021

After starting returning to school January 20, many students and teachers say that hybrid learning is going well, and should continue as planned as they work out problems.  While teachers figure out...

Though many are concerned about COVID-19 and their physical health, MCHS's social services department has created the Virtual Calming Room to support the mental health East and West students — even if they're not in the building.

Virtual Calming Room available for everyone

Josie Cable, Opinions Editor February 1, 2021

Experiencing a different type of learning throughout this school year has affected students' anxiety and stress levels. To offer relaxing solutions during these uncertain times, MCHS’s Virtual Calming...

Patient receives COVID-19 vaccine shot in Anchorage, AL. Frontline health workers were the first scheduled to receive the two COVID injections, which need to spaced several weeks apart.

Distribution of COVID-19 vaccines begins

Joe Ndu, Staff Writer January 26, 2021

Ever since the pandemic quarantined America, we have been waiting for something that would get us back to some semblance of normal. That hope is slowly becoming a reality as the COVID-19 vaccine had begun...

From Black Friday until Christmas Eve, people flood stores looking for the perfect gift for their loved ones. This year has been the opposite of normal, though, so shoppers shouldn't shop as they normally do.

Opinion: Shop safe this holiday season

Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Writer December 11, 2020

What do you get when you cross a global pandemic and Thanksgiving weekend? A super spreading event that causes more transmissions in a state where numbers are still steadily rising. Black Friday shopping...

As the country approaches the holiday season, health officials warn of a surge in cases following Thanksgiving. Case in McHenry County and Illinois have risen steadily in the past month.

COVID-19 cases at a new high post-Thanksgiving

Josie Cable, Opinions Editor December 10, 2020

Following Thanksgiving, coronavirus deaths and cases have been reaching new highs, specialists believe that COVID-19 surges are in the country's future while people continue socializing. Though these...

While most of the world is worried about their physical health, the mental health of many has deteriorated. Therapists, social workers, and other mental health professionals have noticed—and responded.

The doctor is in

Becky Arendarczyk, Art Director December 8, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic made its debut, it created mass hysteria and panic among every community around the world. This intense hit to the mental health of millions not only overwhelmed people in general,...

As cases surges in McHenry County, more and more people are taking COVID-19 tests and learning that the process isn't as difficult or scary as it seems.

Acing the test

Kaitlyn Wenzel, Staff Writer December 7, 2020

COVID-19 has shifted the way citizens of the United States have had to lead in daily life, but this is the process to find out if you have the virus or not. The process to find out whether you are positive...

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