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Harrisburg Register staff report
updated: 1/16/2022 3:14 PM

Alarming rise in local influenza cases
According to the Walgreens Flu Index, the market area of Paducah, Cape Girardeau and Harrisburg are ninth on the list of most flu-related activity in the U.S., with a 1,040% increase month-over-month. To date, flu activity this season is nearly 600% higher nationwide than during the 2020-2021 flu season during the same period. The Harrisburg area increase in influenza cases is consistent with the uptick in flu activity across the U.S. since Thanksgiving that can likely be attributed to an increase in travel and in-person activities for the holiday season. For the week ending Jan. 1, the following 10 markets topped the list: Knoxville, Tennessee; Lafayette, Louisiana; Columbus-Tupelo-West Point-Houston, Mississippi; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; La Crosse-Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Nashville, Tennessee; Tri-Cities, Tennessee-Virginia; Paducah, Cape Girardeau, Harrisburg; Monroe, Louisiana-El Dorado, Arkansas.

Southern IL schools get security grants
Congressman Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) has announced more than $670,000 in federal grants for Anna and Cahokia schools to strengthen security in the classroom. Over 153 jurisdictions nationwide applied and received grants through a Department of Justice School Violence Prevention Program initiative that Bost introduced and had signed into law in 2018.
"School should be a place for our children and grandchildren to learn, make friends, and pursue their interests, not somewhere they are afraid for their safety," said Bost.
Anna Elementary District #37 will use its $401,588 grant to continue Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) training for staff as well as install a number of security enhancements including safety window film and fence wrap, road barriers, upgraded door locks and cameras, and a night lock system.
Cahokia District #187 will use its $268,575 grant to upgrade and add additional cameras at all of their campuses, improve lighting and signage, establish a digital platform to improve communication with law enforcement and parents in emergency situations, and implement emergency and trauma training for staff.