Where Can You Get Tested for COVID-19 In Central Illinois?

For health questions about COVID-19, call the Illinois Department of Public Health hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov. IDPH has also compiled a list of testing sites across the state, including information on testing eligibility and contact information. Illinois has expanded COVID-19 testing criteria to allow all health care workers, including nursing home employees to […]

Hospitals Experiencing Issues Transferring COVID-19 Patients To Nursing Homes

URBANA – Health care providers in central Illinois say they have run into issues with nursing homes not wanting to accept residents back after they’ve been hospitalized for COVID-19.  Dr. Robert Healy, chief quality officer of Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, says early on in the pandemic, some nursing homes had been requiring proof that […]

Carle Hospital Plans To Launch COVID-19 Antibody Testing In Upcoming Weeks

URBANA – Carle Foundation Hospital is preparing to launch antibody testing for COVID-19.  The tests could be available to patients within the next two weeks, says Carle’s Chief Quality Officer Dr. Robert Healy. Not to be confused with COVID-19 testing that is used to diagnose someone who is currently sick, antibody testing determines whether a […]

How Health Care Providers In Champaign-Urbana Are Preparing For Coronavirus

URBANA – Health care providers in east-central Illinois say they’re prepared for the possibility of coronavirus coming to central Illinois.  [perfectpullquote align=”left” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]If someone’s sick enough — if they have a really high fever, if they have a really bad cough or chest pain — we’ll instruct them where to […]

Carle Hospital In Urbana To Participate In Statewide Coronavirus Surveillance Program

URBANA – Starting this week, some patients who present to the emergency department at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana with flu-like symptoms will be tested for the coronavirus. Sample collection will be done at Carle, and testing will be conducted by the Illinois Department of Public Health, which is able to provide in-state testing for […]