People Of Color Are The Least Vaccinated In C-U; Local Organizations Are Trying To Help

Editor’s Note: A prior version of this story incorrectly stated the percentage of Black and Hispanic residents in Champaign County who are fully vaccinated. The correct values are now reported below. CHAMPAIGN- When Dr. Wanda Ward, a University of Illinois employee with SHIELD CU, first heard that COVID-19 vaccines were being rolled out, she says […]

COVID-19 Came To Champaign County One Year Ago

URBANA – Champaign County has been living with COVID-19 for one year. Sunday, March 15, 2020, was the day when the first COVID-19 case was announced in Champaign County. The news turned the coronavirus from a headline for county residents, to an eminent danger that has yet to let up. An effort was made to […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Set For Champaign County Residents, 75+

UPDATE: All appointments for the January 12-14 COVID-19 vaccination clinics are full. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District cites an “overwhelming response.” CUPHD says it will announce its next vaccination clinic via their website and social media, once they get an additional supply of vaccines. – JM 1/9/21 11:25 p.m. URBANA – Champaign County health officials […]

New Restrictions Begin In Champaign-Urbana Due To Rising COVID-19 Rates

CHAMPAIGN – From schools to restaurants to hospitals, restrictions are once again underway around Champaign County as COVID-19 cases rise. Friday will be the last day for in-person classes at Champaign Unit 4 Schools and Urbana School District 116. Both districts are switching to remote instruction only, starting Monday. At a Thursday news conference, Champaign-Urbana […]

Pryde: Don’t Give In To ‘Pandemic Prevention Fatigue’

CHAMPAIGN — As the number of COVID-19 cases set a new state record Wednesday, Champaign County also reported a big increase in the number of people testing positive for the virus. The 305 new cases actually occurred over a couple of days. And administrator Julie Pryde with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District said there were […]

U Of I Officials: A Few Students’ ‘Poor Choices’ Could Get Everyone Sent Home

URBANA – About a thousand students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have tested positive for COVID-19 since twice-a-week coronavirus testing became mandatory for all students on Aug. 16. In an effort to get the spread of the virus under control, Chancellor Robert Jones ordered students Wednesday to significantly limit in-person activities for the […]

Health Experts: Masks, Distancing Key To Preventing COVID-19 Outbreaks In Schools

As schools across Illinois finalize their plans to reopen this fall, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is urging students, teachers and school staff members to wear masks at all times and stay at least six feet apart. The C-UPHD recently released guidelines and recommendations for schools and families as they prepare to begin the next […]

Recalled Salad Linked To Intestinal Illness In Champaign County

CHAMPAIGN – If you recently bought packaged garden salad, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District says you should check to see if its been recalled. In a press release late Wednesday, health leaders reported there are six cases of Cyclosporiasis in Champaign County. The intestinal illness can cause watery diarrhea, loss of appetite, bloating, low grade […]

Hundreds Protest Peacefully In Urbana, Champaign In Response To Killing Of George Floyd

URBANA – Hundreds of protesters took over the streets of downtown Urbana Monday to denounce police brutality against people of color — including the recent killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. A diverse crowd — nearly all wearing masks — gathered outside the Champaign County Courthouse. The peaceful demonstration took place a day […]

Processing Plant Hit With Covid-19 Under Scrutiny Since March

The meat processing plant hit with a coronavirus outbreak came under scrutiny by health officials in March before it was cited for being more than 90% out of compliance with infection control practices last week. Public health officials said they visited Rantoul Foods – which had 47 confirmed cases of Covid-19 as of May 5 […]

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 […]

News Around Illinois – April 7, 2020

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1,006 New COVID-19 Cases, 33 New Deaths Reported In Illinois CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,006 new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois on Monday, including 33 deaths. Monday’s state report did not include the death of a COVID-19 patient in Champaign County, reported Monday by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. A […]

Champaign Police Officer Tests Positive For COVID-19

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CHAMPAIGN – The city of Champaign announced late Thursday night that a police officer has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. In a press release, the city said the officer is at home in isolation and does not need hospitalization.  The city did not release any other information about the officer’s […]

Who Can Get Tested For COVID-19 In Champaign County?

With testing kits in short supply, Champaign County health officials are limiting who meets the criteria to get tested for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.  Now, the priority will be given to hospitalized patients with severe acute lower respiratory illness, such as pneumonia, as well as people in vulnerable populations who live in […]

First Confirmed Coronavirus Case In Champaign County

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Click here for resources & more stories from the Coronavirus Info Center. CHAMPAIGN – On Sunday afternoon, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District announced the first case of COVID-19 in Champaign County. Health officials said the patient is a woman in her 50’s. She is in home isolation and recovering.  On Saturday, the number of Illinois […]