Where to get COVID testing and vaccines in Central Illinois

Updated: February 8, 2022 As the state of Illinois increases resources at local health departments to provide mass vaccinations, we are providing locations in/around the Champaign-Urbana area of places to receive the COVID vaccines and testing. As of late December, Illinois is seeing its highest surge in COVID-19 cases during the entire pandemic. For people […]

People face long lines as they rush to get tested for COVID ahead of the holidays

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Holiday travel, family gatherings and the rapid surge of new coronavirus cases triggered by the omicron variant, are driving huge demand for COVID-19 tests, leaving people scrambling as they prepare to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s. The result so far has been around-the-block lines at testing sites and shortages of at-home tests […]

Urbana schools take COVID-19 tests to classrooms

URBANA – In three Urbana elementary schools, most students take COVID-19 tests once a week. And they barely have to step out of their classrooms. The schools are part of a pilot program Urbana School District #116 started this fall. “It’s been working really well,” says district Chief Information Officer John Gutzmer. “We’ve been able […]

How Being A Chaplain Gave One Pastor A Sense Of Urgency In The COVID Fight

CHAMPAIGN — Keith Thomas wears many hats in the Champaign-Urbana community.  He’s a full-time pastor at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church. And he’s also been on the frontlines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, working as a hospital chaplain at OSF HealthCare. Thomas says the hardest situations he’s been in — as a local chaplain — have […]

Greenville Officials Say U Of I’s COVID-19 Test Made Campus A ‘Safe Haven’

GREENVILLE – About 10% of undergraduates at Greenville University in southern Illinois contracted COVID-19 this semester, according to data from the campus. The small private Christian college located about 50 miles east of St. Louis used the University of Illinois COVID-19 Shield program during the fall semester.  President of Greenville University, Suzanne Davis, says thanks […]

U Of I Preparing To Expand COVID-19 Testing To Champaign-Urbana Community

URBANA – The University of Illinois’ saliva-based COVID-19 testing program will soon be available to the larger Champaign-Urbana community, according to university officials. Currently, the test is only available to students and staff on some college campuses. But officials say plans are now in the works to make it available to Champaign-Urbana community members, too. […]