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. Public testing sites offer free testing regardless of insurance, with no need for a doctor’s referral. Illinois […]

News Around Illinois – Aug. 28, 2020

Attorney: R&B Singer R Kelly Attacked In Federal Detention CHICAGO (AP) — The lawyer for R. Kelly said Thursday the R&B singer, who is awaiting trial on child pornography and other charges, was assaulted by a fellow detainee at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago. Attorney Steve Greenberg revealed in a tweet that he learned […]

What’s Closed In Illinois Due To The Virus

STATEWIDE Gov. J.B. Pritzker has ordered the state’s residents to remain in their homes except for essential needs, March 21 at 5:00 p.m.-May 31. Starting May 1, there will be major modifications to the plan, click here to read about them. All schools — Gov. JB Pritkzer’s order closing all schools in the state has […]

News Around Illinois – April 22, 2020

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Pritzker: COVID-19 Case Peak Hasn’t Happened Yet CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 1,551 new cases of COVID-19 in the state Tuesday. That brings the statewide total to more than 33,000. 119 new fatalities brings the death toll to more than 1,400. IDPH noted that of the people who had confirmed […]

News Around Illinois – April 21, 2020

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Illinois COVID-19 Cases Pass 31,000 CHICAGO — The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,151 new cases of COVID-19 across the state Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 31,508. As of Monday, the number of new deaths is at 59, which brings the total number of deaths in the state to 1,349. Gov. […]

News Around Illinois – April 20, 2020

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Coronavirus Cases Top 30,000 CHICAGO – On Sunday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported the number of COVID-19 cases has grown to 30,357. The death toll stands at 1,290. – Reginald Hardwick, Illinois Newsroom Nine Residents Dead From COVID-19 At Fair Havens In Decatur DECATUR — Nine residents at the Fair Havens Senior Living […]

News Around Illinois – April 18/19, 2020

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Pritzker Orders Illinois Schools Closed For Rest of Semester CHICAGO — Illinois’ governor has ordered schools throughout the state to remain closed for the rest of the semester because of the threat of the coronavirus. J.B. Pritzker announced the action Friday during his daily coronavirus briefing in Chicago, extending school closures past the April 30 […]

News Around Illinois – April 17, 2020

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Tests Prioritized As Virus Deaths In Illinois Pass 1,000 CHICAGO — Illinois has reported the deadliest 24 hours so far in the state and officials say new supplies would allow for more testing, which is essential for stopping the spread of the virus. Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday said 125 people had died in the […]

15 COVID-19 Cases Reported At Decatur Long-Term Care Facility

Fifteen people at a long-term care facility in Decatur have been confirmed to have COVID-19, Macon County officials announced Saturday. The cases occurred at Fair Havens Senior Living, and involved ten residents and five staff members. The death of a Fair Havens resident from COVID-19 had been announced on April 7, along with news that […]

News Around Illinois – April 11/12, 2020

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1,465 COVID-19 Cases Reported Friday In Illinois CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,465 new cases of COVID-19 in the state Friday, including 66 new deaths. Most of the deathers were reported in the Chicago area. But fatalities were also reported in Rock Island County in the Quad Cities area, St. Clair […]

News Around Illinois – April 9, 2020

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Illinois COVID-19 Cases Top 15,000 URBANA – The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,529 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state Wednesday, including 82 additional deaths.  Those deaths included Macon County’s first fatality: the resident of a Decatur long-term care facility.  Stark County reported its first confirmed COVID-19 case, becoming the 78th of […]

Champaign County July 4th Fireworks Celebration Canceled

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URBANA – Champaign-Urbana’s annual Fourth of July festival will not be held this year. The organizers of the Champaign County Freedom Celebration posted the announcement on their website Tuesday. The Freedom Celebration events, including a parade and fireworks, take place on the University of Illinois campus. But the U of I has announced the cancellation […]

News Around Illinois – April 8, 2020

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Illinois Confirms 1,287 New COVID-19 Cases, Including Member Of Governor’s Staff CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,287 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, including 73 additional deaths. Those deaths include a Champaign County man in his 80s, and a Ford County man in his 80s. The total number of COVID-19 […]

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 […]

Local Restaurants Keep Serving During Coronavirus Shutdown

CHAMPAIGN – Shutdown orders related to the coronavirus pandemic have been hard on restaurants, but especially on local restaurants without drive-through windows or backing from national chains.  In Champaign-Urbana, some restaurants have closed during the shutdown period, but others are staying open, even though their dining rooms are closed. The Fiesta Café has been serving […]