Deaths From Overdose And Homicide Rising In Champaign County — And Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — Following state and national trends, Champaign County is seeing an uptick in drug overdose deaths and homicides. Over the past five years, the number of people who’ve died from a drug overdose — in both Champaign County and the state of Illinois — has roughly doubled.  Last year, 52 Champaign County residents died […]

U Of I Saliva Test Coming To Two Champaign-Urbana Schools, With Hopes To Expand

URBANA – OSF HealthCare announced a new partnership with the University of Illinois Tuesday that will expand the U of I’s saliva-based COVID-19 test into the broader Champaign-Urbana community. Starting next Friday, the saliva test will be available to students, teachers and staff at two schools in Champaign-Urbana: Stratton Academy of the Arts and Urbana […]

Slow Coronavirus Vaccine Rollout Continues In Illinois, As More Become Eligible

URBANA – Supply chain issues and logistical challenges are causing the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine in Illinois to move slower than expected. But the vaccine is now going out to older adults in some parts of the state. The first phase of the state’s rollout of the vaccine included both health care personnel and […]

Tips For A Spooky — And Safe — Halloween

CHAMPAIGN – Halloween is just around the corner, and public health officials are encouraging everyone to celebrate safely.  The biggest advice is the same we’ve been hearing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic: practice social distancing, avoid large gatherings, and wear a mask.  But a spooky plastic mask is no substitute for a cloth face covering, when […]

Illinois Health Officials: Protesters Should Get Tested For COVID-19

CHAMPAIGN – Health officials say anyone who’s been out to a rally, protest or other mass gathering should get tested for COVID-19.  Champaign-Urbana Public Health Administrator Julie Pryde says anyone experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested right away.  Otherwise, she says it’s best to get tested five to seven days after possible exposure […]

Why Playgrounds In Illinois Are Not Reopening During ‘Phase Three’

CHAMPAIGN – Park district walking paths and trails have remained open through Illinois’ stay-at-home order, and some have reopened pavilions for rentals and outdoor tennis courts since the state entered Phase Three of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan. But for the time being, playgrounds will remain closed. Julie Pryde, administrator of the Champaign-Urbana Public […]

As Illinois Enters ‘Phase Three,’ C-U Officials Expect More Outbreaks Will Occur

Downtown Urbana Historic District

CHAMPAIGN – As certain businesses reopen and people begin socializing in small groups during Phase Three of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan, local public health officials say they’re expecting to see additional COVID-19 outbreaks occur. “We are definitely going to see more cases,” says C-U Public Health Administrator Julie Pryde. “That is the nature […]

Why Are Locations Of 22 COVID-19 Outbreaks Not Disclosed In Champaign County?

The Champaign City Building figures prominently in this view of downtown Champaign, as seen from University Avenue.

CHAMPAIGN – When pressed by reporters during a news briefing earlier this month, Governor J.B. Pritzker said he thinks local public health departments should inform the public when outbreaks occur at area businesses.  In Champaign County, which is dealing with 22 outbreaks of COVID-19 as of Thursday, local officials aren’t providing information about where those […]

Due To Outbreak, All Rantoul Foods Employees To Be Tested For COVID-19

RANTOUL – The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is responding to the recent outbreak at Rantoul Foods, a meat processing plant located in Rantoul.  Administrator Julie Pryde says OSF Healthcare is leading the effort to test the remaining 500 employees who have not yet been tested. Of the roughly 200 who have already been tested, Pryde […]