As Vaccination Rates Decline, Some Central Illinois Employers Look To Incentives

DANVILLE, Ill. – In the Danville Stadium parking lot on Two-Dollar Tuesday this week, National Guard members filled out brand-new COVID-19 vaccination cards. In exchange for getting the vaccine, residents received a coupon for a free hotdog and a non-alcoholic drink.  Almost half of all Illinois residents are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. But some […]

Where Can You Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine In Central Illinois?

Updated June 6, 2021 at 12:30 p.m.  This is an updated post on which Illinoisans can receive the COVID-19 vaccine, when and where. Illinois has started its newest vaccination phase covering essential workers and residents ages 65 and older.  COVID-19 vaccine and appointment availability: coronavirus.illinois.gov  Illinois COVID-19 vaccine hotline: 833.621.1284 WHO CAN BE VACCINATED? December 15, […]

With Illini Fans In Celebration Mode, Champaign County Health Officials Urge Caution

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign County health officials are urging caution ahead of the upcoming NCAA tournament, where the University of Illinois men’s basketball team will compete for the first time in eight years. With fans fired up from a series of recent wins, officials are worried that packed sports bars and watch parties could contribute to […]

A Third Of Champaign County Health Care Workers Declined The Vaccine, Health Officials Say

URBANA – Despite more Champaign County residents becoming eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, one-third of health care personnel in the county still aren’t vaccinated due to their own concerns about the vaccine, according to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD).  Champaign County is currently in the middle of Phase 1b of its vaccine rollout […]

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 […]

217 Today — Nov. 20, 2020

Friday November 20, 2020 Today’s headlines: Governor JB Pritzker yesterday called on longtime Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan to resign if he won’t appear in public and answer questions about a bribery scheme. Illinois state health officials are continuing to urge residents to stay home for the holidays and avoid large indoor gatherings of any kind. They […]

217 Today — Nov. 13, 2020

Friday November 13, 2020 Today’s headlines: Governor JB Pritzker is warning of another possible stay-at-home order for Illinois as Coronavirus stats keep climbing. Today is the last day for in-person classes at the Champaign Unit Four and Urbana school districts until January. Both districts say they’re switching to remote instruction only, starting Monday per recommendations from the Champaign-Urbana Public […]

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 […]

Champaign, Urbana Order New Restrictions On Restaurants, Bars & Parties

Michigan State, Notre Dame and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill have recently suspended in-person classes due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. New emergency orders affecting bars and restaurants in Champaign-Urbana are meant to prevent that from happening at the University of Illinois. The mayors of both Champaign and Urbana have issued orders requiring […]

News Around Illinois – June 24, 2020

Champaign Firefighter Tests Positive For COVID-19 A firefighter for the City of Champaign tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a press release released by the city. The name of the firefighter that tested positive is not being released, however, the city was in contact with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District for protocol instruction. As […]

East-Central Illinois Health Care Providers Now Accepting Cloth Mask Donations

UPDATE on Wednesday, March 25, 2020: Carle says it can now provide sewing materials thanks to a generous donation. Email makeamask@carle.com with questions, or to arrange pickup of masks. CHAMPAIGN – Champaign county now has four confirmed cases of COVID-19, with the latest case announced today.  Local health officials are saying everyone should consider themselves at […]

C-U Public Health Administrator To Serve On State Board Of Health

State Capitol of Illinois

Champaign-Urbana Public Health Administrator Julie Pryde is among seven people appointed by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker to serve on the state’s Board of Public Health. The group of experts from medicine, environmental health and public health play an advisory role to the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. Pryde said her role will […]