Coronavirus Information Center

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 827,000 people and killed more than 40,000 worldwide. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. As of April 5, more than 11,000 people in Illinois have been […]

LeRoy Doctor’s COVID-19 Testing Clinic On Hold; Health Officials Seek Answers

CHAMPAIGN – An independent physician in LeRoy says he’s trying to address a public health crisis he believes some in the medical community are trying to downplay and increasing public safety risk as a result. But health officials say Tom Pliura’s planned drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinic raises unanswered questions. Pliura said he bought 8,000 testing kits from […]

Champaign County Confirms First COVID-19 Case

Champaign County is among the 13 Illinois counties now reporting cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The patient is a Champaign County woman in her fifties. In announcing the case Sunday afternoon, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District said she was tested for COVID-19 at Carle Hospital in Urbana, based on her symptoms […]

Concern & Solidarity Leads To Cancellation Of Local Lunar New Year Celebration

CHAMPAIGN – Concerns about the spreading coronavirus and a desire to express solidarity with people in the Chinese city of Wuhan have led to the cancellation of one of the largest Lunar New Year celebrations in the midwest. Yaguang Lian is the president of the Chinese American Association of Central Illinois.  His group has cancelled […]

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

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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 […]