New Restrictions Begin In Champaign-Urbana Due To Rising COVID-19 Rates

CHAMPAIGN – From schools to restaurants to hospitals, restrictions are once again underway around Champaign County as COVID-19 cases rise. Friday will be the last day for in-person classes at Champaign Unit 4 Schools and Urbana School District 116. Both districts are switching to remote instruction only, starting Monday. At a Thursday news conference, Champaign-Urbana […]

Pryde: Don’t Give In To ‘Pandemic Prevention Fatigue’

CHAMPAIGN — As the number of COVID-19 cases set a new state record Wednesday, Champaign County also reported a big increase in the number of people testing positive for the virus. The 305 new cases actually occurred over a couple of days. And administrator Julie Pryde with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District said there were […]

Some Health Officials Find Their Hands Tied On COVID-19 Restrictions

ROCKFORD – Sandra Martell is in a tough spot. As public health administrator in northern Illinois’ Winnebago County, Martell was threatened with lawsuits from several area bar owners after she included them on a list of businesses allegedly defying the governor’s orders to halt indoor dining.  The county is part of a region that faced […]

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 […]

Health Experts: Masks, Distancing Key To Preventing COVID-19 Outbreaks In Schools

As schools across Illinois finalize their plans to reopen this fall, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is urging students, teachers and school staff members to wear masks at all times and stay at least six feet apart. The C-UPHD recently released guidelines and recommendations for schools and families as they prepare to begin the next […]

Hundreds Protest Peacefully In Urbana, Champaign In Response To Killing Of George Floyd

URBANA – Hundreds of protesters took over the streets of downtown Urbana Monday to denounce police brutality against people of color — including the recent killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. A diverse crowd — nearly all wearing masks — gathered outside the Champaign County Courthouse. The peaceful demonstration took place a day […]

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 […]

Processing Plant Hit With Covid-19 Under Scrutiny Since March

The meat processing plant hit with a coronavirus outbreak came under scrutiny by health officials in March before it was cited for being more than 90% out of compliance with infection control practices last week. Public health officials said they visited Rantoul Foods – which had 47 confirmed cases of Covid-19 as of May 5 […]

Hospitals Experiencing Issues Transferring COVID-19 Patients To Nursing Homes

URBANA – Health care providers in central Illinois say they have run into issues with nursing homes not wanting to accept residents back after they’ve been hospitalized for COVID-19.  Dr. Robert Healy, chief quality officer of Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, says early on in the pandemic, some nursing homes had been requiring proof that […]

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

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 […]