Current COVID-19 Statistics in Champaign County

As we approach the year-end holidays, vaccinations, boosters, and testing continue to be critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19. The following statistics are provided by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District on the status of cases and hospitalizations in Champaign County.

Please continue to wear a mask indoors when in public settings. Get vaccinated, or if already vaccinated, get your booster.

Find information on the availability of vaccines and boosters here.

COVID-19 Booster and Pediatric Vaccinations Available

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), in partnership with Carle Health, OSF HealthCare, Christie Clinic, Promise Healthcare, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign continue community-based COVID-19 booster and Pfizer pediatric vaccination clinics. 

Illinois Conference Center off of St. Mary’s Road, Champaign

  • Boosters only
  • December 1st, 2nd, and 10th
  • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
  • Walk-in; no appointment needed (Enter through the conference center doors on the east side of the complex and not the iHotel)

*PLEASE NOTE DECEMBER 10TH WILL BE THE LAST DAY FOR BOOSTERS AT THE ILLINOIS CONFERENCE CENTER.

Kohl’s Plaza – 1901 N. Market Street, Champaign

  • Moderna and Pfizer booster appointments are available through MyCarle and the Carle hotline at (217) 902-6100 for the weekend clinic. 
  • December 5: 
    • Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Pediatric vaccine appointments will be made available at primary care locations at a later date.

Christie Clinic:

  • Christie Clinic is partnering with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health (CUPHD) to staff and administer COVID-19 vaccines at community-based clinics.  
  • Parents and guardians of Christie Clinic patients aged 5-11 are encouraged to sign their child up for one of the above-mentioned community vaccine clinics.

Promise Healthcare:

  • Promise Healthcare is offering the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine for children 5-11 years old. 
  • 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday by appointment only for 5-11. Call 217-403-5402.
  • 805 Bloomington Road (a few steps away from our main clinic) in Champaign.
  • Boosters are available for all adults; walk-in appointments are available for both adult vaccinations and boosters.
  • Testing is by appointment only for all ages.

OSF HealthCare:

Pharmacies:

Please note, additional vaccination options may be available through school districts and other retail locations.

Additional information on COVID-19 vaccinations can be found at: https://www.c-uphd.org/covid-vaccinations.html.

COVID-19 Booster and Pediatric Vaccinations Available

Additional community vaccination clinics continue next week

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), in partnership with Carle Health, OSF HealthCare, Christie Clinic, Promise Healthcare, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are hosting additional community-based COVID-19 booster and Pfizer pediatric vaccination clinics next week. 

Illinois Conference Center off of St. Mary’s Road, Champaign

  • Boosters only
  • November 22nd, 23rd, 30th; December 1st, 2nd
  • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
  • Walk-in; no appointment needed (Please enter through the conference center doors on the east side of the complex and not the iHotel)

*Due to the high rate of infection in Illinois, boosters are available to anyone 18 years of age and older who are at least six months after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna and two months after the initial J&J dose.

Kohl’s Plaza – 1901 N. Market Street, Champaign

  • Appointments are available through MyCarle and the Carle hotline at (217) 902-6100. Carle community vaccine clinics will be staffed with many of the care providers from Carle Pediatric and Family Medicine areas or are specially trained to administer vaccine to children.
  • Weekend clinic hours through November: 
    • Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Sundays, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • December 4th – 5th
    • Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Moderna and Pfizer booster appointments at Kohl’s Plaza can also be scheduled at MyCarle and through the hotline.
  • Pediatric vaccine appointments will be made available at primary care locations at a later date.

Christie Clinic:

  • Christie Clinic is partnering with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health (CUPHD) to staff and administer COVID-19 vaccines at community-based clinics.  
  • Parents and guardians of Christie Clinic patients aged 5-11 are encouraged to sign their child up for one of the above-mentioned community vaccine clinics.

Promise Healthcare:

  • Promise Healthcare is offering the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine for children 5-11 years old. 
  • 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday by appointment only for 5-11. Call 217-403-5402.
  • 805 Bloomington Road (a few steps away from our main clinic) in Champaign.
  • We are taking another step forward in our nation’s fight against the COVID-19 virus.

OSF HealthCare:

Pharmacies:

Please note, additional vaccination options may be available through school districts and other retail locations.

Additional information on COVID-19 vaccinations can be found at: https://www.c-uphd.org/covid-vaccinations.html.

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available for Children

Community vaccination clinics available by appointment for children age 5-11

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), in partnership with Carle Health, OSF HealthCare, Christie Clinic, Promise Healthcare, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are hosting community-based COVID-19 Pfizer vaccination clinics for children age 5-11. 

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) news release, “In the U.S., COVID-19 cases in children 5 through 11 years of age make up 39% of cases in individuals younger than 18 years of age. According to the CDC, approximately 8,300 COVID-19 cases in children 5 through 11 years of age resulted in hospitalization. As of Oct. 17, 691 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in the U.S. in individuals less than 18 years of age, with 146 deaths in the 5 through 11 years age group. 

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for children 5 through 11 years of age is administered as a two-dose primary series, 3 weeks apart, but is a lower dose (10 micrograms) than that used for individuals 12 years of age and older (30 micrograms). 

iHotel and Conference Center – 111 St. Mary’s Road, Champaign

Kohl’s Plaza – 1901 N. Market Street, Champaign

  • Appointments will be available soon through MyCarle and Carle.org. Carle community vaccine clinics will be staffed with many of the care providers from Carle Pediatric and Family Medicine areas or are specially trained to administer vaccine to children.
  • Beginning this Saturday, weekends in November:
    • Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Sundays, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Vaccine appointments will be made available at primary care locations at a later date.

OSF HealthCare:

Pharmacies:

Please note, additional vaccination options may be available through the child’s school.

Additional information on COVID-19 vaccinations can be found at: https://www.c-uphd.org/covid-vaccinations.html.

Parkland College Shield CU Testing Moves to E Building

Beginning Saturday, October 30, Parkland College’s SHIELD CU testing site will be located in the E building on Parkland’s main campus.

As building access is restricted, the E building must be entered through door E1; use the B5 parking lot for closer access.

Testing hours at the new site are: Monday, 8:30–11:30 a.m.; Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.; Wednesday, 1–4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

You must use the Safer Community app to receive your test results from SHIELD CU testing. For more information about the app, building access, or Parkland’s COVID Monitoring System and guidelines, please visit parkland.edu/covid19.

Champaign County COVID-19 Pfizer Booster Vaccinations Available

Community vaccination clinics to begin next week for eligible individuals.

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), in partnership with Carle Health, OSF HealthCare, Christie Clinic, Promise Healthcare, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will be hosting community-based COVID-19 Pfizer booster vaccination clinics beginning next week. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many of the people who are now eligible to receive a booster shot received their initial vaccine early in the vaccination program and will benefit from additional protection. With the Delta variant’s dominance as the circulating strain and cases of COVID-19 increasing significantly across the United States, a booster shot will help strengthen protection against severe disease in those populations who are at high-risk for exposure to COVID-19 or the complications from severe disease. Additional information can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html

Upcoming community clinics include:

iHotel and Conference Center – 1900 S. 1st Street, Champaign

Pfizer booster vaccinations will be given to individuals meeting the following criteria:

  • 65 years of age or older, 50-64 years of age with underlying health conditions, healthcare workers, and first responders who have completed their 1st and 2nd doses of Pfizer
  • Must be at least 6 months after the 2nd dose
  • Walk-in; no appointment needed
  • October 5th – 7th
  • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Kohl’s Plaza – 1901 N. Market Street, Champaign

Pfizer booster vaccinations are available to all eligible individuals at this location. 

  • Booster appointments can be scheduled through MyCarle and at carle.org/covid-19
  • October 5th – 7th, 12th – 14th, 19th – 21st  
  • 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

Pharmacies:

Additional note:

Eligibility for the community-based COVID-19 Pfizer booster vaccination clinics will continue to expand based on the criteria set forth by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

Additional information on COVID-19 vaccinations can be found at: https://www.c-uphd.org/covid-vaccinations.html.

Testing Site to Open at Stephen’s Family YMCA

Stephens Family YMCA in Champaign, Illinois has announced it will offer free COVID-19 testing to the general public through a partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and SHIELD Illinois.


Members of the community, whether they are showing symptoms or not, can go to portal.shieldillinois.com to make an appointment. The testing site is set to open Sept. 20. Hours will be 6-8 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday outside at the north pavilion on the YMCA property, 2501 Fields South Drive. Walk-ins are welcome.


Instead of an invasive nasal swab, the covidSHIELD test uses saliva and takes just minutes to collect. Confidential results are known within 24 hours.


“When Covid-19 entered our lives 18 months ago, the Stephens Family YMCA was prepared to do our part to support our community and keep people safe. Two pillars of the YMCA are healthy living and social responsibility. We feel it is our social responsibility to step up when times are tough and when our community needs us the most,” said Jeff Dobrik, the agency’s chief operating officer.


“With kids returning to school and many employees returning to their places of work, the chance of potential exposure increases. So, when we were approached about expanding the University of Illinois’ COVID-19 testing program to a site at the YMCA, we jumped at the chance to partner with SHIELD Illinois and provide quick, free, reliable testing to the public. Our site will operate during times that are convenient for individuals and families to get tested before and after the school or workday. We are committed to this initiative and opportunity to do our part in keeping the Champaign-Urbana community and the public as a whole safe.”


IDPH is using federal funds from the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan to offer free, rapid PCR testing for members of the community through SHIELD Illinois, a nonprofit of the University of Illinois System.


The effort is part of an agreement between the U of I System and the state to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The innovative saliva-based covidSHIELD test detects three genes of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, allowing it to quickly detect the virus that causes COVID-19 and its variants, including among people who do not have symptoms.


Stephens Family YMCA is among more than 1,600 SHIELD Illinois testing sites across Illinois, including K-12 schools, universities, community colleges, businesses and more than a dozen community testing locations.


For more information, contact Jeff Dobrik, Stephens Family YMCA’s COO, at jeff@ccymca.net; 217-239-2803, or Alex Quigley, SHIELD assistant director of marketing, at aquigley@uillinois.com or 217-333-0387.


To learn more about becoming a community testing site, contact Anna Pinsoneault, SHIELD’s director of Public Health Relationships at annap@uillinois.edu.

COVID-19 Testing Locations in Champaign County

As we continue to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and the variants that are increasing cases, it’s important to test after an exposure or if you’re experiencing symptoms. Here’s a handy graphic on all the testing options available by the day in Champaign County.

The best way to combat the pandemic is to get vaccinated. All vaccines are available to anyone 12+ in Champaign County. Visit CUPHD’s website for local vaccination clinics or go to vaccines.gov to find a location.

Mask Mandate Updates + COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements

Governor Pritzker Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement for Healthcare Workers, Pre-K-12 Teachers and Staff, Higher Education Personnel and Students 

All Illinois Residents Required to Wear Masks Indoors, Regardless of Vaccination Status

As COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates across the state continue to increase, particularly in downstate communities with the lowest vaccination rates, Governor JB Pritzker and IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike today announced vaccination requirements for individuals in high risk settings. All healthcare workers, including nursing home employees, all pre-k-12 teachers and staff, as well as higher education personnel and students will now be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  Employees in all of these settings and higher education students who are unable or unwilling to receive the vaccine will be required to get tested for COVID-19 at least once per week, and DPH and ISBE may require increased testing in certain situations. 

The Governor and Dr. Ezike also announced a statewide indoor mask mandate for all Illinois residents, regardless of vaccination status, as COVID-19 cases and hospitalization rates continue to increase. The masking requirements are effective Monday, August 30th.  

The public health requirements come as regions with low vaccination rates continue to see a surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations. In IDPH region 5, Southern Illinois, with the lowest vaccination rate in the state at 44 percent, only 3% of ICU beds are available as the region experiences the highest case rate in the state. Since August 1st, local health departments across the state have reported 27 COVID-19 outbreaks at schools and currently hundreds of schools are being monitored for potential COVID-19 exposures.  

“The quick spread of this disease in Illinois and across the country is holding us all back from the post-pandemic life we so desperately want to embrace, and it’s harming the most vulnerable among us,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “We are running out of time as our hospitals run out of beds. Vaccination remains our strongest tool to protect ourselves and our loved ones, to restore post-pandemic life to our communities, and most crucially, to maintain our healthcare system’s ability to care for anyone who walks through their doors in need of help – and Illinois is taking action to keep our communities safe.” 

“Unlike the wave of COVID-19 we saw earlier this Spring, we’re now seeing our hospital resources stretched thin with some areas of Illinois reduced to only a handful of available ICU beds,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “The vast majority of hospitalizations, as well as cases and deaths, are among those who are unvaccinated.  This has become a pandemic of the unvaccinated. We have safe, proven, and effective tools to turn the tide and end this pandemic.  But until more people are vaccinated, masks are the order of the day and will help us slow the spread of the virus.”

VACCINATION

To lower the number of breakthrough cases that require hospital admission, the majority of whom are 65 and over or immunocompromised, all healthcare workers, including workers at public and private nursing homes, must get vaccinated. Teachers and staff at pre-k-12 schools as well as personnel and students at higher education institutions are required to receive the vaccine. Workers and students in applicable settings must receive the first dose of a two-dose vaccination series or a single-dose vaccination by September 5, 2021. Second doses of the vaccine must be received by 30 days after the first dose. 

Workers who do not receive the vaccine or those who opt out for medical reasons or based on a sincerely held religious belief must follow a routine testing schedule to detect cases early and prevent further spread. Testing will be required a minimum of once per week in schools and healthcare facilities. The frequency of testing may be required to increase in the event of positive cases. 

Healthcare, school workers, and higher education personnel and students attending in-person classes who do not provide proof of vaccination will be prevented from entering healthcare and educational facilities unless they follow the required testing protocol. 

MASK REQUIRMENT

To slow the spread of the highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant, all Illinois residents over the age of two will be required to wear a mask in all indoor settings, effective Monday, August 30th. The requirement is applicable to both vaccinated and unvaccinated residents statewide. Countless studies have demonstrated the efficacy of masks at preventing the spread of COVID-19, with the CDC identifying at least 10 that confirm the benefit of universal masking via community level analyses – including two U.S. states – in addition to observational, economic, epidemiological, and cross-sectional survey studies. A small sampling can be found below: 

While face coverings are not required outdoors, masks are strongly encouraged in crowded outdoor settings like festivals and concerts as well as for activities that require close contact with people who are not vaccinated. 

These latest vaccine, testing, and mask requirements are a floor in the state’s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Employers, schools, and other organizations can take additional health and safety steps to help bring an end to the ongoing pandemic. Governor Pritzker previously announced more stringent requirements regarding vaccination and testing for state employees at state run 24-7 congregate living facilities to protect the state’s most vulnerable residents. Leaders in the private sector are encouraged to follow suit. Vaccination is the key to ending the COVID-19 pandemic and returning to normal life. All Illinois residents over the age of 12 are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost and proof of immigration status is not required to receive the vaccine. To find a vaccination center near you, go to vaccines.gov or visit c-uphd.org.

Activities During COVID-19, Delta Variant Surge

Guidance provided by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

This advice is for those who are planning to host or attend events or gatherings (for exampleweddings, funerals, family gatherings, etc.) during this time. Our community is fortunate to be hometo the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, which pioneered the SHIELD ecosystem, developed thesaliva test and expanded free and available testing through SHIELD CU. This guidance is meant fororganizations who want to adopt an approach that aligns with these best practices. The COVID-19situation is constantly evolving, so this guidance may change at any time.

The most important thing you can do to protect yourself and those unable to be vaccinated is to get vaccinated. Your vaccine will also help protect those who are unable to vaccinate. Vaccines are available throughout our community, seven days a week. The vaccines are safe, effective and free. Anyone age 12 and older may come to Champaign-Urbana Public Health District on Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30 for a choice of either Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The process takes about 20 minutes — five minutes toc omplete the paperwork and get the vaccine and 15 minutes to wait post-vaccine. Other vaccine locations iny our local area can be located at www.vaccine.gov.

Free COVID-19 testing is also available seven days a week in our county. Options can be found here or by searching online: https://www.c-uphd.org/covid-testing.html. We recommend those who cannot vaccinate to test regularly. Even if you are vaccinated, you can test at any of these sites if you experience any symptoms or if you were in a situation that concerns you. 

GUIDANCE

Recommendations for outdoor gatherings:

  • Recommend everyone is vaccinated if they are able to do so. Consider having cards checked. 
  • Masks optional. When there will be crowded and sustained close contact, consider encouraging masks. 
  • Kids under 12 should be masked. 
  • Immune-compromised individuals should be masked, even if vaccinated, while in crowds. 
  • Hand sanitizing stations should be available for all. 
  • If possible, consider expanding the venue space to allow for more spacing and social distancing. 

Recommendations for indoor gatherings:

  • Recommend everyone is vaccinated if they are able to do so. Consider having cards checked. 
  • Require masks for all. 
  • When possible, follow CDC guidance for ventilation systems or open windows. 
  • Have hand sanitizing stations at entrances and throughout the venue.

Recommendations for events where not everyone is vaccinated or testing frequently:

  • For non-vaccinated individuals, recommend a negative COVID-19 test done within 72 hours of the event. 
  • Require masks for all. 
  • If possible, follow social distancing of 3 ft (6 ft preferred) between non-households. 
  • When possible, follow CDC guidance for ventilation systems or open windows. 
  • Non-Vaccinated individuals may test 3-5 days after the event. Anyone should test immediately if experiencing symptoms. 

Travel:

People who travel for the gatherings should follow CDC guidance for Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Please note the date of this guidance as August 17, 2021. It is subject to change due to the evolving situation. For moreinformation and resources, please go to www.c-uphd.org frequently.