With case numbers rising locally, the number of close contacts in quarantine is also on the rise. Remaining in quarantine for the recommended time is critical to keeping our case load down and preventing spread. Check out this handy graphic from the Illinois Department of Public Health to make sure you’re staying home for the right amount of time.
Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep Champaign County Safe!
With a new wave of COVID-19 surging across the state of Illinois, the Midwest and the nation, Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced additional COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will take effect in every region across the state in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. Tier 3 mitigations build on the Resurgence Mitigation Plan released in July to suppress the spread of the virus and prevent hospitals from becoming overrun. This latest round of mitigations aims to limit gatherings and encourages residents to stay home as much as possible and follow proper safety measures when out in public. The mitigations carefully balance the paramount goal of saving lives while preserving the option for in-person learning for children and protecting as much of the economy as possible from the continued impacts of the virus.
Heading into the Thanksgiving holiday, Champaign County is seeing high positivity rate and higher hospitalizations due to COVID-19. While we all hope to gather with our family and friends during the holiday, it is critical to follow CDC guidelines and find alternatives to celebrate Thanksgiving.
The CDC released their recommendations for individuals planning to celebrate including:
Wearing a mask when not eating or drinking
Stay 6 ft apart from your guests
Wash your hands
Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils
Have a small outdoor meal with family and friends who live in your community
Have conversations with guests ahead of time to set expectations for celebrating together
Due to increased call volume, the public is encouraged to visit CUPHD’s website & Facebook page for updates. Email them at email@example.com with questions that do not require an immediate response. Help them keep their phone lines open for people returning calls for interviews after a positive test result.
Contact tracing plays an integral role in Champaign County’s efforts to mitigate COVID-19. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District will do a phone call with all positive cases and contacts that have been in proximity of positive cases. Be aware of legitimate calls vs. scammers with this handy guide.
This year, it is more important than ever to get your flu shot to avoid co-infection with COVID-19. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is encouraging the community to Mask & Vax this fall. Here’s how you can do your part:
Get a flu shot
Wear a mask
Wash your hands
Check out this list presented by ChambanaMoms.com on where to get a flu shot in Champaign-Urbana.
Slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Champaign County is only possible through rigorous testing. Take personal responsibility to get tested at the free testing site at Market Place Mall, available 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., seven days a week with no referral necessary.
Learn more about the free testing site at Market Place Mall and get tested today.
In the six months since COVID-19 became pervasive in the United States, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been diligent in their efforts to mitigate the spread. Through research and innovation, their prodigious efforts combined with the compliance of students, faculty, and staff have kept the campus and surrounding community safe.
Here’s a look at the extraordinary efforts happening right here in Champaign County.