Quarantine Explained

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!

Tier Three Mitigations

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.

The Tier 3 resurgence mitigations will take effect statewide at 12:01 am on Friday, November 20, 2020.

See the full list of updates in Tier Three Mitigations here.

Safely Celebrating Thanksgiving

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

See their full list of recommendations here.

Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep Champaign County Safe.

Supporting Local Restaurants during Mitigation

Community members can continue to play a critical role in supporting our local restaurants. As we head into mitigation efforts, residents can take the following steps:

1) Continue to follow IDPH and C-UPHD guidelines and wear your mask and social distance

2) Dine outdoors as weather allows.

3) Utilize curbside pickup and delivery services

4) Respect the curbside pickup zones in downtown and campustown districts

5) Tip generously when ordering to support hospitality workers

6) Stay up-to-date on business changes

With your compliance and support, we can continue to ensure the success of our local hospitality industry. Thank you for your commitment to keeping Champaign County Safe!

Slow The Spread through Testing

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.

Leading through Innovation

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.

Source: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Through rigorous testing and contact tracing, we continue to see low positivity rates both on campus, and in the surrounding communities.

Let’s continue to be diligent in our efforts to keep Champaign County Safe.