• 10th Sep, 2020

    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are investigating two cases of Legionnaires’ disease at the Pontiac Correctional Center.  The two individuals are in the hospital and stable.  No other cases have been identified and IDOC continues to follow its plans to monitor offenders for respiratory illness. 

    IDPH infectious disease staff are working with the facility to collect information and further investigate the illnesses while environmental health staff are conducting a water quality assessment.  IDOC will continue to conduct active surveillance for Legionella bacteria by monitoring those incarcerated in the facility.  The facility receives its water from the City of Pontiac and will begin a water quality testing program through an outside laboratory to monitor water quality data on an...

  • 10th Sep, 2020

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,953 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 28 additional confirmed deaths.

    • Adams County: 1 male 90s
    • Christian County: 1 female 50s
    • Cook County: 2 males 60s, 1 female 70s
    • Edgar County: 1 male 80s
    • Ford County: 1 male 80s
    • Henry County: 1 male 70s
    • Jersey County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s
    • Kane County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
    • Lake County: 1 male 70s
    • Madison County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
    • McLean County; 1 male 70s
    • Montgomery County: 1 female 70s
    • Randolph County: 1 female 50s
    • Rock Island County: 1 female 80s
    • Sangamon County: 1 male 40s
    • Shelby County: 1 male 90s
    • Will County: 1 female 40s...
  • 10th Sep, 2020

    Annual Event Will be Held Virtually on September 16th

    SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Commission) will present 27 Illinoisans and businesses with the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award during a special virtual event on September 16, 2020 at 2 p.m.

    The award recognizes volunteers and volunteer programs that have made a difference in Illinois and highlights the importance of volunteerism and community service.

    “These past few months have shown us once again that volunteers are the beating heart of Illinois,” said Commission Executive Director Scott McFarland. “We are honored to be able to highlight just a few of the nearly 3 million people in Illinois who give back.”

    The Commission received more than 215 nominations in six categories (adult, AmeriCorps, business, senior...

  • 9th Sep, 2020

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,337 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 30 additional confirmed deaths.

    • Adams County: 1 male 90s
    • Christian County: 1 female 90s
    • Coles County: 1 female 80s
    • Cook County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s
    • Jackson County: 1 female 90s
    • Jersey County: 1 female 100+
    • Kane County: 1 male 80s
    • Lake County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s
    • LaSalle County: 1 male 70s
    • Macon County: 1 male 70s
    • Madison County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s
    • Peoria County: 1 male 90s
    • Rock Island County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s
    • Sangamon County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 90s
    • St. Clair County: 1 male 80s
    • Will County: 1 male 70s...
  • 9th Sep, 2020

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the first confirmed human case of West Nile virus in Illinois for 2020.  A DuPage County resident in her 40s became ill in mid-August.

    “While we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, we must also remember to take steps to protect our health from other illnesses,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “In an effort to decrease our risk of contracting COVID-19 from indoor settings, many of us are spending more time outdoors while still socially distancing.  As we enjoy the outdoors, we need to protect ourselves from other viruses carried by mosquitoes by wearing insect repellent and getting rid of standing water around our homes.”  

    Last year, 46 counties in Illinois reported a West Nile virus positive mosquito batch, bird, horse,  and/or human case.  For the 2019 season, IDPH reported 28...

  • 8th Sep, 2020

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,392 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including seven additional confirmed deaths.

    • Clinton County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 80s
    • Cook County: 1 male 30s
    • Jackson County: 1 male 40s
    • Montgomery County: 1 female 90s
    • Williamson County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s

    Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 252,353 cases, including 8,186 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from September 1 – September 7 is 4.0%.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 31,363 specimens for a total of 4,478,710.  As of last night, 1,504 people in Illinois were reported to be in...

  • 7th Sep, 2020

     Illinois surpasses more than 250,000 confirmed COVID-19

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,381 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including eight additional confirmed deaths.

    • Coles County: 1 male 70s
    • Cook County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s
    • DuPage County: 1 male 70s
    • Jefferson County: 1 male 90s
    • LaSalle County: 1 female 80s
    • Perry County: 1 female 90s

    Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 250,961 cases, including 8,179 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from August 31 – September 6 is 4.2%.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories...

  • 6th Sep, 2020

    State nears total of 250,000 confirmed and probable cases

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,403 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 5 additional confirmed deaths.

    • Cook County: 1 Female 60s, 1 Female 70s
    • Jefferson County: 1 Male 80s
    • Morgan County: 1 Female 70s
    • Pike County: 1 Male 80s

    Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 249,580 cases, including 8,171 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from August 30 – September 5 is 4.04%.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 46,496 specimens for a total of 4,418,372.  As of last night, 1,504...

  • 5th Sep, 2020

    State processes more than...

  • 4th Sep, 2020

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 29 counties in Illinois are considered to be at a warning level for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  A county enters a warning level when two or more COVID-19 risk indicators that measure the amount of COVID-19 increase.

    Twenty-nine counties are currently reported at a warning level – Boone, Bureau, Clinton, Coles, Cumberland, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Greene, Henry, Jasper, Jefferson, Jersey, Lake, Lawrence, Madison, McLean, Monroe, Pulaski, Randolph, Rock Island, Shelby, Stark, St. Clair, Union, Wabash, Warren, Williamson, Will.

    Although the reasons for counties reaching a warning level varies, some of the common factors for an increase in cases and outbreaks are associated with college parties, weddings, large gatherings, bars and clubs, long-term care facilities and other...

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