COVID-19 Updates In Springfield And Central Illinois

May 26, 2020

This post is for news on the local response to the coronavirus in Springfield and Central Illinois. For last week's updates, go to this post.

You can send tips, questions or announcements to engage@nprillinois.org.

Illinois has moved to Phase Four of the governor's Restore Illinois plan.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no vaccine to prevent the disease. The CDC has tips on how to protect yourself.

July 15, 4:15 p.m.

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health has announced 27 new positive cases. One positive case that was first reported on July 12th will no longer be included in the totals, as the case has been transferred to Cook County.

The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 593, including 34 deaths. Currently, three confirmed positive Sangamon County residents are hospitalized. 

Macon County's Health Department reported four newly confirmed cases of COVID-19.   The overall number is 259 in the county.  

The Greene County Health Department said there are four active cases.  Since the start of the pandemic, the total is 12.  The department said 1,008 tests have been negative.  

July 15, 2:00 p.m.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 1,187 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 8 additional confirmed deaths.

- Cook County – 1 male 40s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s
- DuPage County – 1 male 80s
- Kane County – 1 female 80s
- Will County – 1 male 50s, 1 female 70s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 156,693 cases, including 7,226 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 38,161 specimens for a total of 2,079,601. 

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from July 8–July 14 is 3.1%.  As of last night, 1,454 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 324 patients were in the ICU and 130 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

July 14, 4:45 p.m.

Statewide Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 707 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 25 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 155,506 cases, including 7,218 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 28,446 specimens for a total of 2,041,440.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from July 7 –July 13 is 3.0%.  As of last night, 1,416 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 333 patients were in the ICU and 126 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators. 

July 14, 1:40 p.m. 

Four employees of a medical group in Springfield have confirmed COVID-19 cases. Springfield Clinic announced Tuesday that the employees tested positive last week, and are now isolating.

A statement from the medical group says the employees worked in a “non-patient” area and an internal investigation showed no patients were exposed. The statement goes on to say the original exposure to the virus was outside of Springfield Clinic.

The medical group continues to screen patients for symptoms at the entrance to its clinics and requires patients and staff to wear masks.

Springfield Clinic employs more than 500 physicians and advanced practitioners in locations throughout central Illinois.

Overall, Sangamon County's Public Health Department announced 12 new positive cases Tuesday. The total number of county residents with confirmed cases is 567, including 34 deaths. Currently, three  positive Sangamon County residents are hospitalized. 

Macon County announced one new COVID-19 case Tuesday, bringing the total to 255 since the pandemic began.  

July 13, 3:10 p.m.

Area COVID-19 Case Report

Sangamon County’s Department of Public Health has announced 24 more individuals with COVID-19.  The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 555, including 34 deaths. Currently, three residents are hospitalized.

Also, one additional City of Springfield employee tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.  The employee works in the Public Works garage along with the two other employees who tested positive last week. Two of the three individuals  traveled out of state prior to testing positive.

The Logan County Department of Public Health has confirmed four more people with COVID-19.  They include an individual in their 50s who is symptomatic and isolating at home, an individual in their 20s who is symptomatic and isolating at home, an individual in their 60s who is asymptomatic and isolating at home and a person in their 60s who is asymptomatic and is isolating outside of Logan County. The total number of confirmed cases in Logan County is now 23, including 16 individuals who have recovered. 

Morgan County is reporting its 136th case, a woman in her 20s who is isolating at home.

Nine new cases are being reported in Macon County, bringing the overall total to 254 since the pandemic began.  10, 750 tests have been completed in the county. 

The Montgomery County Board meeting set for Tuesday evening has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date. A county employee who works with the board was unknowngly exposed to COVID-19 while off duty, according to an Emergency Management Agency social media post.  The employee is waiting test results.  

Outbreaks in Montgomery County have been reported in recent days at the hospital and Tremont Ridge Assisted Living in Hillsboro and at the Cornerstone Church and Lillypad Daycare in Litchfield.  The second death from COVID-19 in the county, a man in his 90s, was announced Monday.  

In Cass County, a 95-year-old woman died Monday in Virginia after being diagnosed with the coronavirus disease.  She had been a resident in a long term care facility is the 10th person to die from COVID-19 in the county.  141 people have been confirmed with the disease and 122 have recovered, according to the Cass County Health Department. 

July 13, 3:00 p.m.

Statewide Coronavirus Update For Monday

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 883 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 6 additional confirmed deaths in the following counties.

- Cook County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s
- DuPage County: 1 male 80s
- Montgomery County: 1 male 90s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 154,799 cases, including 7,193 deaths, in all 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 30,012 specimens for a total of 2,012,994.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from July 6 –July 12 is 3.0%.  As of last night, 1,362 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 334 patients were in the ICU and 136 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators. 

July 10, 5:40 p.m.

Sangamon County Coronavirus Update for Friday

Today the Sangamon County Department of Public Health announced 17 new positive cases.  The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 518, including 34 deaths.  Currently, three confirmed positive Sangamon County residents are hospitalized.

July 10, 5:30 p.m.

Two City Of Springfield Employees Test Positive For Covid-19

Two city of Springfield employees tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, July 9.  The employees work in the Public Works Garage and have not been in their respective areas this week.

Since receiving the test results, any employee who was in direct contact with the workers have been sent to have a COVID-19 test and asked to follow the guidance provided by the testing facility including quarantine.  The department work areas are undergoing a deep clean and returning to their previously implemented Phase 2 work plan.  This includes designated shifts and workers reporting directly to their vehicles and proceeding to their assigned job sites without coming into the facility.

Public Works employees who were not in direct contact with their co-workers have been asked to self-monitor their symptoms and follow health guidelines.

The City of Springfield says it has instituted various precautions since the pandemic to keep employees safe including providing appropriate protective equipment and supplies, requiring face coverings, requiring social distancing, and additional cleanings to its facilities.

July 10, 3:00 p.m.

Friday's IDPH COVID-19 Medical Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,317 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 25 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 151,767 cases, including 7,144 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 32,987 specimens for a total of 1,911,743.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from July 3 -July 9 is 2.9%.  As of last night, 1,436 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 306 patients were in the ICU and 155 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

July 9, 5:10 p.m.

Sangamon County COVID-19 Report

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health announced 18 new positive cases today.  The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 501, including 34 deaths.  Currently, five confirmed positive Sangamon County residents are hospitalized.

July 9, 3:10 p.m.

Over a Thousand New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,018 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 20 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 150,450 cases, including 7,119 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 36,180 specimens for a total of 1,878,756.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from July 2 -July 8 is 2.6%.   As of last night, 1,507 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 317 patients were in the ICU and 153 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

July 8, 6:20 p.m.

Extension for Driver's Licences and Vehicle Plate Sticker Renewal

Expiration dates for driver's licenses, identification cards, and license plate stickers have been extended one more month - to November 1st.  Illinois Secretary of State Jess White says that expired documents will remain valid so that people don't feel they have to rush to Driver Services offices., especially during the current heat wave.  The extension also covers those who have July, August, and September expiration dates.  White says that if someone must visit an office, they should be prepared to wait outside due to social distancing guidelines, which limits the number of people inside an office facility at one time.

July 8, 6:10 p.m.

Governor Pritzker Announces More Testing Teams

Gov. J.B. Pritzker says the state is rolling out 12 mobile testing teams, which will be prepared to visit meat factories, nursing homes, and homeless shelters.  The public health department reported 980 new virus cases and 36 deaths on Wednesday, July 8th.  Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike there has been an increase in infections among young people who have attended social gatherings.

July 8, 6:00 p.m.

Sangamon County COVID-19 Update

Today the Sangamon County Department of Public Health announced 13 new positive cases of COVID-19.  The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 483, including 34 deaths.  Currently, four confirmed positive Sangamon County residents are hospitalized.

July 8, 4:30 p.m.

IDPH Announces 980 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 980 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 36 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 149,432 cases, including 7,099 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 32,742 specimens for a total of 1,842,576.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from July 1 -July 7 is 2.6%.  As of last night, 1,518 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 331 patients were in the ICU and 151 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

July 7, 6:00 p.m.

Sangamon County Coronavirus Update

Today the Sangamon County Department of Public Health announced 13 new positive cases of COVID-19.  The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 470, including 34 deaths.  Currently, 5 confirmed positive Sangamon County residents are hospitalized.

July 7, 2:45 p.m.

Daily IDPH COVID-19 Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 587 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 37 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 148,452 cases, including 7,063 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 26,994 specimens for a total of 1,809,834.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 20 -July 6 is 2.5%.  As of last night, 1,385 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 320 patients were in the ICU and 153 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

July 6, 6:10 p.m.

Sangamon County New Coronavirus Report

Today the Sangamon County Department of Public Health announced 13 new positive cases of COVID-19.  One positive case that was first reported on June 26th will no longer be included in the totals, as the case has been transferred to Christian County.  The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 457, including 34 deaths.  Currently, 4 confirmed positive Sangamon County residents are hospitalized.

July 6, 6:00 p.m.

IDPH COVID-19 Medical Update

 The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 614 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 6 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 147,865 cases, including 7,026 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 21,134 specimens for a total of 1,782,840.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 29 -July 5 is 2.6%.

July 3, 5:00 p.m.

Sangamon County COVID-19 Medical Report

Today the Sangamon County Department of Public Health announced eight new positive cases.  The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 445, including 34 deaths.  Currently, two confirmed positive Sangamon County residents are hospitalized.

July 3, 10:00 a.m.

Scott County Reports First Case

The last Illinois county without a person confirmed to have COVID-19 this year can no longer make that claim.  The Scott County Health Department said Thursday a 66 year old woman tested positive.  She is recovering at home.  The department is working to notify those who had contact with her. 

July 2, 5:45 p.m.

Sangamon County Medical Update

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health announced three new positive cases of COVID-19 today.  The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 437, including 34 deaths.  Currently, two confirmed positive Sangamon County residents are hospitalized.

July 2, 2:45 p.m.

Statewide IDPH COVID-19 Report

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 869 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 36 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 144,882 cases, including 6,987 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 30,262 specimens for a total of 1,666,317.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 25 -July 1, is 2.6%.

July 1, 5:30 p.m.

Sangamon County New Coronavirus Update

Today the Sangamon County Department of Public Health announced three new positive cases of COVID-19.  The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 434, including 34 deaths.  Currently, two confirmed positive Sangamon County residents are hospitalized.

July 1, 2:45 p.m.

IDPH Daily COVID-19 Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 828 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 30 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 144,013 cases, including 6,951 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 33,090 specimens for a total of 1,636,055.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 24 -June 30 is 2.6%.

June 30, 6:20 p.m.

One New COVID-19-Related Death in Sangamon County

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health today announced one new death due to COVID-19.  The patient was a female in her 70’s who tested positive for COVID-19 on June 25th.  She was an inpatient at Memorial Medical Center.   The Department also announced seven new positive cases.  The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 431, including 34 deaths.  Currently, two confirmed positive Sangamon County residents are  hospitalized.

June 30, 5:10 p.m.

Morgan County COVID-19 Report

The Morgan County Health Department has received confirmation of one additional positive case of COVID-19.  The 132nd case is a female in her in her 20’s who is isolated at home.   The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Morgan County is 132, the number of COVID-19 cases released from restrictions is 113, and the number of COVID-19-related deaths is 3.

 

June 30, 3:00 p.m.

Statewide Medical Update for Tuesday

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 724 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 23 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 143,185 cases, including 6,923 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 31,069 specimens for a total of 1,602,965.   The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 23 -June 29 is 2.6%.

June 29, 5:30 p.m.

Sangamon County COVID-19 Update

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health today announced 19 new positive cases of COVID-19.  This includes positive results from Saturday, June 27th through Monday, June 29th.  The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 424, including 33 deaths.  Currently, three confirmed positive Sangamon County residents are  hospitalized.

June 29, 3:00 p.m.

IDPH COVID-19 Medical Report for Monday

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 738 new confirmed cases of new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 14 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 142,461 cases, including 14 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 26,918 specimens for a total of 1,571,896.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 22 -June 28 is 2.7%.

June 29, 2:50 p.m.

Statewide COVID-19 Weekend Medical Report

Today, the Illinois Dept. of Public Health reported the following for the past weekend:

For Saturday, June 27th:  786 new cases for a total of 141,077 cases.  26 additional deaths for a total of 6,873 deaths.  30,237 new test results for a total of 1,521,189 tests.

For Sunday, June 28th:  646 new cases for a total of 141,723 cases.  15 additional deaths for a total of 6,888 deaths.  23,789 new test results for a total of 1,544,978 tests.

June 26, 9:15 p.m.

IDPH Provides Phase 4 Guidance for Swimming Facilities

Under Phase 4 of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Restore Illinois plan, swimming facilities licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) can open at a maximum of 50% of capacity.  This includes swimming pools, water parks, splashpads, and beaches.  

“There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 can spread to people through the water in pools and water playgrounds,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “However, the virus can still spread between people while in the pool, playing at a water park, or in a spa.  Make sure to keep your distance from other people, especially if waiting in line or sitting around the pool.”

Swimming facilities are required to have plans that address maintaining physical distance for areas where people line up to use a water slide, lazy river, or other water features.  This can include putting up signs, having attendants monitor people, or using markings.  The plan must also address sanitization of all equipment, such as rafts, tubes, and lounge chairs.  These must be sanitized between each use.  

Operators should limit group sizes to no more than 50 people. Operators, employees, and customers should wear face coverings when not swimming or using other water features. Exceptions can be made for children younger than two years or people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a face covering.

Pools and water parks should require temperature checks for employees and customers when entering the facility, as well as in-person screenings to verify individuals do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

June 26, 9:00 p.m.

Sangamon County Medical Update

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health today announced three new positive cases of COVID-19.  The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 405, including 33 deaths.  Currently, two confirmed positive Sangamon County residents are hospitalized.

June 26, 3:15 p.m.

Route 66 Mother Road Festival Cancelled
 
As a result of growing concerns over COVID-19, Illinois Route 66 Events, Inc., the City of Springfield, and Bonnier Events have made the decision to cancel the 2020 International Mother Road Route 66 Festival, which had been scheduled for September 25-27 in Springfield.
 
Participants who have pre-registered vehicles will automatically receive a refund.

The International Route 66 Mother Road Festival hosts and organizers say that the annual festival will resume in 2021.

 

June 26, 3:00 p.m.

Free Metered Parking in Downtown Springfield Through July
 
Free downtown meter parking has now been extended through July 31.  This means you do not need to put change in a meter when you park; however, you will be required to move your vehicle within the time posted at that parking location.  Citations will still be issued for vehicles not adhering to the posted times on the signs and exceeding these park times.  

As a reminder, parking illegally or in an unlawful area including bus or loading zones, no parking, and accessible spaces is enforceable 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
 
The City also has bagged meters with blue coverings that include the message “Curbside Pickup Parking Only” in an effort to support downtown food and retail establishments.  These designated spots will remain in place until further notice.

June 26, 2:45 p.m.

Daily Statewide COVID-19 Medical Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 857 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 39 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 140,291 cases, including 6,847 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 30,425 specimens for a total of 1,490,952.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 19-June 25 is 3%.

June 25, 8:00 p.m.

Central Illinois Update

The Cass County Health Department announced three more people have been diagnosed with COVID-19.  Also, the county's first death from the disease has been reported. The 82 year old man was part of an outbreak at a long term care facility in the county.

Macon County has four more individuals confirmed with COVID-19. The county's overall total is 227 since the pandemic began.

One new case was announced in Christian County Thursday. Morgan County also had one additional person testing positive. The female in her 30's is isolating at home. There have been 127 cases in the county overall. 

June 25, 6:20 p.m.

Sangamon County COVID-19 Update

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health announced two new positive cases of COVID-19 today. The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 402, including 33 deaths.  Currently, one confirmed positive Sangamon County resident is hospitalized.

June 25, 6:00 p.m.

Springfield's Lincoln Library Opens Monday

Lincoln Library, the Public Library of Springfield, will open to the public for limited services and capacity beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.  The Library is offering Quick Pick services that will allow patrons to browse for popular materials, pick-up hold items, and the ability to copy, print, and fax documents.  Reference and Sangamon Valley Collection services will be available by appointment by calling the Library’s main number.   Curbside pick-up and other services will continue by phone or email to all Library patrons.

Those coming to the Library can access the building through the north entrance by the Municipal Center, or by the elevator in the underground parking garage. The Capitol Avenue entrance will be closed until further notice.  All patrons are asked to check in with a greeter in the lobby when arriving.

Computer access will be available by appointment beginning the week of July 6.  Those who have their own devices but need to print can use the Library’s mobile printing service.  More information is available online, http://lincolnlibrary.info/howDoI/MobilePrinting.html.

Those coming to Lincoln Library should be aware of changes due to COVID-19.  All patrons over the age of 2 are required to wear a face covering and must be worn through the duration of the visit.  Seating will not be available.  Patrons are encouraged to limit their time in the building due to occupancy limits.  All materials must be returned to the 7th Street or lobby book drops and will be isolated for 72 hours before being checked in.  Staff are unable to take returned materials at service desks or at curbside.  The Library is not able to accept donated materials at this time.

The Library’s adjusted hours are June 29-July 2, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Starting July 6, the Library will be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Hours of service will be evaluated monthly.

June 25, 3:30 p.m.

Daily IDPH COVID-19 Medical Update

Today, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 894 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 41 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 139,434 cases, including 6,810 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 31,686 specimens for a total of 1,460,527.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 18-June 24 is 3%.

June 24, 5:30 p.m.

Sangamon County New Coronavirus Update

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health today announced five new positive cases of COVID-19.  The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 400, including 33 deaths.  Currently, one confirmed positive Sangamon County resident is hospitalized.

June 24, 2:45 p.m.

Illinois Dept. of Public Heallth Medical Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 715 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 64 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 138,540 cases, including 6,770 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 29,331 specimens for a total of 1,428,841.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 17-June 23 is 3%.

June 23, 10:00 p.m.

More Cases In Cass County

The Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed 19 more people with COVID-19 in Cass County. The latest number includes those fom an outbreak at a Cass County long term care facility. All negative residents and staff will continue to be tested at least weekly until no new cases can be associated with the outbreak. This outbreak consists of positive results from 24 residents and 18 staff, including cases from Cass, Morgan, and Mason counties. Cass County Health Department is working with facility leaders and the Illinois Department of Public Health to review facility practices and minimize future spread of illness among the staff and residents.

 

 

June 23, 5:20 p.m.

Latest Sangamon County Numbers

The Sangamon County Public Health Department reports four new cases. The total number of Sangamon County residents confirmed with COVIDF-19 is 395, although many of those have recovered. There have been 33 deaths linked to the disease. Currently, one Sangamon County resident is  hospitalized. 

June 23, 3:00 p.m.

State COVID-19 Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 601 new cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 38 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 137,825 cases, including 6,707 deaths, in 101 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 20,507 specimens for a total of 1,399,510.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 16–June 22 is two percent.

June 22, 5:30 p.m.

Sangamon County COVID-19 Medical Report

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health today announced two new positive cases of COVID-19.  The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 391, including 33 deaths.  Currently, one confirmed positive Sangamon County resident is hospitalized.

June 22, 3:00 p.m.

Monday's IDPH Medical Update

Today, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 462 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 26 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 137,224 cases, including 6,671 deaths, in 101 counties in Illinois.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 18,219 specimens for a total of 1,379,003.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 15-June 21 is 2%.

June 22, 12:00 p.m.

Sunday's IDPH COVID-19 Update

On Sunday, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 658 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 23 additional confirmed deaths.  As of Sunday afternoon, IDPH reportied a total of 136,762 cases, including 6,647 deaths.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 14-June 20 was reported at 2%.

June 20, 3:30 p.m.

IDPH Daily COVID-19 Medical Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 634 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 45 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 136,104 cases, including 6,625 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 25,965 specimens for a total of 1,336,968.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 13-June 19 is 3%.

June 19, 6:20 p.m.

Sangamon County COVID-19 Report

Today, the Sangamon County Department of Public Health announced two new positive cases of new coronavirus disease.  The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 389, including 33 deaths.  Currently, no confirmed positive Sangamon County residents are hospitalized.

June 19, 3:00 p.m.

Daily IDPH Medical Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 692 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 44 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 135,470 cases, including 6,580 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 27,171 specimens for a total of 1,311,003.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 12-June 18 is 3%.

June 18, 6:00 p.m.

Jacksonville Long Term Care Facility Update

One death and eight additional cases are reported among residents at Aperion Care.  Three are hospitalized, according to the Morgan County Office of Emergency Management. 

An 87 year old man died at the facility Thursday.  He tested positive for COVID-19 on June 9.  

The outbreak at Aperion Care was first announced last weekend, when nearly 50 residents and staff were confirmed to have the disease.  

June 18, 5:30 p.m.

Sangamon County COVID-19 Health Update

Today the Sangamon County Department of Public Health announced one new positive case of COVID-19.  The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 387, including 33 deaths.  Currently, no confirmed positive Sangamon County residents are hospitalized.

June 18, 3:30 p.m.

U-of-I Campuses To Resume Classes This Fall

Today, the University of Illinois announced it would resume educational activities this fall at the system’s three campuses, with a hybrid mixture of in-person and online classes, assuming that Illinois stays on track to meet the Phase 4 requirements established by the Restore Illinois plan that allow reopening of classrooms.

Each university will be providing details of their unique, campus-based plans within the next few weeks, including starting dates and calendars for their fall semesters.  University of Illinois System President TIm Killeen provided a summary of elements that will be common to all, including a mixture of in-person and remote instruction to provide the physical distancing that inhibits spread of the virus, with accommodations for students and faculty in vulnerable and at-risk groups, and for students who cannot come to campus due to travel restrictions or other considerations.

Classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected daily and reusable, washable masks will be provided to all students and employees and required in all classrooms and public spaces, with hand sanitizer widely available in all buildings.

Residence hall occupancy will be limited to two students per room, outside visitors will not be allowed in residence halls, and quarantine areas will be created to accommodate students who test positive for COVID-19 or display symptoms.  Use of auxiliary facilities such as recreational centers will be limited to preserve safety.

June 18, 3:15 p.m.

Illinois Dept. of Public Health Medical Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 593 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 55 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 134,778 cases, including 6,537 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 25,504 specimens for a total of 1,283,832.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 11-June 17 is 3%.

June 17, 5:45 p.m.

Sangamon County COVID-19 Update

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health today announced two new positive cases of COVID-19.  The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 386, including 33 deaths.  Currently, no confirmed positive Sangamon County residents are hospitalized.

June 17, 3:00 p.m.

IDPH Daily Coronavirus Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 546 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 87 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 134,185 cases, including 6,485 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 29,987 specimens for a total of 1,258,328.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 10-June 16 is 3%.

June 17, 11:00 a.m.

Menard County Fair Canceled

The fair's board of directors met this week and unanimously decided to cancel the 2020 event.   It had been scheduled for July 14-19.  A Facebook post indicated other options were considered, but the health and safety of fairgoers was the guiding reason for calling off the event.    

June 16, 6:00 p.m.

Sangamon County COVID-19 Medical Update

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health announced on Tuesday one new positive case of COVID-19.  The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 385, including 33 deaths.  Currently, no confirmed positive Sangamon County residents are hospitalized.

June 16, 2:45 p.m.

Daily IDPH COVID-19 Medical Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 623 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 72 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 133,639 cases, including 6,398 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 18,729 specimens for a total of 1,228,341.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 9-June 15 is 3%.

At this time, 26 men incarcerated at East Moline Correctional Center are confirmed positive for COVID-19.  They are appropriately isolated or quarantined and are being closely monitored by medical personnel.  Three staff at the facility also tested positive for the virus and one has recovered.  All the confirmed cases have been traced to the same dorm-style living unit.  The Illinois Department of Correction's medical task force is utilizing point prevalence surveillance to help control any further spread of infection.

June 15, 6:00 p.m.

Sangamon County COVID-19 Update

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health announced six new positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday.  The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 383, including 33 deaths.  Currently, two confirmed positive Sangamon County residents are hospitalized.

June 15, 5:00 p.m.

Expanded CARES Act Assistance Eligibility

More people are now eligible for emergency assistance to pay for  utilities, food, and rent.  As part of the Federal CARES Act, Illinois  has an additional 90-million dollars to cover such expenses.  Eligibility has now been expanded to cover a family of four making 43-hundred dollars a month.  Applications and information is available online at http://www.helpillinoisfamilies.com

June 15, 2:45 p.m.

Monday's Daily IDPH COVID-19 Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 473 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 19 additional confirmed deaths.  

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 133,016 cases, including 6,326 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 18,627 specimens for a total of 1,209,612.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 8-June 14 is 3%.

June 14, 5:00 p.m.

Sunday's IDPH COVID-19 Report

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 672 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 19 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 132,543 cases, including 6,308 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 22,040 specimens for a total of 1,190,985.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 7-June 13 is 3%.

June 13, 5:00 p.m.

Statewide COVID-19 Medical Report for Saturday

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 673 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 29 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 131,871 cases, including 6,289 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 21,844 specimens for a total of 1,168,945.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 6-June 12 is 3%.

June 12, 3:50 p.m.

Central Illinois Update

A day after nearly four dozen staff and residents of a Jacksonville nursing home, Aperion Care, tested positive for COVID-19, Morgan County reported one additional case on Friday.  The man in his 80s is hospitalized.  The county has had 106 total cases and two deaths. 

Sangamon County Department of Public Health said there were no new cases as of Friday.   The overall total remains 377 with 33 deaths.   Currently, two Sangamon County residents are hospitalized after being diagnosed with the coronavirus disease. 

Macon County has confirmed 206 people with COVID-19 since the pandemic started.  That includes one additional person announced on Friday. 

June 12, 3:30 p.m.

Latest Statewide COVID-19 Numbers

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 595 new cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 77 additional confirmed deaths. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 131,198 cases, including 6,260 deaths, in 101 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 24,774 specimens for a total of 1,147,101.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 5–June 11 is four percent.

June 11, 5:30 p.m.

Area Update

Sangamon County is reporting four more people with the coronavirus disease. There are two people hospitalized.   Overall, the number of cases is 377, including 33 deaths. 

Macon County has one newly confirmed COVID-19 case, bringing the total to 205 this year. 

Pike County has reported it's second case of COVID-19, a woman in her 40s, recovering in isolation. The county's health department said those in contact woith the individual have been notified and are in quarantine.

June 11, 5:05 p.m.

Outbreak, One Death Reported At Jacksonville Nursing Home

Nearly four dozen residents and staff at a Jacksonville rehabilitation and nursing home have tested positive for the coronavirus disease.   One death of an individual at the facility is also being reported. 

34 residents and 13 staff at Aperion Care have been confirmed to have COVID-19.  A 44-year old man, diagnosed on Thursday, was transported to Passavant Hospital where he died.  This is Morgan County’s second death of the disease since the pandemic began. 

A statement from Aperion said it’s following CDC guidelines and that visitors are prohibited.   Staff reporting for work are being screened beforehand.  

The Morgan County Health Department said the residents testing positive are isolated at the facility.  Staff members with COVID-19 are recovering at home. 

June 11, 2:30 p.m.

Statewide COVID-19 Total For Thursday

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 766 new cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 91 additional confirmed deaths. IDPH is reporting a total of 130,603 cases, including 6,185 deaths, in 101 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 22,325 specimens for a total of 1,122,327.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 4 –June 10 is 4%.

June 11, 2:00 p.m.

UIS Presents Friday Business Webinar

The University of Illinois Springfield Office of Economic Development and Innovation, College of Business and Management, College of Public Affairs and Administration and Innovate Springfield will host a free public webinar on “All IN 4U and other opportunities for small businesses: Changes to paycheck protection program and local business activities.”

The webinar will be offered 12-1 p.m. Friday, June 12, and will be led by Bruce Sommer, UIS director of economic development and innovation.

Ryan McCrady, president and CEO at Springfield Sangamon Growth Alliance, will discuss a collaborative new initiative called “All IN 4U” that was just launched aimed to unify local businesses around a pledge to ensure the health, safety and confidence of customers and employees.   Lisa Clemmons Stott, executive director at Downtown Springfield, Inc., will discuss business experiences operating under easing restrictions.  Kevin Lust, director of Illinois Small Business Development Center at Lincoln Land Community College, will discuss the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) that was signed into law on June 5. It is intended to address limits of the original plan that provide small business relief due to stay-at-home orders. 

Participants are encouraged to register for the event at go.uis.edu/COVIDwebinar,  However registration is not required. 

June 10, 4:45 p.m.

Daily Central Illinois Update

Morgan County reported three more people diagnosed with COVID-19.  One of those testing positive is an infant, who is recuperating at home.  There have now been 58 cases in the county since the pandemic began and eleven reported in the past two days. 

Macon County Wednesday announced anotehr person confirmed to have the coronavirus disease.  There have been 204 cases in the county.  

Sangamon County saw two more COVID-19 cases for a total of 375.

June 10, 4:10 p.m.

Changes In Visitor Policies At Hospitals

Visitor restrictions put in place at Memorial Health System (MHS) and HSHS Illinois hospitals in March have been updated due to a decline in COVID-19 numbers in central and southern Illinois.

Visitors will still be required to wear a mask at all times while in the hospitals and should expect to be screened.

Visitors will now be permitted as follows:

  • Emergency department: One visitor who must remain in the patient’s room for the duration of visit.
  • Inpatient adult: One visitor during the hours of 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Inpatient end-of-life: Two visitors at a time.
  • Obstetrics patients: One support person.
  • Pediatrics (inpatient and outpatient): Two parents/guardians.
  • Surgery (inpatient and outpatient): One visitor in the waiting room only for the duration of the surgical procedure.
  • Outpatient diagnostic and therapy services: Patients being provided outpatient services are encouraged to come alone whenever possible or have visitors wait outside until services are complete.
  • Patients with intellectual and/or developmental disability or cognitive impairments: One support person.
  • Memorial Physician Services, Memorial Express Care or DMG Medical Group: Members of the same household or one non-household support person may accompany a patient to an appointment.
  • Transitional Care Unit at MHS’ Passavant Area Hospital: Visitors are still not permitted, under restrictions from the Illinois Department of Public Health for long-term care.

The changes took effect Monday at MHS hospitals and will take effect Thursday, June 11 at HSHS hospitals.  Children under 16 are not permitted to visit hospitals, unless they are the parent of a child receiving care. 

June 10. 2:40 p.m.

Statewide IDPH COVID-19 Report

On Wednesday, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 625 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 78 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 129,837 cases, including 6,095 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 20,820 specimens for a total of 1,100,002.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 3 -June 9 is 4%.

June 9, 6:00 p.m.

Central Illinois COVID-19 Medical Update

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health reports one new death.  The patient was a male in his 80’s who tested positive for COVID-19 on May 11th.  He was an inpatient at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.  The department also announced four new positive cases.  The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 371, including 33 deaths.  Currently, two confirmed positive Sangamon County residents are hospitalized.

The Morgan County Health Department reports eight additional people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus disease.  Only one is hospitalized.  The others are isolating at home.  The county’s total since the pandemic began is 55.

 

June 9, 3:00 p.m.

IDPH COVID-19 Medical Update - Deaths Surpass 6,000

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 797 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 95 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 129,212 cases, including 6,018 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 20,309 specimens for a total of 1,079,182.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 2 -June 8 is 4%.

Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH is now reporting both confirmed and probable cases and deaths on its website.  Reporting probable cases will help show the potential burden of COVID-19 illness and efficacy of population-based non-pharmaceutical interventions.  See CDC definition of a probable case on its website.  IDPH will update these data once a week.

June 8, 5:45 p.m.

Sangamon County COVID-19 Update

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health has announced two new positive cases in the county.  The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 367, including 32 deaths.  Currently, two confirmed positive Sangamon County residents are hospitalized.

June 8, 3:45 p.m.

COVID-19 IDPH Medical Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 658 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 23 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 128,415 cases, including 5,924 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 16,099 specimens for a total of 1,058,873.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 1-June 7 is 5%.

June 7, 3:00 p.m.

Daily IDPH Medical Update

On Sunday, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 867 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 43 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 127,757 cases, including 5,904 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 20,700 specimens for a total of 1,042,774.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from May 31-June 6 is 5%.

June 6, 4:45 p.m.

One Additional COVID-19 Death in Sangamon County

On Saturday, the Sangamon County Department of Public Health announced one new death in Sangamon County. The patient was a female in her 70’s who tested positive for COVID-19 on May 11th.  She was an inpatient at Memorial Medical Center.  The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 365, including 32 deaths.  Currently, two confirmed positive Sangamon County residents are hospitalized.

June 6, 3:45 p.m.

Daily IDPH Medical Update

On Saturday, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 975 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 72 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 126,890 cases, including 5,864 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 21,155 specimens for a total of 1,022,074.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from May 30-June 5 is 5.5%.

June 5, 5:30 p.m.

Decatur's Scovill Zoo To Re-open June 8th

Scovill Zoo will re-open for the season on Monday, June 8 for daily operation from 9:30 A.M – 6:00 P.M. with last admission one hour before closing.  The petting zoo and herpaquarium will remain closed because of COVID-19 restrictions.  Additional zoo amenities including the Z.O.&O. Train and Endangered Species Carousel are closed until further notice.

To avoid long lines and large gatherings, visitors and members are asked to adopt a new process of visiting the zoo by booking tickets online at scovillzoo.com or checking for available capacity by calling 421-7435 during open hours before attending the facility.  Walk-ups will be limited.  

The facility will open within the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Phase 3 guidelines set for outdoor recreation - staff wearing face coverings and using sneeze guards at admission, enforcing social distancing guidelines and displaying “6 feet apart” signage, following CDC cleaning and disinfecting protocols of all shared equipment and common areas, encouraging online ticket purchasing to reserve admission times, keeping high touch point areas like water fountains inoperable, encouraging guests to wear face coverings and avoid touching facility accessories.

 

June 5, 5:15 p.m.

Central Illinois COVID-19 Medical Update

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health announced two new positive cases on Friday. The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 365 including 31 deaths.  Currently, three confirmed positive Sangamon County residents are hospitalized.

The Morgan County Health Department reports three additional cases, all of whom are are recovering at home.  There has been a total of 45 cases in the county since the pandemic began.

The Macon County Joint Crisis Communication Team reported the death of a Macon County resident with COVID-19, bringing the number of fatalities in the county to 21.  The resident was a male in his 70s.  Thus far, 4,148 tests have been performed in Macon County.  There are no newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Macon County,  The overall number of confirmed cases in the county remains at 200.

June 5, 3:15 p.m.

Daily IDPH Medical Update - Over One Million Tests Performed

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,156 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 59 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 125,915 cases, including 5,795 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 18,903 specimens for a total of 1,000,919. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from May 29-June 4 is 6%.

A pet cat recently tested positive for COVID-19 after becoming sick in mid-May.  The cat was in a home with people who had tested positive.  This is the first animal to test positive for the virus in Illinois.  There is no evidence COVID-19 is transmitted from animal to humans.  However, if you are sick, you should distance yourself from pets as well as people.

June 4, 5:30 p.m.

Sangamon County Medical Update

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health reports four new positive cases od COVID-19 in the county. The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 363, including 31 deaths.  Currently, three confirmed positive Sangamon County residents are hospitalized.

June 4, 2:30 p.m.

IDPH Statewide COVID-19 Medical Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 929 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 116 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 124,759 cases, including 5,736 deaths. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 22,841 specimens for a total of 982,016.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from May 28-June 3 is 6%.

June 4, 2:00 p.m.

Two COVID-19 Cases in Thompson Federal Prison

Two inmates transferred from Chicago to a federal prison in Thomson have tested positive for COVID-19. The inmates were transferred in late April, after the Chicago prison already had a confirmed outbreak.

U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos and Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth released a statement chastising the Bureau of Prisons for failing to “protect inmates, correctional staff, and the greater communities at large,” with comprehensive testing.  They called on the Bureau to thoroughly implement contact tracing at Thomson and address understaffing at the facility.

The confirmed cases follow Thomson’s recent removal from a list of quarantine sites for new federal inmates, and a call from lawmakers to test all inmates for COVID-19 prior to transfer.

June 3, 5:45 p.m.

Sangamon County COVID-19 Updates

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health reports two new positive cases of COVID-19. The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 359, including 31 deaths.  Currently, three confirmed positive Sangamon County residents are hospitalized.

June 3, 4:00 p.m.

Springfield and Sangamon County Mass Transit Service Plan

The Sangamon Mass Transit District (SMTD) has released their plan to restore service to pre-COVID-19 levels.  SMTD plans to restore service based on ridership trends.  SMTD is providing approximately 2,100 rides per weekday (down 60% from 4,500 or 5,000).  The threshold to go back to near-full service will be 3,000 rides per day.  However, that increase in service will not include the routes to Chatham, Riverton, Rochester, and Sherman, and passengers will still be required to wear a face-covering to ride.

SMTD plans to bring back service to the outlying communities sometime in the fall. Until then, passengers in those communities can continue to schedule rides through SMTD’s Access paratransit service. That number is (217) 522-8594.

In late March, SMTD reduced weekday service to former Saturday schedules (an approximate reduction of 40%) and reduced Saturday schedules to hourly service. Night service was reduced by two hours to end at 9:00 PM, and service to Chatham, Riverton, Rochester, and Sherman was suspended.  Additionally, only essential travel was allowed, passengers were asked to board at the rear doors, fare requirements were suspended, and passengers were required to wear a face-covering to ride.  Most of those reductions and requirements remain in effect.

 

June 3, 3:00 p.m.

Statewide IDPH Medical Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports 982 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 97 additional deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 123,830 cases, including a total of 5,621 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 24,471 specimens for a total of 959,175 tests.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from May 27-June 2 is 6%.

June 3, 12:45 p.m.

Springfield Downtown Parking

Downtown Springfield meter parking will remain free through June 30, 2020.

However, the Office of Public Works Vehicle Parking Division will begin issuing citations for vehicles exceeding their park time and not adhering to the posted times on the signs.  With businesses beginning to open and offices returning to work, it is important to keep traffic moving to allow as many people as possible the chance to visit downtown businesses.

Parking illegally or in an unlawful area including bus or loading zones, no parking, and accessible spaces is enforceable 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

The City also has bagged meters with blue coverings that include the message “Curbside Pickup Parking Only” in an effort to support downtown food and retail establishments. These designated spots will remain in place until further notice.

June 3, 12:40 p.m.

Lincoln Library Drop Off & Pick Up

Springfield's Lincoln Library has begun curbside pickup of materials. To place a hold on materials, please call 217-753-4900. Patrons may also return books in the book drops on Seventh Street. Staff cannot accept returns at curbside pickup.

Curbside pickup takes place on the north side of the library, in the drive next to the Municipal Center building. Those participating in the library curbside pickup are asked to stay on the right side of the drive and pull into the designated parking spots marked with a blue bag. Those utilizing the CWLP payment window should stay left when pulling into the drive.

Any material checked out before the pandemic is still due June 30, 2020, to prevent all materials being returned at once. For information on other library services during the pandemic recovery, visit https://bit.ly/3dhr34b.

 

June 3, 12:30 p.m.

Springfield Municipal Center Update

Both Municipal Center buildings (300 S. Seventh Street and 800 E. Monroe) are open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., but with limited public access.  It is still recommended people call first to make an appointment or to talk with a city department to see other available options that may not require an in-person visit.  A city directory is available at springfield.il.us or 217-789-2000.  At this time, the Municipal Center Complex grounds will remain closed until further notice.

COVID-19 Related Changes at Springfield's City Hall

Face coverings are required to enter the building and must be worn through the duration of the visit.  It is requested that no more than two people per household access the building.  No more than ten people will be in the lobby at one time.  Those who are not feeling well or are experiencing flu-like symptoms should stay home.

The City Council Chambers are still closed to the public.  Anyone wishing to speak at any of the upcoming meetings, whether it is City Council or a Boards or Commission meeting may contact the Springfield City Clerk’s Office at 217-789-2216 or email city.clerk@springfield.il.us on how to join a meeting.

June 2, 5:50 p.m.
 
U-of-I System Reacts to Revenue Loss from COVID-19

The University of Illinois system president Tim Killeen has announced several measures the institution is taking to deal with the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The university system is estimating losses of more than 150 million dollars across its campuses in Urbana, Chicago, and Springfield through this month.
 
Killeen issued guidance urging units across the U of I system to immediately stop hiring and only fill vacant positions that are critical.  Killeen also announced that he and other top officials across the U of I system’s campuses would take a 10 percent pay cut for six months of the upcoming academic year.

Killeen says he's hopeful that the university will not need to implement furloughs, across the board budget and pay cuts, or lay-offs.

June 2, 5:45 p.m.

Curbside Liquor Sales Allowed in Illinois

Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed a measure into law allowing bars and restaurants to offer curbside liquor sales.  The law is designed to spur business at bars and restaurants across the state that have suffered due to stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus outbreak.  The law requires that mixed drinks to be sold in sealed containers and allows mixed drink sales for one year. The new law also gives an extension for renewing liquor licenses.

June 2, 5:30 p.m.

COVID-19 Update for Central Illinois

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health reports two new positive cases of COVID-19. The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 357, including 31 deaths.  Currently, four confirmed positive Sangamon County residents are hospitalized with the disease.

Morgan County officials are reporting one new case, a man in his 40’s who is recuperating at home.  It’s the 39th overall case in Morgan county.

June 2, 4:45 p.m.

IDPH Coronavirus Update for Tuesday

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports 1,614 additional people diagnosed with the COVID-19.  An additional 113 people have died.  The total number of confirmed cases is 122,848, including 5,525 deaths, since the pandemic began.

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 16,431 tests for a total of 934,704.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from May 26-June 1 is 7%.

June 1, 3:35 p.m.

Central Illinois Numbers

Sangamon County's Department of Public Health said two new cases have been reported as of Monday.  The total during the pandemic is 356 with 31 deaths.  Six residents confirmed to have COVID-19 are hospitalized. 

Macon County health officials announced one new case of COVID-19  for a total of 196.  There have been 3,690 tests performed in the county.  

Greene County has had one new case as of Monday, bringing the total to seven.  Five of those individuals have recovered.  

Morgan County reported two more people testing positive, both children who are recovering at home.  They are the 37th and 38th cases in the county.

June 1, 3:00 p.m.

IDPH Coronavirus Update

The latest totals from the state Department of Public Health show another 974 people diagnosed with the coronavirus disease. Another 23 individuals with COVID-19 have died within the past day.   IDPH is reporting an overall total of 121,234 cases, including 5,412 deaths, in 101 counties in Illinois since the pandemic began. 

June 1, 10:00 a.m.

Face Coverings Required At Sangamon County Complex

Beginning June 1,  facial coverings will be required to be worn by anybody entering the Sangamon County Complex.   The Illinois Supreme Court Guidelines for Resuming Illinois Judicial Branch Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic recommends that all practical measures should be taken within the courthouse and courtrooms to ensure a clean environment and prevent the spread of the virus.

The masks or face coverings are mandated at the courthouse to protect the general public as well as employees who may be unable to practice social distancing measures while conducting courthouse business.

The covering shall be worn in a manner that prevents mouth and nasal openings from exposure to direct air particles. Those with certain medical conditions and children under the age of two are exempt from the facial covering requirement.​

June 1, 9:30 a.m.

SOS Offices Closing Early Monday

Secretary of State office buildings in Springfield are closing today at 2 p.m.

The Springfield buildings impacted include, but are not limited to, the following: The Howlett Building, the Illinois State Library, the Herndon Building and the Driver Services facility located at 2701 S. Dirksen Parkway. All of the buildings will reopen tomorrow, June 2.

Out of an abundance of caution and after conferring with law enforcement, these buildings are being closed at 2 p.m. today to protect the public and employees.

May 31, 5:00 p.m.

State Public Health Numbers

The Illinois Department of Public Health Sunday announced 1,462 more people have tested postive for the  coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, along with 61 additional deaths. Overall, IDPH said 118,917 people have the disease, including 5,330 deaths, in 101 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  

May 30, 5:15 p.m.

Sangamon County Medical Update

On Saturday, the Sangamon County Department of Public Health announced one new positive case of COVID-19.  The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 354, including 31 deaths.

Currently, six confirmed positive Sangamon County residents are hospitalized.

May 30, 5:00 p.m.

IDPH Medical Update for Saturday

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,462 new cases on Saturday with 61 additional deaths. Overall, the state has confirmed 118,917 cases since the pandemic began. 5,330 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have died. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 25,343 specimens for a total of 877,105. The statewide seven day rolling positivity rate for May 23-29 is 7%.

May 29, 5:00 p.m

Central Illinois COVID-19 Updates 

Sangamon County 

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health announced four new cases and one death, a woman in her 80s who was a resident at Centennial Pointe Senior Living.

The total number of cases in Sangamon County is 353, including 31 deaths. Six patients with COVID-19 from Sangamon County are currently hospitalized.

Central Illinois Update 

The county reports 11 confirmed cases in Logan County, with 10 people who have recovered, and no COVID-19 related deaths, according to health officials there.

The Cass County Department of Public Health reports no new COVID-19 cases. Overall, there are 72 cases in the county, with two patients hospitalized. Sixty-five individuals have recovered, and there haven't been any deaths.

Christian County health officials also report no new cases, and 34 confirmed cases, including four deaths.

The Macon County Department of Public Health reports two new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number to 194 cases, including 19 deaths.

Morgan County is reporting its 35th person with COVID-19.  The latest is a female in her teens who is isolating at home.

May 29, 3:00 p.m. 

COVID-19 Almost Reaches Every County In Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,622 new cases of COVID-19, and 86 deaths. The department is reporting a total of 117,455 cases, including 5,270 deaths. 

The virus has been found in 101 of the state’s 102 counties. Edgar County, one of the two counties that has yet to report a case, now has one case.

The seven-day statewide positivity for cases from May 22-28 is 8%.

Pritzker Replaces Daily Briefings

Governor J.B. Pritzker said daily briefings, which he has held since March, will be replaced by news conferences on an as-needed basis.

Meanwhile, the Illinois Department of Public Health will continue to update daily testing and case numbers by news release.

May 29, 2:20 p.m. 

Diocese of Springfield To Hold Mass

In-person Catholic Masses will return next weekend, the Diocese of Springfield announced. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki granted permission for public Masses to be celebrated beginning  the weekend of June 6, with attendance limited to 25% capacity. 

Parishes will also be required to have a Parish Response Team in place if any attendees test positive for COVID-19.

Springfield Sliders Season Canceled

The Prospect League, the collegiate summer baseball league the The Sliders play in, announced it’s calling off all games this summer. The Sliders usually play at Robin Roberts Stadium on Springfield’s north end.

A message from the league indicated the decision was based on varying guidelines for safety, limits on public gatherings and travel across the five states that are home to Prospect League teams.

The league is preparing to hold games in 2021.

Covid-19 Death At Centennial Pointe Senior Living

A resident of Centennial Pointe Senior living has died from COVID-19. Five residents at the have tested positive, including the person who died.

All residents and staff will be tested again today, Friday May 29th.

Sangamon County Residents Take Survey On Phase 3 Reopening

More than 1,400 Sangamon County residents responded to a survey this week gauging how they are feeling heading into today’s Phase 3 reopening.

Participants are ready to get their haircut, go shopping, and visit the doctor, according to the local economic development agencies that conducted the survey. A majority plan to wait longer to visit a museum or ticketed arts performance, work out in a gym, or be inside a bar.

Survey results can be found here.

White Oak Malls Reopens

White Oaks Mall will open to customers today, and has issued rules and safety guidelines for shoppers and employees.

There will be certain entrance points into the mall, and floor decals to help practice social distancing. Play areas, vending, and strollers will remain closed for now.

Hand sanitizers will be at high-touch customer points, such as ATM’s.

 

May 28  5:50 p.m.
Churches Free To Gather. Gov. Recommends Against It

Governor JB Pritzker Thursday announced new guidance for churches and places of worship.   It comes as he faces multiple lawsuits over his ban on gatherings of more than ten people. 

Pritzker now says faith leaders should try to limit attendance to a quarter of a building’s capacity or 100 attendees, whichever is lower, along with social distancing.  

“We're not providing restrictions. We're simply providing the best recommendations that we can for keeping people safe so we hope that the pastor will follow those got that guides and those recommendations for his services, his or her services,” he said. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health is still calling for outdoor or remote services when possible, along with cleaning protocols.   

The conservative Thomas More Society responded to the changes by claiming victory and saying Pritzker used the pandemic “to stomp on the religious liberty of the people of Illinois.”

May 28, 5:40 p.m.

Latest Sangamon County #
 

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health reports six new positive cases of COVID-19. The total number of Sangamon County residents with confirmed cases is 349 including 30 deaths. Currently, eight confirmed positive Sangamon County residents are hospitalized.

May 28, 4:10 p.m.
Macon County Update

The Macon County Health Department reports three new cases of COVID-19  in Macon County. There have been 192 cases in the county with 19 fatalities.

May 28, 4:00 p.m.
COVID-19 Death in Macoupin County

The Macoupin County Health death say a man in his 80's is the county's second fatality  as a result of COVID-19.  There have been 45 cases in the county with two people currently hospitalized.
 

May 28, 3:45 p.m.
Seminar on Business Re-opening Friday

SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois Springfield Office of Economic Development and Innovation, College of Business and Management, College of Public Affairs and Administration and Innovate Springfield will host a free public webinar on “Reopening: What You Need to Know” exploring state guidelines for businesses and consumer demand during COVID-19.The webinar will be offered 12-1 p.m. Friday, May 29. Jonathan McGee, acting deputy director of regional economic development at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, will speak about the Restore Illinois plan’s phase three guidelines for reopening businesses.
 Kevin Lust, director of Illinois Small Business Development Center at Lincoln Land Community College, will present on “Back to Business: What Not to Miss.”
Innovate Springfield Executive Director Katie Davison will analyze data from a new survey of local consumers that asked to what level they plan to start patronizing local businesses, and the safety measures they want in place that would give them confidence to return to more normal shopping patterns.
Participants are encouraged to register for the event at go.uis.edu/COVIDwebinar<https://go.uis.edu/COVIDwebinar>,

May 28, 250 p.m.
1527 New COVID-19 Cases. State Moving To Phase Three

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,527 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 104 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 115,833 cases, including 5,186 deaths, in 100 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 25,993 specimens for a total of 829,966.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from May 21–May 27 is 8.3% The metrics for the past month have been met statewide and will allow all areas to move to phase three of business re-opening. 

May 28, 1:42 p.m.
Two Active COVID-19 Cases in Morgan

WLDS-WEAI reports that Morgan County Health Department says the county is down to two active ases out of the 34 reported in the county.   There has been one death attributed to the virus.

May 28, 10:40 a.m.

Music Series Cancelled

Springfield's Levitt Amp Music Series scheduled for this summer has been postponed until 2021.

There will still be music this summer, thanks to the Levitt Foundation. Springfield will be featured in the National Levitt AMP Virtual Music Series, taking place online from June 1 – August 28, 2020, with concerts airing twice a week(Site TBA).

The Springfield-based trio The Deep Hollow will be Springfield’s featured musicians in the Levitt AMP Virtual Music Series (air date, July 24). The band had been scheduled to play Springfield’s planned 2020 season on the Y Block that would have started tonight.

May 27, 6:15 p.m.

Central Illinois Medical Update

In Sangamon County, there are five new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, and one additional death, a resident of the Villas Senior Community care facility.  The total number of Sangamon county residents with confirmed cases is 343, including a total of 30 deaths.  Currently, nine comnfirmed cases in the county are hospitalized.

There are two newly-confirmed cases in Macon county, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 189, including 19 deaths.

May 27, 5:45 p.m.

Twenty-Fourth COVID-19 Death at the Villas Senior Care Community

There has been one new death at The Villas Senior Care Community in Sherman. The patient was a female resident in her 80’s who tested positive for COVID-19 on April 22nd.

The total number of confirmed positives include sixty-two residents and forty-six staff members, for a total of one hundred eight cases, including twenty-four deaths.

Currently, no residents or staff members are hospitalized.

May 27, 2:45 p.m.

IDPH Medical Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,111 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, with 160 additional deaths. Overall, the state has confirmed 114,306 cases since the pandemic began. Of those, 5,083 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have died. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 17,179 specimens for a total of 803,973 tests performed.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity rate from May 20-26 is 8.6%.

As of midnight last night, there were 3,826 patients hospitalized with COVID-19.  Of those, 1,031 (27%) were in intensive care and 592 (15%) on ventilators.

May 27, 9:00 a.m.

Drivers Services Offices Reopening Next Week

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced his office’s reopening plan beginning June 1.  The first  two months will focus on serving only new drivers, customers with expired driver’s licenses/ID cards and vehicle transactions. Currently there are more than 700,000 expired driver’s licenses/ID cards and 1.9 million expired vehicle registrations.

All Secretary of State departments and offices will be open for business on June 1. The reopening dates and locations for Driver Services facilities statewide are as follows:

June 1 – Springfield-Dirksen facility hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  June 2 – Tuesday through Saturday facilities (all Driver Services facilities statewide outside Chicago metro area) will open Tuesday, June 2. Hours of operation are Tuesday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 a.m. to noon.

May 26, 5:12 p.m.

Sangamon County Man Dies Of COVID-19, Two More Confirmed Cases

A Sangamon County man in his 50s has died of COVID-19 at Memorial Medical Center. He tested positive for the disease a month ago, according to a news release from the Sangamon County Department of Public Health.

The department also reports two additional cases, bringing the total count of confirmed cases to 338, including 29 deaths.

Nine county residents are currently hospitalized. More than 5,000 have been tested.

May 26, 2:50 p.m.

IDPH Medical Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,178 new cases on Tuesday with 39 additional deaths. Overall, the state has confirmed 113,195 cases since the pandemic began. Of those, 4,923 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have died. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 17,230 specimens for a total of 786,794.

This marks the first week since the beginning of the pandemic that the total number of deaths in a week has been lower than the previous week.

May 26, 2:45 p.m.

Virtual Star Party

The University of Illinois Springfield Astronomy-Physics Program and Sangamon Astronomical Society will host an online star-watching party on May 30, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The link for the Zoom event will be posted online and participation is capped at 300 connections.

John Martin, UIS associate professor of astronomy/physics, will give tips for finding planets and constellations and answer astronomy questions submitted live.

The organizations are also planning three, in-person parties, 8:30-10:30 p.m. June 27, July 25 and Aug. 11 (a special Perseid Meteor Shower viewing party) at Lincoln Memorial Garden, located on the shores of Lake Springfield.

More information is on UIS’ website, and any changes to in-person events due to COVID-19 or weather will be posted there.

May 25, 2:30 p.m.

IDPH Medical Update for Monday

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,713 new cases on Monday with 31 additional deaths. Overall, the state has confirmed 112,017 cases since the pandemic began. 4,884 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have died. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 21,643 specimens for a total of 769,564. The statewide seven day rolling positivity rate for May 16-22 is 12-percent.

May 24, 5:45 p.m.

Business Reopening Guidelines

The Prtizker Adminsitration has released specific rules that allow for the safe reopening of businesses in Phase 3, which could take effect as soon as Friday.

May 24, 5:20 p.m.

Central Illinois Report

One additional person has been confirmed to have COVID-19. The total number of Sangamon County residents who have been diagnosed is 336, with many having recovered. The number of deaths in the county is 28. Currently, ten positive Sangamon County residents are hospitalized.

The Macon County Health Department reported the 19th person in the county with COVID-19 has died. The victim was a man in his 60s. There were no new cases on Sunday, leaving the county's overall count at 185.

May 24, 5:00 p.m.

Statewide Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 2,508 new cases Sunday with 67 additional deaths. Overall, the state has confirmed 110,304 cases since the pandemic began. 4,856 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have died. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 25,674 specimens for a total of 747,921. The statewide seven-day rolling positivity rate for May 15-21 is 12-percent.