Illinois Coronavirus News & Updates
7 Questions and Answers Concerning Newly Approved COVID-19 Boosters
As with other diseases, you can improve your resistance to COVID-19 when you stay up to date with the recommended vaccines and boosters. Boosters can help restore protection that has diminished since a previous vaccination.
Do You Really Need Both a Flu Shot and a COVID-19 Booster?
This year will mark the third flu season with COVID-19 still circulating. Both viruses can cause health problems ranging from mild symptoms to illnesses requiring hospitalization and medical support measures. Likewise, both illnesses can also be deadly for the most susceptible individuals, such as those with chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems. Learn how you can stay healthy.
IDPH Announces $3.7 Million in Federally Funded Grant Opportunities for COVID-19 Health Equity Strategies
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced up to $3.7 million in grants are available for communities outside of Cook County to address and implement COVID-19 health equity strategies.
COVID-19 Cases are Slowly Rising in Many Areas of the State
As of April 14, 2022, an Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) news release reports that COVID-19 case rates are slowly rising in many areas of the state. IDPH encourages all Illinoisans to pay close attention to conditions in their local communities and stay up to date on their vaccination status.
With Sharp Drop in Demand, Community-Based COVID-19 Testing Sites to End Operations March 31
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today that in response to a sharp drop in the demand for COVID-19 testing services at the ten Community-Based Testing Sites and the anticipated end of federal funding, operations at the locations will end on March 31. IDPH previewed that operations would be winding down when the mask mandate was lifted and has seen traffic at the sites – which carried out more than 1.5 million tests in total throughout their operation – drop precipitously in recent weeks. The sites are currently handling less than one percent of the tests being conducted statewide.
Illinois Department of Public Health Adds New COVID-19 Treatment for Distribution Across Illinois
As a new COVID-19 treatment rolls out across the country, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) continues to distribute these life-saving therapeutics equitably across the state. On February 11, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization for a new monoclonal antibody, bebtelovimab, for the treatment of COVID-19.
Anyone with COVID-19-like illness or symptoms can get a test, even without a doctor’s order.
Illinois COVID-19 Hotline and Email Address
If you have questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19), Call the Illinois Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Hotline 1-800-889-3931 or, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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Reliable information – Corona News & Updates for Central Illinois
The Coronavirus News & Updates is a service of the Moultrie County Health Department. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is the primary source of this reliable information. Much of the data originates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many of the articles you’ll read below refer to COVID-19 which is the CDC’s short designation for “coronavirus disease 2019.”
The purpose of this service is to provide you with the latest critical news on the novel coronavirus Covid-19 in Illinois and locally as it affects Moultrie County.
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Coronavirus News & Updates: We’re all in this together
Today, we know more about who is at greater risk of getting the coronavirus than we did a few months earlier. We know that people over the age of 60 and those with underlying health conditions are particularly vulnerable to the more severe effects of the disease. Although younger, healthier children and adults may suffer only minor symptoms, they can still spread the coronavirus to the more vulnerable population.
The Moultrie County Health Department wants you to live smart and responsibly until we’re through this pandemic. So, let’s wash our hands longer and more frequently. Avoid large gatherings of people. Reduce unnecessary physical contact with others as much as possible. Above all, let’s listen to public health experts and act on the basis of facts instead of misinformation. Thus, we encourage you to check the Coronavirus News & Updates for the latest information each day.