COVID-19 Updates & Testing

*COVID-19 updates regarding cases and COVID-related deaths in Livingston County will be provided every Monday (except holidays).

Update: January 24, 2022

Six hundred and two residents of Livingston County have tested positive for COVID-19. Livingston County Health Department (LCHD) officials were notified of the new COVID-19 cases between January 19-24, 2022. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is also reporting five additional COVID-19 related deaths for Livingston County during this same time. To date, IDPH reports having 214,969 COVID-19 test results for the county; of that, 9,851 COVID-19 tests have been positive, 437 cases remain active and, sadly, 126 cases  have resulted in death due to complications related to COVID-19. As COVID at-home tests become more widely used, it is important to note that reported numbers only include those tests in which the results are sent to lab, not at-home tests.

Free at-home tests are now available to order online. Americans can order up to four kits per address. Once ordered, tests are to be mailed within seven to 12 days. Individuals may visit COVIDTests.gov to place their order for four free COVID-19 rapid at-home test kits.

COVID test sites near Livingston County currently include:

  • Heartland Community College in Pontiac (211 E Madison, Pontiac; 2nd floor of Pontiac Public Library): Free PCR testing; appointment required (shieldillinois.com); Mondays 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. and Thursdays 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Interstate Center (1106 Interstate Dr., Bloomington): Free PCR testing; no appointment necessary; drive-thru/walk-up testing; Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • CampusTown Urgent Care: Free PCR and rapid testing (insurance billed, if available); appointment required; see CampusTown’s website for times (www.covidtest.center/)
    • Central Illinois Regional Airport (3201 Cira Dr, Bloomington); Monday-Saturday
    • CampusTown Urgent Care (631 East Green Street, Champaign); every day
  • Local pharmacies: Contact respective pharmacies for their current testing availability
  • Local physician’s offices: Contact respective offices for their current testing availability

LCHD Cautions Use of Privately-Owned Testing Sites

The Livingston County Health Department (LCHD) would like to advise that several privately owned testing sites are being established in and around Livingston County. The LCHD is not authorized to permit or restrict these businesses, nor is the health department allowed to provide any level of surveillance or oversight for these entities. There are no COVID-19 testing sites affiliated with the LCHD operating at this time.

Laboratories that partner with privately owned testing sites are regulated by Federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) and Illinois Department of Public Health CLIA and can be investigated by these federal and state agencies. However, privately-owned testing sites themselves may not have any oversight by IDPH. Please procced at your own risk when choosing to be tested at a privately-owned testing site. The LCHD cannot respond to any complaints regarding COVID-19 testing sites.

To file a complaint regarding deficiencies such as missing results, or other serious service-related complaints, please call the CLIA hotline at 1-800-252-4343.

If patients believe there may be fraudulent business practices or other criminal activity at a testing site, they should contact the Illinois Attorney General’s Consumer Protect Division hotline at 1-800-386-5438.

In addition to medical facilities and pharmacies, State supported testing sites can be found at dph.illinois.gov/covid19/testing.

Need A Release Letter for Work After Testing Positive? Here’s How!

For those who require documentation of their COVID testing for work, travel, medical procedures, etc., the test must be completed at a testing facility, such as a medical office, drive-thru testing site, or pharmacy. Results of these tests are received by the State in order to facilitate contact tracing. Individuals must respond to contact tracers in order to receive need work release letters. These letters cannot be provided for at-home tests as these results are not received by the State.

All positive cases from testing sites will receive an automated text message that states the following: “IDPH COVID: There is important info for you. Call 312-777-1999 or click: ttps://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/confirmed-or-possible-covid-19.html.”

It is essential that individuals respond to this message in order to receive their required work release letters. Those who are 65 + will get an additional text message if the initial message does not result in a response. If someone has tested positive and they have not received a call or text message, they can call 312-777-1999.

Isolation & Quarantine:

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recently (12/30/2021) adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation to reduce the number of days for isolation and quarantine for the general public who are asymptomatic. The LCHD continues to follow IDPH guidance, adopting the CDC recommendations as well.

These recommendations apply to individuals who are either asymptomatic OR whose symptoms are improving and are fever free for 24 hours, including those who are unvaccinated or are not boosted even though they are eligible. However, health care personnel, schools, and other specific groups and settings should continue to follow their respective guidance. Revisions to guidance for these groups or settings will be provided once made available by IDPH.

What if I tested positive for COVID-19? (Isolation):

  • Do not wait to hear from state or local public health to begin your isolation. Note: At-home test results are not received by local health departments; therefore, contact tracers are unable to reach out to those who test at home.
  • Immediately self-isolate for at least 5 days
  • During your isolation avoid contact with others as much as possible
  • If possible, stay in a separate room from others in your household and use separate bathrooms
  • Arrange for food and necessities to be delivered and left at your door. If you cannot make arrangement for someone to assist you, please call 211
  • Rest and drink plenty of fluids
  • Stay home unless to seek medical help
  • Seek emergency care if symptoms are severe, letting medical personnel know you have COVID-19
  • Notify your close contacts — anyone who was within 6 feet of you for a total of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period up to 48 hours before you tested positive or symptoms started, even if you both wore masks
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house. *If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days (a total of 10 days)

What if you are a close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19? (Quarantine):

A “close contact” is anyone within 6 feet of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for a cumulative 15 minutes over a 24-hour period up to 48 hours before the person tested positive or their symptoms started, even if both wore masks

  • Do not wait to hear from state or local public health to begin your quarantine
  • People who have completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the primary series of J&J vaccine AND are boosted do not need to quarantine unless they have symptoms
  • If you have completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are NOT boosted – OR – you have completed the primary series of J&J vaccine over 2 months ago and are NOT boosted you must quarantine
  • Stay home for at least 5 days.  After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days (a total of 10 days)
  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
  • If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19
  • Testing is recommended 5 days after exposure or immediately if symptoms develop

COVID-19 testing is available in Livingston County at local pharmacies, including Walgreens and CVS, and some local medical offices by appointment only. Drive-thru and walk-up testing is also available at the Interstate Center (1106 Interstate Dr, Bloomington, IL) every Monday through Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. For those requiring PCR testing, appointments are available through Heartland Community College in Pontiac (https://www.heartland.edu/coronavirus/testing.html) and via CampusTown Urgent Care in Bloomington and Champaign (https://covidtest.center/).

Updates to Contact Tracing

With increases in COVID-19 activity and at-home testing being used more widely, there has been surge of calls and emails with questions regarding isolation and quarantine. Given that at-home test results are not received by local health departments, the Livingston County Health Department (LCHD) is not able to provide documentation for at-home positive test results. Please DO NOT contact the LCHD at this time with questions regarding at-home test results. All guidance is provided on Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) website: https://dph.illinois.gov/…/com…/quarantine-guidance.html. For those who require a letter for work, you must be tested at a facility, such as a medical office, drive-thru testing site, or pharmacy, in order to acquire documentation.

IDPH is making efforts to centralize case investigation and contact tracing to the state Surge Center. All positive cases will receive an automated text message that states the following:

“IDPH COVID: There is important info for you. Call 312-777-1999 or click: ttps://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/confirmed-or-possible-covid-19.html”

Those who are 65 + will get an additional text message if the initial message does not result in a response. If someone has tested positive and they have not received a call or text message, they can call 312-777-1999.

Most positive cases and close contacts will speak with the IDPH Surge Center staff during the contact tracing process. LCHD will still be involved in handling some cases, including outbreaks and clusters. LCHD is still awaiting more details about the logistics of these changes and will keep the public updated as more is learned.

Livingston County Vaccination Plan

The COVID-19 vaccine will be administered in Livingston County in accordance with the phases as recommended by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

For up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 vaccinations in Livingston County, please visit on our COVID-19 Vaccination Page.

If you have questions or concerns about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, please contact your healthcare provider.

Mitigation Measures

To learn more about resurgence mitigation measures for Illinois, click HERE.

Testing Sites

Please note this service is not affiliated the LCHD or Pontiac Public Library, so they are unable to assist with questions or appointment scheduling.

COVID-19 & Travel

Individuals who travel to hot spots in the country, those areas where higher rates of confirmed COVID-19 cases are reported, are strongly encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 5-7 days after returning from their trip or sooner if experiencing symptoms. People can track confirmed COVID-19 cases in Illinois by county and zip code by visiting IDPH’s COVID-19 Statistics. Individuals may also track confirmed cases nationwide by using CDC’s COVID-19 tracker tool.

Reduce Your Risk for Complications Related to COVID-19: Quit Smoking

A reminder for the public, individuals who smoke may be at a higher risk for complications should they contract COVID-19. Created in partnership between the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the American Lung Association of Illinois, the Illinois Tobacco Quitline is a tobacco cessation program offering a wide range of free resources, including counseling and nicotine replacement therapy. If people need help quitting tobacco, they may contact the Illinois Tobacco Quitline at 1-866-QUIT-YES or visit www.QUITYES.org.

For details on previously reported COVID-19 cases in Livingston County, please see press releases below.

Assume COVID-19 is in your community. Because people can be carriers of the virus prior to experiencing symptoms, you should assume everyone has the virus, including yourself. If everyone works under this assumption, we all will take these precautions necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19, including: 

  • STAY HOME if you feel sick.
  • Wear a mask when in public.
  • When out in public, practice social distancing to the best of your ability, making sure to stay 6’ from others.
  • Wash your hands regularly with warm water & soap for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Regularly disinfect surfaces, especially those most frequently touched (e.g. phone, door knobs, light switches, etc.) in your home, vehicle, & place of work using sanitizing wipes with at least 70% alcohol or a water & bleach solution using a 10:1 ratio. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose & mouth as these are areas where it’s easier for a virus to enter the body.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or into your elbow, then wash your hands. If you experience symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, do not present at a hospital emergency room or doctor’s office immediately unless it is a true emergency. Please first call your primary care physician.

The LCHD will continue to keep you posted with COVID-19 updates. We’re here for you, Livingston County. #WeLoveLivCo #InThisTogether

Other COVID-19 related information for Livingston County, Illinois

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