COVID-19 Updates

Update: January 20, 2021

Nineteen residents of Livingston County and one inmate at Pontiac Correctional Center (PCC) have tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus disease). Livingston County Health Department (LCHD) officials were notified of the new COVID-19 cases on January 20, 2021 in accordance with state and local public health protocol.

LCHD officials continue to work closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and have investigated and notified any individuals who may have had exposure to this individual who tested positive for COVID-19.

As of January 20, 2021, the LCHD has received 57,276 COVID-19 test results. Of that, 3,673 COVID-19 tests have been positive, 53,603 tests were negative, 3,404 of the previously reported cases have been removed from isolation, 206 cases remain active, and, sadly, 63 cases have resulted in death due to complications related to COVID-19.

The health and safety of Livingston County residents remains the highest priority for Livingston County health officials. All partners and organizations involved in the COVID-19 response remain fully prepared to respond to COVID-19 cases. Public health, hospital systems, and first responders maintain highly trained infection control teams, specialized equipment, and protocols consistent with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For Livingston County residents age 60 or older, home-bound with no assistance and in need of essential care items, such as food, medical supplies, or personal hygiene products, please the LCHD at 815-844-7174 x230.

The LCHD will continue to work diligently to meet the everyday needs of county residents while aggressively addressing the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the high volume of cases, we will no longer be reporting breakdowns of sex and age. Additionally, we will no longer be reporting hospitalizations as hospitals are only required to report COVID-related hospitalization data to IDPH, not the health department. To acquire hospitalization data, as well as demographic data, please visit IDPH’s website: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid19-statistics

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.

Availability and timing of vaccine administration in Livingston County will depend on vaccine delivery from the State of Illinois. Please do not call the LCHD with questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. 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.

Livingston County’s Drive-thru COVID-19 Testing Site

A drive-thru COVID-19 testing site has been established in Livingston County in a collaborative effort between the Livingston County Health Department (LCHD) and OSF HealthCare Saint James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center. In order to better track the spread of COVID-19, increased accessibility to testing is essential in a rural county such as Livingston, and the partnership between the two agencies is focused on that objective.

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing is available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the parking lot of OSF Saint James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center, which is located along Illinois Route 116 just west of Interstate 55. There are no requirements and all testing is at no charge to the client. Insurance will be billed, if available.

We want to emphasize that persons with an appointment will receive priority service as we have a limited number of tests available each day. To schedule an appointment, please visit our online booking.

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.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, stay home and contact your healthcare provider. They will evaluate you and let you know what steps you should take next. DO NOT go to the hospital or your doctor’s office without calling first.

Anyone who wants to be tested for COVID-19 can now be tested, regardless of whether or not you’re experiencing symptoms. We strongly encourage you to call ahead to any testing site prior to going. If you are told to stay home and monitor your symptoms, be sure to stay home, rest, keep yourself hydrated, wash your hands often and clean surfaces regularly. Click HERE for guidance on hand washing & disinfecting.

If experience severe symptoms and need immediate attention, please call 9-1-1.

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

Please visit our Local Businesses page for details regarding Restore Illinois guidance.

COVID-19 & What to Expect When You’re Expecting

COVID-19 Questions? Dial 211

Handwashing & Disinfecting Guidance

IDPH Guidance on Face Masks

COVID-19 Testing

Governor JB Pritzker COVID-19 Executive Orders