COVID-19 Updates

Update: September 30, 2020

Two more residents of Livingston County have tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) and, sadly, one more resident has died due to complications related to COVID-19. The individual was a female in her 60s. Livingston County Health Department (LCHD) officials were notified of the new COVID-19 cases and COVID-19 related death on September 30, 2020 in accordance with state and local public health protocol.  The newly confirmed cases include a female in her 30s and a male in his 80s, both of whom are recovering in isolation. The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) is also reporting six new confirmed cases at Pontiac Correctional Center (PCC). The individuals include a male in his 30s, three males in their 40s, and two males in their 50s, all of whom are recovering in isolation.her 70s, and a female in her 80s, all of whom are recovering in isolation.

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 September 30, 2020, the LCHD has received 11,960 COVID-19 test results. Of that, 435 COVID-19 tests have been confirmed positive, 11,525 tests confirmed negative, 380 of the previously reported confirmed cases have been removed from isolation, 48 cases remain active, two cases are currently hospitalized, and, sadly, seven cases have resulted in death due to complications related to COVID-19. Of those individuals who have tested positive, 40 were asymptomatic at the time of testing.

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.

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. We strongly recommend calling the LCHD, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at (815) 844-7174 ext. 210 or ext.216 to schedule an appointment.

For any Livingston County resident who tests positive for COVID-19, the LCHD will reach out to them individually and all of their close contacts (anyone the confirmed case has been within 6 feet of for at least 15 minutes in the 48 prior to either experiencing symptoms or receiving testing) within 24 hours of receiving notification.

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 site: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid19-statistics, and may also track confirmed cases nationwide by using CDC’s COVID-19 tracker tool.

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 a fever, cough or shortness of breath, 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.

Proclamation of Disaster in Livingston County, IL

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