COVID-19 Updates

Update: July 10, 2020

As of July 10, 2020, the LCHD has received 3,060 COVID-19 test results. Of that, 56 COVID-19 tests have been confirmed positive, 3,004 tests confirmed negative, 52 of the previously reported confirmed cases have been removed from isolation, two cases remain active, and, sadly, two cases have resulted in death due to complications related to COVID-19. Of those individuals who have tested positive, thirteen 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.

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. If you feel you may have been exposed and would like to be tested, please visit one of the testing sites listed to the right. We strongly encourage you to call ahead to ensure that the site is testing at that time. 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