Drive-up Flu Shots Available this Season

Drive-up Flu Shots Available this Season

Drive-thru influenza (flu) shots are available at the LCHD Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Simply call 815-844-7174 x210 upon your arrival and a well-trained LCHD nurse will happily meet you at your vehicle to administer your flu vaccine. Be sure to bring your insurance card and ID as Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance will be billed. Masks are required during all interactions with LCHD staff.

LCHD public flu clinics are also available:

  • Wednesday, October 7th from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at the Dwight Village Hall (209 S Prairie Ave , Dwight)
  • Wednesday, October 14th from 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. at the Odell Branch of Bank of Pontiac (200 S Waupansie St, Odell)
  • Friday, October 16th from 9:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m. at the Saunemin Village Community Building (70 North St, Saunemin)

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

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 now 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. All testing is at no charge to the client. Insurance is not required to be tested; however, if you have insurance, please bring your card to your testing appointment.

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 at (815) 844-7174 ext. 210 or ext. 216 to schedule an appointment.

21 New Cases – 777 Cases Total in Livingston County

21 New Cases – 777 Cases Total in Livingston County

Twenty-one more residents of Livingston County have tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus disease). Sadly, one more resident has also died due to complications related to COVID-19. The individual was a male in his 60s. Livingston County Health Department (LCHD) officials were notified of the new COVID-19 cases and COVID-19 related death on October 30, 2020 in accordance with state and local public health protocol. The newly confirmed cases include a male under the age of 10; three females and a male in their 20s; two females in their 30s; two females and two male in their 40s; a female and male in their 50s; a female and two males in their 60s; two female in their 70s; a female in her 80s (asymptomatic at the time of testing); and two females in their 90s (both asymptomatic at the time of testing), 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 October 30, 2020, the LCHD has received 18,649 COVID-19 test results. Of that, 777 COVID-19 tests have been positive, 17,872 tests were negative, 640 of the previously reported cases have been removed from isolation, 125 cases remain active, two cases are currently hospitalized, and, sadly, twelve cases have resulted in death due to complications related to COVID-19. Of those individuals who have tested positive, 53 were asymptomatic at the time of testing. For details on the previously reported cases and up-to-date information for Livingston County, IL, community members can visit the LCHD’s COVID-19 Updates page.

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).

Assume COVID-19 is in every community. Because people can be carriers of the virus prior to experiencing symptoms, everyone should be presumed to be carriers of the COVID-19 virus. Community members are strongly encouraged to adhere to all of the required precautions necessary to protect their families and the community by slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, including wearing a mask and staying at least 6’ from others when in public, as well as frequently washing hands and sanitizing regularly touched surfaces.

For Livingston County residents age 60 or older, homebound 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.

Certified Food Protection Manager Announcement

Certified Food Protection Manager Announcement

The Livingston County Health Department has had to suspend offering the Certified Food Protection Manager training course for food establishments due to Covid-19 distancing requirements.  In an attempt to assist individuals who are required to be certified as a Food Protection Manager the following procedures have been established: 

  1. Register to take the Certified Food Protection Manager exam by calling the Livingston County Health Department at 815-844-7174 ext. 216.  A $50.00 fee for the exam will be collected at the time of the exam.  Exam dates and times are listed below.  Seating is limited to observe social distancing.
  1. An online training course will need to be completed prior to the exam. You may use one of the trusted training partners provided below or select an online Certified Food Manager training course of your choice. A fee is charged by the company providing the training. Proof of course completion will be required at the time of the exam.

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  1. At the time of the exam, face coverings will be required, as well as picture identification, course completion documentation, and the $50.00 exam fee.  The exam will begin promptly at the time stated and will be held in the conference room at the Livingston County Health Department located at 310 E. Torrance Ave., Pontiac, IL.

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

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

CDC Principal Deputy Director, Dr. Anne Schuchat, did a Q&A on What to Expect When You’re Expecting, answering questions related to COVID-19 and pregnancy, infant care & breastfeeding. Check out those FAQs by clicking HERE.

You can also check out IDPH’s guidance for pregnant women and children by clicking HERE.

Remember, even though our doors may be closed during this time, our dedicated LCHD staff is still working hard to meet the needs of Livingston county, including those programs focused on caring for little ones and their parents. WIC is currently offering limited services via drive-thru by appointment only. Please call 815.844.7174 ext. 222 or ext. 223 to schedule an appointment. Better Birth Outcomes (BBO), Family Case Management (FCM) and Healthy Families are conducting appointments with clients via phone only at this time. Click on the links learn more about how each of these programs may benefit your family. We’re here for you, Livingston County. #InThisTogether #WeLoveLivCo

Holiday Season Safety Tips

Holiday Season Safety Tips

The best gift you can give family & friends is one of health and safety. For the holidays this year, planning ahead is essential. For information on holiday season safety tips, please visit IDPH’s website HERE.

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Voting Precinct Pontiac #4 Polling Site Location Change

Voting Precinct Pontiac #4 Polling Site Location Change

Attention Pontiac Voters‼️ If your voting precinct is Pontiac #4 and your polling site has been the LCHD in the past, the site this year has been moved across the street to the Grace Episcopal Church (900 S Manlove St).

Remember, you can also vote early Monday-Friday 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m. at the Livingston County Clerk’s Office (112 W Madison St – in the Historic Courthouse). For more information on voting in Livingston County, please visit Livingston County Elections Website.

You Do Not Have to Fight Abuse Alone

You Do Not Have to Fight Abuse Alone

The COVID-19 Equity Team’s Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse Prevention Workgroup has compiled this list of available resources for wide circulation and it will be updated as new information becomes available.

Statewide COVID-19 Resources & Supports

Statewide COVID-19 Resources & Supports

UIC Specialized Care for Children has compiled a 13 page list of resources to help Illinois families with meals and financial assistance, utility resources, medical & health, social services, parenting, childcare and learning.

We ALL Must Wear a Mask When In Public

We ALL Must Wear a Mask When In Public

On May 1st, 2020, all Illinoisans are required to wear a mask when out in public conducting essential business. It is important that EVERYONE wear a cloth face covering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you do not have a mask, no worries! In the video below our US Surgeon General shows how you can make your own mask out of an old t-shirt.

Click HERE for IDPH’s guidance on wearing a mask and why it is so important for the health of the public.

*Please do not put a mask on children under the age of two.

**Please reserve N95 masks and other PPE (personal protective equipment) for medical & emergency workers.

Track Confirmed Cases by Zip Code

Track Confirmed Cases by Zip Code

You can track confirmed cases of COVID-19 by zip code on IDPH’s website: dph.illinois.gov/COVID19/STATISTICS. Please note, due to privacy concerns zip codes with five cases or less are not included. Remember, it should be assumed that COVID-19 exposure can occur in community, so please keep doing everything you can to help slow the spread of the virus and flatten the curve.