Tier 3 Mitigation Measures

Tier 3 Mitigation Measures

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You can learn more about Illinois’ Tier 3 Mitigation Measures HERE.

Shop Local / Eat Local

We enter Tier 3 today, folks. Please be sure to support our local businesses’ curbside & delivery options, as well as online shopping. As we think about how to safely celebrate the holidays this year, please ask yourself how you can incorporate buying local into your plans. Pick up to-go meals (we have amazing breakfast/lunch/dinner options all across Livingston) & drinks from our local restaurants & bars. Deliver baked goods & warm coffee from your local bakery & coffee shop to the door steps of your friends. Buy gift cards from local retail shops, salons & barbers, health & fitness centers, restaurants/bars, and send them to loved ones or save them for your own next visit. Our local businesses do so much for our communities and they need our help. Please support their efforts in Tier 3 and do your part to help keep our communities healthy & safe.

Online Scheduling for Livingston County COVID-19 Testing

Online Scheduling for Livingston County COVID-19 Testing

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.

While there are no requirements for testing, before being tested please ask yourself, 1) “Do I have COVID-19 symptoms?” 2) “Has it been 5-7 days since being in *close contact* with a person known to be infected with COVID-19?” 3) “Do my travel accommodations require me to have a COVID-19 test prior to travel?” If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, you should be in quarantine while you wait for your COVID-19 test and test results. If you answer “No” to these questions, there is no need to be tested. Please know that if you have already tested positive for COVID-19, you may continue to test positive for up to 90 days; so, please do not retest within the first three months after testing positive.

  • Close Contact CDC definition: Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test date).

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 click on the link below.

Please note, each person must have their own appointment and their own form completed. DO NOT schedule appointments under the same name – each person’s name must be entered for their own appointment. In order to schedule an appointment, each person must have their own email address.

Schedule an appointment on Visibook

Please complete the following form and bring it, as well as your insurance card, with you to your appointment. Please be aware that if you are late to your appointment or do not have the required paperwork with you, you may have to reschedule your testing date.

If you are unable to complete the form in advance, please arrive to your appointment 15 minutes early in order to pick up a form from OSF Saint James (under the front entrance awning) and have it completed prior to your appointment.

If you are unable to get an appointment at Livingston County’s testing site in the time frame needed, you may also visit McLean County’s drive-thru testing site.

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.

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.

https://fmi.learnercommunity.com/products/1013/safemark-food-protection-manager-training

https://www.tapseries.com/courses/shop/sc_product_list_fsm.php

  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

Illinois COVID-19 Testing Sites

Illinois COVID-19 Testing Sites

There are a number of testing sites across Illinois, including Bridge Diagnostics in Bradley, among others. You can find the full list of testing sites HERE.

Healthcare/Caregiver COVID Vaccinations

Healthcare/Caregiver COVID Vaccinations

If you are a healthcare worker or caregiver working in Livingston County and are not affiliated with a hospital system, please give us call to schedule your COVID-19 vaccination – 815-844-7174 ext. 216.

Livingston County on State Warning List Due to Increase in COVID-19

Livingston County on State Warning List Due to Increase in COVID-19

On Thursday, November 5, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) included Livingston County its list of Illinois counties considered to be at a warning level for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

A county enters a warning level when there is an increase in two or more COVID-19 risk indicators that measure the amount of COVID-19. Those metrics include: new cases per 100,000 people, number of deaths, weekly test positivity rate, ICU availability, weekly emergency department visits and hospital admissions, tests performed and clusters of cases. These metrics are intended to be used as guidance for local leaders, businesses, and the public to make informed decisions regarding safety.

“The warning level status does not cause IDPH to impose additional restrictions on the county, said Jackie Dever, Livingston County Health Department (LCHD) Administrator. “It does indicate though that we need more individuals taking action to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We cannot become complacent.”

Livingston County has had several outbreaks among congregate living facilities that have contributed to the spike in positive cases in the county, as well as large social gatherings and celebrations being the source of several outbreaks.

“It is imperative that everyone, in particular staff and visitors of congregate living facilities, be mindful of their actions and take the precautions necessary to protect themselves and those around them, including correctly wearing a mask, maintaining social distance, and avoiding gatherings of people,” said Dever. 

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: https://www.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#cases. 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, 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. Persons with an appointment will receive priority service as daily testing capacity is limited. Call the LCHD at (815) 844-7174 ext. 210 or ext. 216 to schedule an appointment. For those Livingston County residents who test 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 10-15 minutes in the 48 prior to either experiencing symptoms or receiving testing) within 24 hours of receiving notification.

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).

You can track metrics for Livingston County by visiting IDPH’s County Level COVID-19 Metrics page.

IDPH Metric Definitions

  • New cases per 100,000 people. If there are more than 50 new cases per 100,000 people in the county, this triggers a warning.
  • Number of deaths. This metric indicates a warning when the weekly number of deaths increases more than 20% for two consecutive weeks.
  • Weekly test positivity. This metric indicates a warning when the 7 – day test positivity rate rises above 8%.
  • ICU availability. If there are fewer than 20% of intensive care units available in t he region, this triggers a warning.
  • Weekly emergency department visits. This metric indicates a warning when the weekly percent of COVID-19-like-illness emergency department visits increase by more than 20% for two consecutive weeks.
  • Weekly hospital admissions. A warning is triggered when the weekly number of hospital admissions for COVID-19-like-illness increases by more than 20% for two consecutive weeks.
  • Tests performed . This metric is used to provide context and indicate if more testing is needed in the county.
  • Clusters. This metric looks at the percent of COVID-19 cases associated with clusters or outbreaks and is used to understand large increase in cases.

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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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.