COVID-19 - Coronavirus

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by a novel coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown to the population before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

Woodford County is closely monitoring the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  Woodford County Health Department (WCHD) is working with local healthcare community partners and following guidance provided by the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For the most up-to-date information, visit coronavirus.illinois.gov. This site has information for individuals and businesses. Guidance for food establishments (including Executive Orders) and Frequently Asked Questions are some of the topics covered.

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Contact Us

  1. Woodford County
  2. Health Department
  3. 1831 S. Main St.
  4. Eureka, IL 61530
  5. Phone: 309-467-3064

Phase 4 Guidelines

To prepare businesses and employers to implement new and updated safety guidelines in Phase 4, the State of Illinois has developed this business toolkit complete with signage, posters, and other resources to ensure business and activities are conducted in accordance with the latest public health recommendations.

Phase 4 guidelines include five new industry categories and updated recommendations for the existing categories from Phase 3. Each set of guidelines includes a common set of guidelines that are expected and encouraged among all employers and activity types, as well as workplace and program-specific guidelines.

The earliest this phase may be effective is June 26, 2020.

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Phase 3 Guidelines for Reopening Business and Returning People to Work Safely

On Tuesday, May 5th, Governor Pritzker released Restore Illinois, a five-phased plan that will reopen our state, guided by health metrics and with marked by distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase. The Restore Illinois plan recognizes that the economy will start growing again when consumers feel that it is safe to return to work, shop and dine out, and engage in social and recreational activities. Under the Restore Illinois framework, certain businesses and activities are allowed to resume in Phase 3 with IDPH-approved safety guidance in place. (source Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity)

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Telehealth Option

Governor Pritzker recently announced the Remote Patient Monitoring Program to serve Illinoisans potentially infected with COVID-19 who will be able to recover from the safety of their homes. 

Through this program, Health Workers will digitally connect with you when you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms but do not require emergency or inpatient care. Patients will receive daily virtual visits and receive wellness kits that include things like thermometers, pulse oximeters, blood pressure cuffs, and alcohol wipes.

To learn more about the telehealth program, click here.

Contact Tracers Needed

The Illinois Department of Public Health is seeking interested individuals to support local public health authorities to perform COVID-19 contact tracing. If interested, please click here. (link)

Woodford County COVID-19 GIS Map

While the GIS Dashboard will be updated throughout the week, please note that depending on the time of day the daily count numbers are released, those numbers may not align with the time of day numbers are updated or represented in the dashboard. 

Woodford County Health Department COVID-19 Response

The mission of the Woodford County Health Department (WCHD) is to improve the health and well-being of our community through health education, health promotion and preventive health services. WCHD highly recommends the public to continue to follow Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order.

There are many challenges and unknowns with the COVID-19 pandemic. WCHD urges the public to use precautions such as proper hand hygiene, social distancing (at least 6 feet) and wearing a mask.

WCHD, and other local health departments, follow the guidance directed by Illinois Department of Public Health to protect our communities against infectious disease. Historically, WCHD has worked to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and continues to do so during this time.

WCHD will continue to work with our community partners and surrounding local health departments to protect the health and well-being of all.

Call 4 Calm is a free emotional support text line where you can speak with a mental health professional.

Text “TALK” to 552020 or “HABLAR” for service in Spanish to the same number 552020.

Concerns about Business Practices

If you have a concern about a non-food establishment business not following Executive Order 20-10 or for more information about business processes during the COVID-19 outbreak, visit the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website. If you wish to file a complaint with DCEO, click here.

COVID-19 Guidance Infographics

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COVID-19 Testing Sites

To search for locations where you can be tested for COVID-19, click here. (link)

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Public Health (nationally, statewide and locally) is monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. We have many community partners and plans in place which we practice frequently. 

Things you can do to prevent the spread of illness are:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • covering coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • get your annual flu shot
  • stay home when you are sick (except to get medical care)
  • If you have underlying health conditions and/or are elderly, consider avoiding gatherings or other situations of potential exposure

If you are concerned that you may have COVID-19, contact your medical provider by phone. Do not go to prompt care locations or emergency rooms unless you are told to do so by your medical provider.

For further information, you may contact the Illinois Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick.illinois.gov