Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Press Releases

May 22, 2020 Summer Food Service Program Starts Tuesday
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is hosting the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) again this year beginning Tuesday, May 26. The program provides free meals throughout the summer months when children are not in school.

SFSP is sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education and will run through mid- August. All meals are free to children ages 1-18 regardless of income or residency. The following times and locations will be available:... more...

Mar 23, 2020 Champaign County Has Confirmed Two Additional Coronavirus Cases
CHAMPAIGN, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) announced two additional cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Champaign County. One resident is a male in his 30s and the other is a male in his 50s. Both are in home isolation and recovering. Public health officials are identifying and contacting all close contacts. Champaign County has a total of three cases at this... more...

Mar 19, 2020 Champaign County Has First Confirmed Coronavirus Case
COVID-19 is a novel virus which is different than the seasonal flu. Most people have little or no immunity due to the lack of exposure to the virus or similar viruses. It is extremely important that everyone help to stop the virus from spreading. CUPHD urges residents to stay home as much as possible, cancel large gatherings of 25 people or more, and call a health care provider before seeking treatment if you have symptoms. Individuals over the age of 60 and people who have serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease are at higher risk of getting sick from COVID-19. Extra precautions need to be taken by those most at risk such as stocking up on supplies and medications and avoiding travel and crowds. Testing is currently based up presented symptoms including a fever and/or signs or symptoms of lower respiratory illness, such as cough and shortness of breath, and epidemiological risk factors including contact and travel... more...

Jan 13, 2020 National Radon Action Month
Radon Gas Causes More Than 20,000 Lung Cancer Deaths in the Country Each Year and Forty-Eight Percent of Homes Tested in Champaign County Have High Radon Levels

January is National Radon Action Month and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) encourages citizens to learn more about the threat of radon and to test their homes for the presence of radon. CUPHD has radon test kits available for $6.00. Test kits may be picked up at the Environmental Health Division of CUPHD located at 201 West Kenyon Road in Champaign; kits are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. A free t-shirt is also available with purchase while supplies... more...

May 30, 2019 Summer Food Service Program Starts Tomorrow
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is hosting the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) again this year beginning Thursday, May 30. The program provides free meals throughout the summer months when children are not in school.

SFSP is sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education and will run through mid-August. All meals are free to children ages 1 - 18 regardless of income or residency. The following times and locations will be available:

CUPHD lobby located at 201 W. Kenyon Road in Champaign... more...

Mar 19, 2019 Women's Health Expo
Free Pregnancy and Postpartum Health Expo

Champaign, IL - The Champaign'Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), along with the University of Illinois School of Social Work and via PCORI funding, (Patient'Centered Outcomes Research Institute), is hosting a Pregnancy and Postpartum Health Expo on Saturday, March 30, 2019. The event will be held at the Champaign Public Library, Robeson Ballrooms A, B, and C, located at 200 W. Green Street in Champaign from 10:00 AM ' Noon.

The health expo will highlight available information and resources as well as speakers discussing birth, pregnancy, perinatal depression, and health policy. Refreshments and prizes will also be provided. This event is free and open to the... more...

Mar 4, 2019 Champaign County EMA and Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Urge People to Prepare for Severe W
Champaign, IL - The Champaign County Emergency Management Agency (CCEMA) and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) urge everyone to prepare for severe weather. March 3-9, 2019 is Severe Weather Preparedness week in Illinois. Now is the time to prepare - before severe weather is predicted.

While there is nothing we can do to stop severe thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, or floods from developing, there are things that everyone can do to minimize the impacts of severe weather on our lives. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the following precautions can be taken to prepare for severe... more...

Feb 17, 2019 Additional Measles Cases
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is reporting two more cases of measles. The third case was in quarantine for the entire infectious period. The fourth case is pending genotyping results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All four of the measles cases are no longer infectious.

Most individuals are vaccinated routinely, in childhood, starting at age 1 (MMR, Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine) and are not at high risk for infection. Of most concern are people who have not been vaccinated, including infants. Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is working with the Urbana Early Childhood School and Carle to identify potential contacts. If you were at any of these exposure sites, please contact public health or your healthcare provider for follow-up.

Individuals with symptoms of measles (fever, rash, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes) and an exposure should CALL their health care provider to discuss the... more...

Feb 4, 2019 Second Measles Case
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is reporting a second local case of measles. Most individuals are vaccinated routinely, in childhood, starting at age 1 (MMR, Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine) and are not at high risk for infection. Of most concern are people who have not been vaccinated, including infants. Individuals unsure of their vaccine records should call their health care provider to check to see if they are fully vaccinated. Individuals with symptoms should CALL their health care provider to discuss the need for testing before presenting to the clinic. University of Illinois students who have symptoms should contact McKinley Health Center before presenting for... more...

Sep 5, 2018 Hepatitis A Vaccine Available for People At-risk
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Public Health, is offering hepatitis A vaccine to people at the greatest risk of becoming infected in our community. Although there are currently no outbreaks in Illinois, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported hepatitis A outbreaks in states across the county, including neighboring states.

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus. It is usually spread from person-to-person through contaminated food or water. According to the CDC, the major risk factors associated with the recent outbreaks include drug use (injection and non- injections), homelessness, or... more...