Coronavirus updates Thursday | A Champaign police officer is positive Coronavirus

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CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign police officer tested positive for COVID-19, the city announced on Thursday.

The officer is currently recovering from his home in isolation and does not require hospitalization, a statement said. The city does not disclose its identity or its specific responsibilities to protect its privacy.

All employees who may have been in contact with the officer were informed and invited to quarantine, the statement said, and any member of the public who may have been in direct contact is also informed.

“First of all, I am saddened to confirm that COVID-19 hit the police in Champaign, and our thoughts are with our officer for a full recovery and a quick return to the public service,” said Chief Anthony Cobb. “Our service has been proactive in taking as many precautions as possible to reduce the exposure of our agents and the public, and we will continue to do so. We have worked tirelessly to prepare for one of our employees who is positive. I want to reassure the community that we remain fully operational and able to provide responsive public safety services. “

Champaign-Urbana public health district administrator Julie Pryde said her agency was working closely with the ministry on the case.

“We ensure that all appropriate protocols are followed to identify people who may have been in direct contact with this officer and to provide them with appropriate advice regarding the need for self-quarantine,” she said. declared.

The release of the department indicated that the officer will not be allowed to return to work until authorized by the health district.

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Eight COVID-19 cases in Champaign County are among 715 new cases statewide, officials said on Thursday.

The total for Champaign County now stands at 46. At least five of these people are believed to be recovered.

The Illinois Department of Public Health also announced on Thursday that 16 other people had died.

There are now 7,695 confirmed cases in Illinois and 157 deaths.

Elsewhere in the region:

– Douglas County added a new case on Thursday – a woman in her sixties – for a total of nine.

– Vermilion County now has its third and fourth COVID-19 positive residents, according to Vermilion County health department administrator Doug Toole.

The two men reported on Thursday are both in their 30s, and neither had to be hospitalized, he said.

There is no clear link between the four county cases, he said.

– The counties of DeWitt and Piatt each have their first case of COVID-19.

The DeWitt-Piatt Bi-County health department announced Thursday that the DeWitt County case was a 52-year-old woman who started showing symptoms on March 23 and was tested on March 30.

She may have been exposed by a household member who attended a conference in Chicago, and conference officials told her that those present were exposed to a confirmed case, according to the health department.

The Piatt County case is a 22-year-old female health worker who worked with COVID-19 patients in Champaign.

She developed a fever on March 28 and was tested on March 30 in a driving test in McLean County. She did not return to work after the onset of her symptoms and she and another family member have been isolated since the onset of symptoms, the health service said.

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The first Savoie Human Festival to include a 5 km run on the Willard Airport runway has been postponed from May 30 to next year.

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To discourage social gatherings, basketball nets are zipped to the rims in Champaign parks.

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User interface goes online for summer courses

The University of Illinois has decided to move its summer courses online.

The move comes as instructors and UI students finish their second week of online education after returning from spring break.

“In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, and the ongoing advice from local and national health officials, we have decided that all summer 2020 courses will be delivered remotely via alternative delivery mechanisms”, a massmail from Chancellor Robert Jones and Provost Dit Andreas Cangellaris.

“We know that this decision about summer courses can generate additional questions about research, programs, travel, accommodation, events, remote work protocols, etc.,” they said. “We are not ready to make these decisions at the moment, but as soon as we are ready, you will be informed. “

Students will be able to start registering for summer courses on April 20.

Summer study programs abroad had already been suspended.

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UPDATE ON IROQUOIS COUNTY

On Thursday, Iroquois County reported two more COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to four: men in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.

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CHAMPAIGN MAN’S STORY

Bruce Swartz spoke on Wednesday about his recent illness and possible tests to Bob Asmussen of The News-Gazette. This morning, he announced that he had indeed tested positive for CIVD-19.

“I continue to remember that I do not have control and that God does,” he said. “And I’m fine. “

Read her story here.

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RELIGIOUS LEADERS WEIGH

As Easter approaches, 27 members of the Champaign County Interfaith Alliance submitted a letter published in Thursday’s News-Gazette:

“Religion has given supreme value to the sanctity of human life. If we have the opportunity to preserve the lives and well-being of others, we must take this responsibility seriously. “

Read it in full here.

MORNING BRIEFING:

– Of the 102 counties in Illinois, Douglas has only 58th residents, but is tied for 20th in the number of COVID-19 cases. On Tuesday, after reporting its first three cases, the county with just under 20,000 residents added five more on Wednesday – a man in his 50s, a man in his 20s, a woman in his 50s and two women in his 20s.

– Champaign County total has increased to 38 after nine cases were added on Wednesday. Of the 38, 33 are considered “active”, five “recovered”.

– The second positive case from Vermilion County in as many days concerns a resident described only as a person in his twenties. The two cases are apparently unrelated, according to county health administrator Doug Toole.

– Statewide, the Illinois Department of Public Health has announced 986 new cases and 42 additional deaths, bringing the total to 6,980 and 14. These numbers will continue to increase “until we are reaching that peak, “warned director of the IDPH, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, citing global trends show that approximately 20% of patients will be hospitalized, 5% will require ICU care and 1 to 3% will die.



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