Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)


Governor JB Pritzker announced new and updated guidelines to help more businesses safely reopen in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan beginning June 26. These guidelines have been developed with engagement from businesses, chambers of commerce, industry associations, and trade representatives from across Illinois.
View the governor’s press release here

Phase 4 business guidance allows for the safe reopening or expansion of several key business segments – such as health and fitness, movies and theater, museums and zoos, as well as indoor dining at restaurants.  Individuals must continue to practice social distancing, maintaining at least a six-foot distance, and wear a face covering in public places or when working.
See an overview of the Phase 4 changes here.

Restore Illinois Mitigation Plan
Illinois Department of Public Health – County Level Risk Metrics
Illinois Regional COVID-19 Resurgence Criteria

Click below for guidelines
Restore Illinois Phase 4


COVID-19The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread person-to-person. The virus was first identified in Wuhan, China.

COVID-19 has spread throughout the world, including the United States, since it was detected and was declared a public health emergency for the U.S. on January 31, 2020 to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to the threat. The World Health Organization announced March 11, 2020 that the spread of coronavirus qualifies as a global pandemic.

In addition, Gov. JB Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation March 9, 2020 regarding COVID-19 that gives the state access to federal and state resources to combat the spread of this newly emerged virus.     View all Governor Pritzker’s Executive Orders and Rules related to COVID-19

The LaSalle County Health Department (LCHD), along with our local healthcare partners, local health departments in the region, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are monitoring the situation and working to protect the public’s health.

What are the Symptoms of COVID-19?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

How does it spread?

Although the virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, it is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).

How is it treated?

There is no specific medicine to treat COVID-19 infection at this time, though studies are underway. People sick with COVID-19 should receive supportive care from a health care professional. Supportive care means care to help relieve symptoms; for example, medicine to bring down fevers, or oxygen if a patient’s oxygen level is low.

How is COVID-19 diagnosed?

Diagnosis occurs through laboratory testing of respiratory specimens and serum (blood). Some coronavirus strains cause the common cold and patients tested by their health care provider may test positive for these types. At this time, the COVID-19 strain can only be detected at a public health laboratory.

Testing for COVID-19 – LaSalle County Health Department

A drive-thru COVID-19 Community Based Testing Site (CBTS) will be held on a weekly basis at the LaSalle County Emergency Management Agency Building (EMA) at 711 E Etna Rd, Ottawa. The site will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and will run by appointment only.

This testing site is open to all regardless of symptoms, no Doctor’s order is required. Health insurance will be billed. Individuals are required to schedule an appointment by calling 815-433-3366 prior to arriving on site. Instructions including wearing a mask, bringing a Photo ID, and directions for how to drive into the site will be provided at that time.

Authorization for Release of Protected Health Information


The State of Illinois is opening its community-based testing sites to anyone to get tested, regardless of symptoms or other criteria.  As we move through the Restore Illinois plan, and into a full reopening of the state, testing will be crucial to identifying new cases and taking immediate action to prevent additional spread.  No appointment, doctor referral, or insurance is needed at state operated drive-thru sites and testing is available at no cost to the individual.

State of Illinois Community-Based Testing Sites.  Open to all regardless of symptoms.

Arlington Racetrack
2000 W Euclid Ave
Arlington Heights
8:00am – 4:00pm
while daily supplies last
Auburn Gresham
Foreman Mills Shopping Center
122 W. 79th Street
8:00am – 4:00pm
while daily supplies last
1650 Premium Outlet Blvd
8:00am – 4:00pm
while daily supplies last
1106 Interstate Drive
9:00am – 5:00pm
while daily supplies last
Market Place Shopping Ctr
2000 N. Neil Street Champaign
8:00am – 4:00pm
while daily supplies last
*East St. Louis
Jackie Joyner Kersee Ctr.
Argonne Drive
East St Louis
8:00am – 4:00pm
while daily supplies last
Harwood Heights
6959 W. Forest Preserve Rd.
9:00am – 3:00pm
while daily supplies last
Peoria Civic Center
Fulton Street Parking Lot
8:00am – 4:00pm
while daily supplies last
1601 Parkview Ave
8:00am – 4:00pm
while daily supplies last
South Holland
South Suburban College
15800 State St
South Holland
8:00am – 4:00pm
while daily supplies last
102 W. Water Street
8:00am – 4:00pm
while daily supplies last

*Walk up testing is available at Bloomington, East St. Louis, and Peoria.
Other public and private sites are not run by the State of Illinois and may have differing testing requirements. The information of these sites is provided for availability and accessibility. A list of public and private testing sites can be found on the IDPH website at

When seeking out a COVID-19 test:

Keep in mind that if you test negative for COVID-19, you are probably not infected at this time. However, testing negative at the time of the test does not ensure that you will not come into contact with the virus and become infected after the test is administered. Additionally, it can take up to 14 days after exposure for illness to occur. If you have been exposed, you might test positive at a later time. Continue to practice all protective measures. As long as the virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading in your community, continue to follow guidance from your health care provider and your state and local health departments.

If you test positive for COVID-19, keep your entire household home. Most cases can be cared for at home. Stay in touch with your doctor and seek medical attention if you develop ANY of the following:

  • Extreme difficulty breathing
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Constant pain or pressure in the chest
  • Severe constant dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Difficult to wake up
  • Slurred speech (new or worsening)
  • New seizures or seizures that won’t stop

This list is not all-inclusive. Consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

For medical emergencies, call 911 and notify the dispatch personnel that you may have COVID-19.

While waiting for results:

If you are ill, stay in touch with your doctor. Keep in mind your symptoms may be due to another condition that requires prompt evaluation and treatment. Stay at home except for medical appointments. Call ahead before visiting your doctor. As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets. If you must be around other people or animals, wear a face cloth over your nose and mouth.

Whether or not you are ill, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and others when possible. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day, which include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Cover coughs and sneezes. Wear a face cloth over your nose and mouth in public settings and where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. These measures should continue to be taken even if a negative result is reported for your COVID-19 test

How can I protect myself and my family?

As with any respiratory virus, you can protect yourself and others by taking everyday common sense actions:

Do I need to wear a mask?

Effective May 1, 2020 Governor Pritzker has indicated through Executive Order that Illinoisans wear face coverings when in public settings to help slow the spread of Covid-19

Any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering (a mask or cloth face-covering) shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance.  Face-coverings are required in public indoor spaces such as stores.

Click here for Face Mask Poster



Travel Considerations?

The CDC indicates that COVID-19 cases and deaths have been reported in all 50 states, and the situation is constantly changing. Because travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.

If you are thinking about traveling away from your local community, ask:

  • Is COVID-19 spreading where you’re going? You can get infected while traveling.
  • Is COVID-19 spreading in your community? Even if you don’t have symptoms, you can spread COVID-19 to others while traveling.
  • Will you or those you are traveling with be within 6 feet of others during or after your trip? 
  • Are you or those you are traveling with more likely to get very ill from COVID-19
  • Do you live with someone who is more likely to get very ill from COVID-19If you get infected while traveling you can spread COVID-19 to loved ones when you return, even if you don’t have symptoms.
  • Does the state or local government where you live or at your destination require you to stay home for 14 days after traveling? Some state and local governments may require people who have recently traveled to stay home for 14 days.
  • If you get sick with COVID-19, will you have to miss work or school? .

Do not travel if you are sick, or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Do not travel with someone who is sick.

If You Travel Protect yourself and others during your trip:

  • Clean your hands often. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, after touching surfaces frequently touched by others, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, and before touching your face or eating. If soap and water are not available, bring and use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with others. Keep 6 feet of physical distance from others.
  • Wear a cloth face covering in public.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Pick up food at drive-throughs, curbside restaurant service, or stores.

Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. It is unknown if one type of travel is safer than others; however, airports, bus stations, train stations, and rest stops are all places travelers can be exposed to the virus in the air and on surfaces. These are also places where it can be hard to social distance (keep 6 feet apart from other people).

Consider the following risks for getting or spreading COVID-19, depending on how you travel:

  • Air travel: Air travel requires spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces. Most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes. However, social distancing is difficult on crowded flights, and you may have to sit near others (within 6 feet), sometimes for hours. This may increase your risk for exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • Bus or train travel: Traveling on buses and trains for any length of time can involve sitting or standing within 6 feet of others.
  • Car travel: Making stops along the way for gas, food, or bathroom breaks can put you and your traveling companions in close contact with other people and surfaces.
  • RV travel: You may have to stop less often for food or bathroom breaks, but RV travel typically means staying at RV parks overnight and getting gas and supplies at other public places. These stops may put you and those with you in the RV in close contact with others.

Anticipate Travel Needs

  • Bring enough of your medicine to last you for the entire trip.
  • Pack enough alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) and keep it within easy to reach.
  • Bring a cloth face covering to wear in public places.
  • Prepare food and water for your trip. Pack non-perishable food in case restaurants and stores are closed.
  • If you are considering cleaning your travel lodgings, see CDC’s guidance on how to clean and disinfect.

State and Local Travel Restrictions

Follow state and local travel restrictions. For up-to-date information and travel guidance, check the state or local health department where you are, along your route, and at your planned destination. While you are traveling, it is possible a state or local government may put into place travel restrictions, such as stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders, mandated quarantines upon arrival, or even state border closures. Plan to keep checking for updates as you travel.

The latest travel updates are available on CDC’s COVID-19 web page for travelers.

Print Resources:

Information for Specific Groups:

The LaSalle County Health Department is working closely with our partner agencies to monitor for and prepare for COVID-19 to ensure the health and safety of our community. This page contains resources for our partners agencies in preparing, coordinating, and responding to the spread of COVID-19.

Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers

Guidance for Healthcare Providers, click here

Guidance for First Responders

Guidance for Law Enforcement

Guidance for Correctional and Detention Facilities

Guidance for Homeless Shelters

Guidance for Funeral Homes

Blood Drive Guidance

Guidance for the Oral Health Community

Guidance for Communities

Guidance for Faith-Based

Guidance for Businesses

Guidance for Preventing Spread of COVID-19 in Hotels

Grocery Store Guidance

Food Service Guidelines for COVID-19

Guidance for Children/Daycare Centers

Guidance for Youth Sports

Guidance for Schools

Guidance for Mental Health and Coping

Guidance for Pets and Animals

Additional Resources


IDPH COVID-19 Hotline and Daily Update Information

The Illinois Department of Public Health has established a COVID-19 hotline and email address to answer questions from the public:

To receive daily updates about COVID-19 from the Illinois Department of Public Health, all Illinoisans with a mobile phone can opt-in.

To opt-in:

      • Text the word COVID to 312-500-3836
      • Para recibir mensajes en español con consejos de prevención, envíe el texto COVID ESP al 312-500-3836
      • You will receive a welcome message from IDPH and a second text letting you know you will receive updates about COVID-19 in Illinois from the code 36363. You will also receive a link to the IDPH Frequently Ask Questions page.
      • You will receive COVID-19 texting twice a day, once in the morning, and once in the evening.

You can opt-out of receiving messages at any time by texting STOP to reply. 


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.

For additional information, go to the IDPH and CDC webpages on 2019 novel coronavirus:

LaSalle County COVID-19 Test Results

Information will be updated daily by 3:30 pm

As of April 8, 2020, the LaSalle County Health Department will no longer be reporting numbers related to “Total Residents Tested”, “Pending Tests” and “Not Tested.” The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) no longer requires authorization for COVID-19 testing at the IDPH Public Health Laboratories. Due to this change the LaSalle County Health Department will no longer have accurate numbers to provide in these categories. The Health Department will continue to provide numbers of confirmed cases, negatives, recovered individuals, and deaths. Testing through commercial labs is not required to be reported to LCHD, however, we will still be notified of any positive cases from IDPH State Lab or commercial labs.

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Contact Tracing
Learn about the Health Department’s efforts to identify and notify people who may have been exposed to COVID-19

COVID-19 Illinois Positive Cases

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State of Illinois Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

LaSalle County Emergency Management Agency

The Illinois Department of Public
is seeking interested
individuals to support local public health authorities to perform COVID-19 contact tracing. If interested, please fill out this form:

If you would like to sign up to help as
LaSalle County Medical Reserve
Corps Volunteer, CLICK HERE When you choose an organization, select the LaSalle
County Medical Reserve Corps.