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Macon County COVID-19 Update

1/13/2022- Due to the centralization of contact tracing to the IDPH Surge Center and the incredible increase in COVID-19 cases, it may not be possible for the IDPH or MCHD to provide letters to all people in isolation or quarantine. Therefore, we encourage businesses to stop requiring a return-to-work letter unless absolutely necessary.

Please refer to the following link for IDPH’s isolation and quarantine guidance and check back regularly in case there are changes or updates:

**As a reminder, the Macon County Health Department is not a testing site, and persons who are in isolation or quarantine should not come to the Macon County Health Department for any reason.**

Starting December 28th, 2021, all positive cases will receive an automated text message that states the following: “IDPH COVID: There is important info for you. Call 312-777-1999 or click: ttps://” Those who are 65 + will get an additional text message if the initial message does not result in a response. If someone has tested positive and they have not received a call or text message, they can call 312-777-1999.

Most positive cases and close contacts will speak with the IDPH Surge Center during the contact tracing process. The MCHD will still be involved in handling some cases plus outbreaks and clusters. The MCHD is still awaiting some details about the logistics of these changes and we will keep the public updated as we learn more.

Click Here to find more information about COVID-19.

For information regarding contact tracing and COVID-19 resource needs, call 217-480-9332.

MCHD Services Update



In response to COVID-19 concerns:


Environmental Health Division will be offering curbside services, Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. 


Family Services will be available by phone from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Services will also offer curbside services from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. You must call 217-423-3764 for curbside services. If there is not an answer, leave a voicemail and a Family Services staff member will return your call as soon as possible. 


Dental treatment is available and ongoing at this time, please call 217-423-9930 with any questions.


Vaccines will be given on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday by appointment only. Lead test will be done on Wednesday afternoon by appointment only. Our immunization clinic and TB testing will not accept walk-ins. Please call for an appointment.

For immunization appointments, please call 217-423-6988 ext. 1324 or 1333. 

For TB tests, please call 217-423-6988 ext. 1122.


Starting Point is currently serving clients by phone, curbside, or in-person. Hours will be 7:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Please call 217-423-6550.


STI Clinic is currently closed. If you are experiencing symptoms, please contact your health care provider.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

Last Updated: 1/6/2021 at 11:00 a.m.