COVID-19 Information (Novel Coronavirus)

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please call your doctor or medical facility before heading there.

The Macon County Health Department (MCHD) is working daily with our local health care partners and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) since we first became aware in December 2019 to respond to the constantly evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The MCHD follows the guidance and protocol provided by IDPH. In addition to working with IDPH in this preparedness effort, we are also collaborating with our community partners to be prepared for COVID-19 and other emergencies. As always, know that we are all working very hard to prepare our community. We ask that everyone please assist us. Community residents can take many steps to help prevent the spread of illness, including COVID-19.

The Illinois Department of Public Health, in coordination with the Illinois Poison Control Center, have launched the Illinois COVID-19 Hotline and email address to answer questions Local Health Departments, clinicians, and the general public may have regarding COVID-19.

The hotline and email address were created to provide consistent information, answer questions, share facts about symptoms, and provide up-to-date information from the CDC.
Illinoisans can dial 1-800-889-3931 twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV to get their questions answered.

COVID-19 Recent News:

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.**

As a reminder, 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.

January 7, 2022 – Macon County COVID-19 Update

For more information and community resources visit our Macon County Health Department Facebook!

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

COVID-19 Testing Sites:

Crossing Healthcare
990 N. Water Street
SHIELD PCR testing available. 

Richland Community College
1 College Park (West Wing of Campus)
SHIELD PCR testing available. 

HSHS Medical Group 
5285 E. Maryland Street, Suite A
PCR testing available.

Memorial Express Care 
3131 North Water Street
4455 E. US Route 36 (UPDATE 1/6/2022: This location is NOT offering testing at this time.)

CVS Pharmacy
570 N. Fairview Avenue
2990 N. Monroe Street
1595 E. Cantrell Street

4995 E. US Route 36
420 W. 1st Drive
1331 N. IL Route 48
625 W. Pershing Road
225 E. Ash Avenue

Vero Clinic
1192 E. Pershing Road
PCR testing available.

Harmone Labs
1622 S Taylorville Road
PCR testing available.

School & Day Care Guidance

COVID-19 Data Links:

Additional Resource Links:

Mental Health Resources:


  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Toll-free number at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline – at 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224
  • Disaster Distress Helpline – at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Find Treatment in your area.


  • Macon County Mental Health Board
    • A few resources:
      • – substance use recovery
      • The Trevor Project Lifeline at 866-488-7386 – a 24-hour suicide hotline for LGBTQ
      • Heritage Behavioral Health Center at 217-362-6262 – a 24-hour crisis hotline for behavioral disorders
      • The DCFS Child Abuse Hotline at 800-252-2873

Please Stop the Spread of Germs:

Social Distancing Information:


This COVID-19 information was last updated on January 19, 2022. For the most up-to-date information, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health website (

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