CUPHD: 1,509 active COVID-19 cases in county

Coronavirus

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) reported 930 new cases of coronavirus Tuesday morning.

Data posted online by CUPHD shows ten people from Champaign County are hospitalized with the virus. An additional case has died since Monday — raising the total number of COVID-deaths to 40.

In a Facebook post Tuesday morning, CUPHD noted there were 1,509 active cases.

“This is uncontrolled transmission,” the post continued. “COVID is PREVENTABLE! Please do YOUR PART to stop this spread.

“You know what to do. PLEASE DO IT!”

In an emailed statement, CUPHD Administrator Julie Pryde said these cases were from the last few days.

“They are coming in so fast that we are reporting them as soon as we get them, and not waiting to contact people,” she said. “We need people to STOP meeting together. 

“Weddings, parties and just people gathering are causing a huge uptick in cases. People are going to be infected without realizing it and then spread it to their families and friends at Thanksgiving.”

Pryde said they expect case numbers to increase — and people must do what they need to do to protect themselves, their families, the community, and our healthcare system.

“If not, we are going to experience a very tragic winter,” she said. “Everyone needs to do their part to make sure we all make it to the end of this pandemic. 

“The end is at least in sight now.  It is no time to let down our guards.”

Of the total reported 9,114 confirmed cases in Champaign County, 7,565 have recovered.

“We all have to work together! Let’s all get through this winter so everyone can be here to celebrate when this pandemic ends,” says CUPHD on Facebook. “It will end!”

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