St. Clair County to be one of the program’s pilot sites
Angela Simmons, Weekly Editor
Governor JB Pritzker announced the Illinois Contact Tracing Collaborative, a locally-driven approach to scale up contact tracing in Illinois.
“With Illinois’ daily availability of testing among the best in the nation, we want to grow our voluntary contact tracing so we can further control and reduce the rate of spread of COVID-19 and stop outbreaks in their tracks,” said Pritzker.“Knowing if you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19 gives everyday Illinoisans the ability to keep their families and co-workers and friends safe by helping them seek testing or self-isolate, and it helps us build a public health system that truly supports them if their exposure leads to actual infection.”
The state is immediately engaging two local health departments to pilot this initiative: St. Clair County in the Metro East region and Lake County in the Northeast region. These local health departments were chosen for having significant needs in terms of case numbers in vulnerable populations, a robust capacity for tracing, and great existing collaborations of public health personnel, medical students and volunteers already on the ground.
Additionally, IDPH sent assessments to the state’s 97 local health departments with half already sending back their initial assessments regarding their ability to expand and deploy their contact tracing capabilities. Beginning today, IDPH will be sending out asks for workplans and budgets from all of these departments – allowing Illinois to incorporate their plans into the state’s overall plans and bringing them online in the coming weeks.
In every region and across the state, the curriculum, software, and technology will be IDPH-driven, and IDPH will support the funding for new hires at local health departments where needed through federal CARES money and Disaster Relief Act funding.
This will be a tech-based approach that will innovate and scale up existing systems. Illinois will be implementing a state-of-the-art project management and comprehension tool, to collect and hold all raw information relating to contact tracing for COVID-19 and providing forward-facing relationship management software for deployment throughout the state. This personal contact management software will allow all local health departments to work on one platform, and allow IDPH to operate with an aggregated, real-time sense of where COVID-19 is in Illinois.
IDPH has also brought on Partners in Health -a world-renowned organization for building strong community-based health systems. Partners in Health is behind what has become known as the “Massachusetts model” for what scaling up a contact tracing operation looks like. As one of the group’s earliest out-of-state collaborations, Illinois has learned what worked, what didn’t, and what challenges they continue to face as they design a community-based program in Massachusetts. Partners in Health will continue to advise IDPH on the state’s program design and how best to tailor it to all of Illinois’ communities.
All hires will be made locally, not through IDPH, and salaries will be determined by local health departments in accordance with salary rates in the region. Those interested in becoming a contact tracer can indicate their interest through IDPH, which will deliver names and resumes to local health departments. That interest form can be found on the IDPH website at dph.illinois.gov/COVID19.
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 2,294 new
cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 59
IDPH is reporting a total of 96,485 cases, including 4,234 deaths, in
100 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than
one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories
have reported 21,297 specimens for a total of 603,241. The statewide
7-day rolling positivity rate, May 9-15, 2020 is 14 percent.
Clair County Numbers
have been 4,903
which includes 17
have been negative
Clair County Health
Department Emergency Coordinator Samantha Bierman said that she could
not get into specifics, but that the child under ten was in fact an
infant under one year old. Over the weekend, the health department
also reported on a 16 month old child that had recently tested
positive for the virus.
virus doesn’t only effect older adults like we originally thought,
and we’re certainly seeing evidence of that locally,” said St.
Clair County Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Herb
addition to the two most recent children, the county has reported
other cases in children in their teens and children under the age of
county is reporting
69 Deaths with
the most recent being a male in his 80s
with unknown health
14 day quarantine.
related patients with
2 patients on ventilators in
St. Clair County hospitals.
Clair County Congregate Living Facilities in Outbreak Status
of Belleville – 23 cases and 2 deaths / BRIA of Cahokia – 8 cases
and 0 deaths / Caritas Family Solutions (Belleville) – 7 cases and
0 deaths / Colonnade – 3 cases and 0 deaths / Four Fountains –
105 cases and 17 deaths / Help at Home (O’Fallon) – 5 cases and 0
deaths / Knollwood Retirement Center (Caseyville) – 6 cases and 0
deaths / Lebanon Care Center – 51 cases and 9 deaths / Memorial
Care Center – 43 cases and 5 deaths / St. Paul’s Home – 10
cases and 3 deaths / Swansea Rehab and Care Center – 4 cases and 0
deaths / TDL Incorporated (Belleville) – 4 cases and 0 deaths
setting cases account for just over 30 percent of the county’s
total, and the deaths are 52 percent of the county’s total deaths.
Test sites in and around St. Clair County:
Healthcare/Memorial Drive-Thru Test Site
North Illinois Lane ~Swansea, IL 62226
location of Siteman Cancer Center)
before you present there (618) 607-1259
Express (Collinsville site only)
before you present there (618) 344-7882
Testing COVID-19 Testing Sites
prior to going to these sites: 618-646-2596 for all locations: Monday
– Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
East St. Louis Test Collection
North 8th Street (enter from 9th Street)
hours: Monday – Friday, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Belleville Test Collection
West Main Street
hours: Monday – Friday, 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Granite City Test Collection
hours: Monday – Friday, 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Wood River Test Collection
Old St. Louis Road (former emissions testing site)