The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Champaign County grew by three Sunday, to 266.

Though the number of hospitalized residents grew by one — to seven — recovered cases continued to outnumber active cases, 146-114.

None of the new cases involve residents of the village of Rantoul, which in recent days saw its number jump to 71 after an outbreak at the hog processing plant Rantoul Foods.

On-site drive-thru COVID-19 testing of 227 Rantoul Foods employees on Friday and Saturday by OSF HealthCare revealed 27 positive cases, SafeWorks Illinois announced Sunday.

Prior to Friday, about 200 employees had been tested off-site, which generated another 52 positive tests, for a total of 79 confirmed cases at Rantoul Foods, whose employees don't all live in the village of Rantoul.

As many as about 200 employees have yet to be tested “and will be encouraged to go to community testing centers," Safeworks said in a statement.

“This widespread on-site testing program was an important first step and has provided a clearer picture about the extent and impact of COVID-19 in the plant employee population and in the community,” Safeworks announced.

“All employees who have tested positive will be contacted by the C-U Public Health District to interview them and contact all of their close contacts. These employees will remain off work until they have met the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for returning to work. Employees must receive written approval to return to work from the C-U PHD.”

Said Dr. David Fletcher, who serves as the plant’s on-site medical director: “Rantoul Foods recognizes that it must remain vigilant and proactive about protecting the health of its employees. COVID-19 is an ongoing and evolving situation facing employers everywhere.”

The plant will continue to operate at partial capacity on Monday, while areas that didn’t undergo additional sanitation procedures in recent days will be sanitized.



The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,656 new cases and 57 deaths statewide on Sunday.

The state totals now stand at 77,741 cases and 3,406 deaths. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have processed 13,653 specimens for a total of 429,984, IDPH announced.

The newly reported fatalities spanned six counties:

— Cook County: 2 males 20s, 2 males 40s, 3 females 50s, 4 males 50s, 5 females 60s, 9 males 60s, 1 unknown 60s, 5 females 70s, 7 males 70s, 4 females 80s, 4 males 80s, 4 females 90s, 1 unknown 90s, 1 male 100-plus.


— Kane County: 1 male 30s.

— Kankakee County: 1 male 60s.

— Peoria County: 1 female 80s.

— St. Clair County: 1 male 90s.

— Winnebago County: 1 female 50s.