Project Description

The Communicable Disease Division programs play an essential role in protecting the residents of Edgar County. By controlling Infectious Disease (in which most of the work is done behind the scenes) we are improving the overall health and wellness of the community.

The responsibilities within the division consist of management of communicable diseases, tuberculosis screening and testing, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, Hepatitis C and HIV testing, venipuncture, intramuscular or subcutaneous medication administration, adult and childhood immunizations, lice screenings and treatment, and investigating all reportable diseases with the Illinois Department of Public Health. The division is also responsible for conducting health screenings, such as blood pressure checks and drawing lab work to check blood glucose, cholesterol, lipid profiles, and more. Many programs are free or provided at a reasonable rate, allowing access to all. Furthermore, we continue to work with several county offices to prepare and carry out the influenza plans of action each year.

At the Edgar County Public Health Department, we offer free STD, HIV, and Hepatitis C testing for those who are at risk. We also offer free treatment for STDs to any individual, along with partner services. By providing STD testing services, we are given the opportunity to provide patient education and risk reduction, which play a vital role in reducing the spread of STDs. Undiagnosed chlamydial and gonorrheal infections are important preventable causes of infertility. Earlier identification of medical conditions enables individuals to seek appropriate intervention and possibly minimize the severity of the condition.

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  • Animal Bite Investigations

  • Communicable Disease Reporting & Tracking

  • Hep C / HIV / STD Testing

  • Immunizations

  • Lab Draws

  • Lice Education

  • Medication Administration

  • Pregnancy Testing

  • TB Tests

2019  Statistics      

Influenza Vaccine – Adult 252
Influenza Vaccine – Child 65
Hepatitis A Vaccinations – Adult 190
Hepatitis A Confirmed Case Investigations 22
Childhood Immunizations 385
Other Adult Immunizations 51
TB Screenings (Child) 16
TB Tests (Adult) 151
Lab Draws 32
STD Tests (Gonorrhea / Chlamydia) 17
HIV Tests 11
Hepatitis C Tests 12
Pregnancy Tests 12
Animal Bite Investigations 33
Lice Education & Treatments 17

2019 also proved to be a challenging year with the Hepatitis A outbreak. Edgar County was initially the epicenter of the Hepatitis A outbreak for Illinois and our nurses worked tirelessly tracing cases and contacts, educating the community, and administering Hepatitis A vaccinations. We offered free Hepatitis A vaccinations to all inmates of the Edgar County Jail and partnered with 5th Renaissance to offer Hepatitis A vaccinations to the community from their mobile bus.