Here you’ll find information related to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), including facts, resources, and other related information.

The following healthcare providers are providing COVID-19 Screening Hotlines for those experiencing related symptoms like fever or cough, or have concerns about possible exposure:

SIH: 844-988-7800 (24/7)

Heartland Regional: 888-543-2786 (8am-9pm)

Franklin Hospital: 618-435-9700

Massac Memorial Hospital: 618-638-1344 (7am-7pm)

Ferrell Hospital: 618-273-2275 (8am-5pm M-Sat, 1pm-5pm Sun) 


St. Francis Medical Center (Cape Girardeau): 1-573-331-4200 (7am-5pm)

Baptist Health (Paducah): 1-888-227-8478 (24 hour line)

For general questions regarding COVID-19 and Illinois’ response and guidance you can visit the IDPH website here, or call 1-800-889-3931.  You can also reach the IDPH via email at


The Southern Seven Health Department is updating their website daily with information on COVID-19 and how to handle the pandemic here locally.

To see a world map of confirmed Coronavirus cases/recoveries (updated often), click here.

Governor J.B. Pritzker is providing a daily press briefing regarding the fight against the coronavirus here in Illinois, which you can find here.

Things you can do to help: 

The City of Carbondale has teamed up with the St. Louis Area Foodbank to host a Virtual Food Drive in response to COVID-19. The online food drive allows participants to shop for food pantries’ most needed items such as canned goods, beef stew, and macaroni and cheese. The virtual drive also allows for cash donations. The St. Louis Area Foodbank provides food to two pantries in Carbondale; the Good Samaritan House and the Victory Dream Center. To donate to our virtual drive, follow this link.

The Red Cross is experiencing a shortage of blood. You can schedule a donation through their website,

For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email

CDC recommended tips to protect yourself/prevent spread of the virus:

  • Wash hands often
  • Avoid close contact
  • Stay at home if you’re sick or showing any symptoms
  • Cover coughs or sneezes
  • Wear a facemask when in public
  • Clean and disinfect often