Covenant to become smoke-free next month

URBANA — Provena Covenant Medical Center will become a smoke-free campus Nov. 17.

Covenant currently bans smoking in the main hospital building and within 15 feet of the entrance.

But next month, Covenant will join its sister campus in Danville, United Samaritans Medical Center, and Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana in banning smoking on its entire medical campus.

Prescription drug disposal set for Saturday

TUSCOLA — The Douglas County sheriff's office will participate in another prescription drug disposal.

25th annual Food for Families kicks off Saturday at Memorial Stadium

The Food for Families Drive brings in tons of food and more than $100,000 annually for the hungry, but the first attempt at a Champaign-Urbana food drive didn't go so well.

Carle wants workers to get flu shots

URBANA — Carle employees who come into contact with patients will either have to get a flu shot soon or wear a mask during peak flu season.

Christie Clinic and the Provena hospitals in Urbana and Danville aren't adopting the same requirement, though they do offer their employees flu shots, they said.

More mosquitoes test positive for West Nile in Champaign County

CHAMPAIGN — West Nile virus activity has picked up in Champaign County, public health officials warn.

Mosquito samples tested positive for the virus recently in Champaign, Urbana, Savoy and St. Joseph, according to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

Hospital now evaluation site for AmTrykes

DANVILLE — The Danville chapter of AMBUCS and Provena United Samaritans Medical Center are teaming up to give disabled children and adults a chance to be evaluated for their own AmTryke.

AMBUCS has donated two of the tricycles to the Danville hospital's therapy services department so that it can become an evaluation site for the trikes.

Cats in Savoy test positive for 'rabbit fever'

CHAMPAIGN — Three cats from two households in Savoy have tested positive for tularemia, or "rabbit fever," an infectious disease that has been relatively rare in Illinois.

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District said the cats were diagnosed in July and September at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

Health officials urge precautions on West Nile

URBANA — Health officials say you should take precautions after mosquitoes with West Nile virus were found in Urbana, but "It would be the same precautions that we recommend every year," said Jeff Blackford, program coordinator for the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

Manufacturer of MS drug plans public session

CHAMPAIGN — The drug company that makes a new medication designed to improve walking in people with all forms of multiple sclerosis is holding a patient education session at a Champaign restaurant next week.

Event focuses on family safety

URBANA — Entertainment, food and more than 40 activities focused on family safety will be offered at the upcoming Playing it Safe event sponsored by Carle and Safe Kids Champaign County.

It will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 4 at the Champaign County Fairgrounds