First COVID-19 Death Reported in City of Champaign

The City of Champaign has learned of the first death to a Champaign resident associated with COVID-19.

“Today, our community received the tragic news one of our own has succumbed to the novel coronavirus, and my deepest condolences are extended to the friends, family and loved ones of this individual,” said Champaign Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen. “This is a somber reminder of the seriousness of this virus, and the responsibility each of us carries to help reduce exposure and to keep Champaign safe. As we continue to address this public health emergency, I encourage all residents to join me in keeping anyone who has been, or will be, impacted by this virus in our thoughts of peace, comfort, and courage.”

The City continues to engage in a coordinated response to the COVID-19 outbreak with our local government and private partners through the Champaign County Emergency Operations Center. Residents are encouraged to visit for the latest information about the City’s response and any temporary adjustments to City services.

The death is the second reported in Champaign County. All citizens are urged to continue following guidance put forth by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and adhere to all the Governor’s Executive Orders, including the stay-at-home mandate.

We thank our community for its patience, understanding, and cooperation as we work through these challenging times together and plan for our future when brighter days return.

Media Contact: Kris Koester | 217-403-8700