As of January 13th, 2022, Public Health Staff from the IDPH Surge Center will be taking over the state's case investigation and contact tracing efforts. Please understand that Surge Center employees are not our employees.

Text messages will go out to COVID-19 positive individuals with links to important guidance. Through these calls, they hope to ensure that anyone who has COVID-19 has the information necessary to isolate or quarantine safely.

Please do your part: respond to this outreach and follow the recommendations to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.  Please understand that if your employer requires a return to work letter, cooperating with this system will be the only way to receive one.  Mercer County Health Department will not be able to help with this.

As always, Mercer County Health Department is available to offer information to our community as well.  Please call if you need further guidance.  (309)582-3759



Any information you share with public health workers is CONFIDENTIAL. This means that your personal and medical information will be kept private.

Public health staff will NEVER ask for:

  • Money

  • Debit/Credit Card or Bank Account Information

  • Social Security Numbers (SSN)

  • Immigration Status