Galena, Illinois
At a Glance
  • State Population: 12,582,032
  • Local Health Departments: 95
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Tornadoes, Flooding, Snowstorms
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations:
    2020 – COVID-19 Pandemic
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2022: $16,606,455
    (does not include $10,207,392 awarded to Chicago)
    FY 2021: $16,541,884
    (does not include $10,070,627 awarded to Chicago)
    FY 2020: $16,052,302
    (does not include $9,651,560 awarded to Chicago)
  • Public Health Crisis Response Funding:
    Mpox 2023 Funding: $418,758
    (does not include $1,057,858 awarded to Chicago)
    Mpox 2022 Funding: $329,468
    (does not include $603,368 awarded to Chicago)
    COVID-19 2021 Funding: $59,356,567
    (does not include $16,756,027 awarded to Chicago)
    COVID-19 2020 Funding: $22,735,458
    (does not include $12,205,759 awarded to Chicago)
PHEP-Funded Staff
  • Epidemiologists: 2
  • Laboratorians: 5
  • Planners: 1
  • Other: 22*
Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Medical Countermeasure Dispensing and Administration
  2. Community Preparedness
  3. Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation
  4. Public Health Laboratory Testing
  5. Information Sharing
Stories from the Field
Illinois Eclipse
Keeping People Safe During the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

In 2017, a solar eclipse captured the interest of the U.S., with millions of people rushing to the so-called “path of totality”, which included parts of southern Illinois. The Illinois Department of Public Health and nearly a dozen county health departments across southern Illinois engaged in several days of emergency operations center activity. They relied heavily on a PHEP-funded web-based emergency management system to coordinate the event. PHEP supported partnerships with several volunteer teams that distributed water to help prevent heat-related illnesses as temperatures topped 90 degrees. As a result, southern Illinois safely accommodated approximately 250,000 visitors during the eclipse.

Illinois Contaminated Water
Responding to a Water Contamination Incident in Illinois

A water main break under a river contaminated water in Cumberland County, Illinois and left some residents without water entirely. In response, PHEP-funded health department staff established a water distribution center and went door-to-door to check on residents. The actions of the health department and the community spirit of the small town prevented any waterborne illnesses.

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