Updated: August 24, 2020 -  10:45 a.m. CST


Per Clery Act and Department of Education requirements, the following Millikin University communication was shared with members of the Millikin campus community providing notification of a confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus.

To all members of the Millikin campus community,

On Sunday, August 23, Millikin University learned that an individual living on campus has tested positive for COVID-19. This case was due to an off-campus work-related exposure, and the individual is currently isolating off-campus at their home. Privacy rights prevent Millikin from providing more specific information. The Macon County Health Department (MCHD) and Millikin University staff, in a supplemental contact-tracing process, have completed tracing the activities of the individual prior to isolation and have contacted any students, employees or community members who may have been in close proximity to the individual. Those individuals have been asked to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health agencies. These guidelines include self-quarantining, monitoring their health for the next 14 days and seeking medical attention should symptoms develop. Students who are subject to quarantine will receive remote learning accommodations and should not attend face-to-face classes.

This case was discovered as a result of Millikin’s testing partnership with CVS Health, along with the testing criteria created to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 cases on campus. As a reminder, Millikin has implemented a “soft quarantine” for residential students on campus for the first two weeks of the term in order to limit the potential spread of COVID-19. All members of the Millikin community are urged to vigilantly follow social distancing policies, wash hands frequently and wear a mask or face covering at all times when around others. Residential students are especially reminded to wear their face coverings in common areas of their residential facilities such as kitchens, living rooms of apartments, laundry rooms and hallways. Millikin University will continue to observe guidelines consistent with the local orders and ordinances of the City of Decatur and Macon County, as well as recommendations from Restore Illinois, the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

Anyone who feels sick should stay home and seek medical advice. Students are encouraged to contact the on-campus Millikin-Memorial Health Clinic at 217.424.6360 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Outside of these hours, please call Millikin University Public Safety at 217.464.8888.

Individuals without a primary care physician can call one of the following:

  • Memorial Medical Group: 217.876.2856
  • HSHS Medical Group Patient Advocate: 844.520.8897
  • Crossing Healthcare: 217.877.9117
  • SIU School of Medicine: 217.872.3800

For COVID-19 screening, please call one of the following:

  • Crossing Healthcare: 217.877.9117
  • HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital 24/7 COVID-19 Hotline: 217.464.2966

At Millikin University, we believe it is the shared responsibility of each member of the campus community to maintain health and safety guidelines to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 and other illnesses. In working together to carry out these practices, we all play a role in nurturing the health and well-being of our entire Millikin community.

For continued updates, including answers to frequently asked questions, visit millikin.edu/covid19.