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ISP Traffic Crash Alert 05/26/2020

WHAT:                      Fatal Traffic Crash

 

WHERE:                    Interstate 74 Westbound @ Milepost 162.5 (Piatt County)          

 

WHEN:                      Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 6:17 a.m.

 

VEHICLE:                2003 Ford Windstar

                                                                       

DRIVER:                   Male, 62, Urbana, IL (Deceased)

 

PRELIMINARY:      Preliminary investigation indicates the Ford was traveling west on I-74 near milepost 162.5 when, for an unknown reason, it drifted off the roadway to the right.  The Ford continued for several hundred yards going through a boundary fence and striking some small trees before coming to a rest in the adjacent field to the north of I-74.  The driver was transported to a local hospital where he was declared deceased.

 

 

 

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update-121 confirmed cases

As of 05/20/2020 Iroquois County has 121 individuals with laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19. The Iroquois
County Public Health Department has not received any additional positive test results for COVID-19 today. Of the 907
test results for COVID-19 received, 786 have been negative and 121 have been positive.
Of the 121 individuals with laboratory confirmed cases, 63 have recovered and have been released from isolation, 6
are hospitalized, 48 remain isolated at home and 4 have passed away. We extend our prayers and deepest
condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by these losses.
Our Communicable Disease nurses are working tirelessly to complete investigations, conduct contact tracing and notify
anyone determined to be at increased risk of exposure. The situation is fluid. Guidance and recommendations regarding
patients under investigation may evolve as more is learned.
No additional details will be provided regarding any of the above Iroquois County residents per compliance with 77 Ill.
Adm. Code 1005. Please visit http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/077/07701005sections.html for further
information regarding the Collection, Disclosure, and Confidentiality of Health Statistics.
For zip code level information on confirmed positive COVID-19 cases please visit the IDPH Virtual map at:
https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid19-statistics
For information on long term care facilities with cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff please visit the IDPH map
at:
https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/long-term-care-facility-outbreaks-covid-19
The Iroquois County Public Health Department is reporting congregate data regarding COVID-19. In an effort to clarify
this data, we would like to provide a brief explanation. A confirmed case is an individual residing in Iroquois County who
has a positive laboratory confirmation of COVID-19. The total confirmed case numbers we report includes all individuals
who have tested positive, regardless of their current status. This number will never decrease. Recovered cases are
individuals who tested positive and after a period of ten days, are afebrile (fever free without fever-reducing medication)
for at least 72 hours and respiratory symptoms have improved. These recovered cases are then released from isolation by
the health department.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and the Iroquois County Public Health Department will provide updated information
and guidance as it becomes available on our Iroquois County Public Health Department Facebook page and website at
http://www.co.iroquois.il.us/covid-19-corona-virus/ 

 

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Restore Illinois: Pritzker announces possible phase 3

Ford County, IL – Governor Pritzker recently announced a plan to safely reopen Illinois. The plan, Restore Illinois, is a
five-phased plan that will reopen the state guided by health metrics. It recognizes the distinct impact COVID-19 has
had on different regions of the state. As our region (Central) moves towards reopening, Ford County Public Health
Department (FCPHD) is seeking to partner with local businesses and organizations to plan, prepare, and respond to
COVID-19. “We are asking that all entities looking to reopen their doors at any point in the future begin making
plans to reopen with the health and safety of employees and the public in mind,” stated FCPHD Administrator, Lana
Sample.
To assist, FCPHD has developed tools and resources to guide reopening plans, including a reopening template that
can be completed and submitted to FCPHD for review. FCPHD also plans to offer a virtual meeting that individuals
can attend to discuss COVID-19 safety strategies and any questions or concerns. By offering a framework to build
safety measures upon, FCPHD’s goal is that entities will feel prepared for when they do reopen.
FCPHD encourages all employers, businesses, houses of worship, and other community organizations that work with
and serve the public to consider partnering with FCPHD to safely reopen. Essential businesses that have remained
open during the COVID-19 pandemic may also participate. FCPHD is open to communication with any local entity
looking for guidance to protect their staff and the public they serve. Ford County entities interested in receiving
information to help develop safety strategies, should call the FCPHD office at (217)379-9281, or email
info@fordcountyphd.org. Please include the title of your business or organization, primary point(s) of contact, email
address, and a telephone number. There is no deadline to submit this information, but FCPHD does encourage
entities to be proactive. Please contact the FCPDH office with any questions.
The reopening template and additional information can be found at: https://fordcountyphd.org/covid19/reopening. A GoToWebinar is scheduled for Thursday, May 21, 2020, at 12:00pm. The link and information on
this webinar can be found at: https://fordcountyphd.org/covid-19/reopening. 

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Newton County Fair still on!

At this time, the Newton County Fair Board is continuing with the 2020 fair preparations.  We are trying hard to make the best decision for our community.  We hope to continue with the events and activities we organize and manage, such as: the Big Bounce Fun House Amusements, Grandstand Events, Free Stage entertainment, Earth Night, Antique Tractor Barn, Pedal Tractor Pull, and Open Shows.
Please remember, that the Newton County Pun’kin Vine Fair works with Purdue Extension Newton County (4-H) to put on the fair.  At this time, Newton County 4H is making a plan for the 2020 fair.  What that will look like is still to be determined.
A fair book will not be mailed out this year due to the uncertainties in the schedule.  Please keep posted to our Facebook page and to our website, www.newtoncountyfair.com for all updated information.

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Section 690.40 Pandemic or Epidemic Respiratory Disease – Emergency Provisions

The Illinois Department of Public Health issued the following emergency rule in the Control of
Communicable Diseases Code (77 Ill. Adm. Code 690), effective May 15, 2020:
Section 690.40 Pandemic or Epidemic Respiratory Disease – Emergency Provisions
EMERGENCY
a) The State Department of Public Health has general supervision of the interests of
the health and lives of the people of the State. As part of that general supervision,
the Department has jurisdiction to address dangerously contagious or infectious
diseases outbreaks to protect the health and lives of the people of the State. The
Department shall take means it considers necessary to restrict and suppress
dangerously contagious or infectious diseases, especially when existing in
epidemic form. (Section 2(a) of the Act)
b) In order to restrict and suppress the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 that causes
the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a dangerously contagious and
infectious respiratory disease in the form of a pandemic or epidemic, which is
spread person to person in respiratory droplets released by a person infected with
the disease, the Department implements the following restrictions and
requirements:
1) Businesses and establishments that serve food or beverages, including, but
not limited to, restaurants, food buffets, self-serve areas, bars, taverns,
pubs, wineries, breweries, or beer gardens, that operate under a permit or
license issued by the State or local health authority, shall not allow indoor
on-site consumption of food or beverages. Service shall be limited to
drive-through, delivery, curb-side, or pick up only. Businesses and
establishments located in airports and hospitals are exempt from the
requirements of this Section.
2) Businesses and establishments that offer indoor fitness, exercise, physical
workout or non-medical wellness services, such as health clubs or centers,
fitness clubs or centers, gyms, tennis clubs, swimming pools, shall not
allow on-site indoor fitness, exercise, workout or non-medical wellness
options to customers, including but not limited to, classes, personal
training, or individual customer use of exercise equipment or facilities.
Service shall be limited to the sale of retail goods via drive-through,
delivery, or pick up only, or the use of exercise equipment or the indoor 
use of facilities for the recording and streaming of online classes and
instructional videos only.
3) Businesses or establishments that offer cosmetology, esthetics, nail
technology, barber, tanning, body art, or similar non-medical personal care
services, treatments, procedures or therapies shall not provide on-site
services. Service shall be limited to the sale of retail goods via drivethrough, delivery, curb-side, or pick up only
c) Any person who violates the provisions of this Section shall be subject to the
penalties set forth in Section 8.1 of the Act.
As the Director of Public Health, I am authorized to institute prosecutions and proceedings for
violation of this rule. I also designate local health departments to institute prosecutions and
proceedings on businesses or establishments that violate this rule. (20 ILCS 2305/8.1) I direct
local health departments to coordinate with Illinois State Police and local law enforcement as
provided by the Department of Public Health Act. (20 ILCS 2305/1.1 et seq.)

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119 Covid cases and now 4 deaths in Iroquois county

As of 05/18/2020 Iroquois County has 119 individuals with laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19. At the time of this press release the Iroquois County Public Health Department has received 861 test results for COVID-19. Of the 861 results, 742 have been negative and 119 have been positive. Here is the information that we can release about our recent cases: ? Case 118: Male in his 60’s ? Case 119: Male in his 50’s Of the 119 individuals with laboratory confirmed cases, 59 have recovered and have been released from isolation, 6 are hospitalized, and 50 remain isolated at home, and 4 have passed away. The Iroquois County Public Health Department is saddened to announce a fourth death of an Iroquois County resident, a male in his 60’s, who was positive for COVID-19. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by this loss. At this time we are not providing any additional details on this individual. We kindly ask that the public respect the privacy of this family during this difficult time. No additional details will be provided regarding any of the above Iroquois County residents per compliance with 77 Ill. Adm. Code 1005. Please visit http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/077/07701005sections.html for further information regarding the Collection, Disclosure, and Confidentiality of Health Statistics. For zip code level information on confirmed positive COVID-19 cases please visit the IDPH Virtual map at: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid19-statistics For information on long term care facilities with cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff please visit the IDPH map at: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/long-term-care-facility-outbreaks-covid-19 The Iroquois County Public Health Department is reporting congregate data regarding COVID-19. In an effort to clarify this data, we would like to provide a brief explanation. A confirmed case is an individual residing in Iroquois County who has a positive laboratory confirmation of COVID-19. The total confirmed case numbers we report includes all individuals who have tested positive, regardless of their current status. This number will never decrease. Recovered cases are individuals who tested positive and after a period of ten days, are afebrile (fever free without fever-reducing medication) for at least 72 hours and respiratory symptoms have improved. These recovered cases are then released from isolation by the health department. This is a rapidly evolving situation and the Iroquois County Public Health Department will provide updated information and guidance as it becomes available on our Iroquois County Public Health Department Facebook page and website at http://www.co.iroquois.il.us/covid-19-corona-virus/  

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Volunteer Services of Iroquols County Receives $20,000 COVID-19 Grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

Volunteer Sen/ices of Iroquols County Receives $20,000 COVID-19
Grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
DATE & GEOGRAPHY - To help ease the increased needs of lllinolsans during the COVID-19 pandemic,
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) has awarded Volunteer Services of Iroquols County a
$20,000 grant as part of BCBSIL's $1.5 million COVID-19 Community Collaboration Fund.
" The not for profit agency is excited to be able to assist iroquols County residents that have been
affected by the Corona Virus that have been unable to work and support themselves and their families.
BCBSIL selected 75 organizations across Illinois with missions focused on access to care, hunger and
shelter to receive $20,000 grants to rapidly help address to the current crisis.
"We know COViD-19 is challenging the resources that allow local organizations to provide a safety net
for people most in need," said Steve Hamman, president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. "While
we continue to help ensure our members have access to the care and coverage they need, these grants
allow us to broaden our impact and make a difference in the lives of so many."
For a full list of grantees go to https://www.bcbsil.com/newsroom/category/community-health/covid19-community-grant-awards
Volunteer Services is committed to serving seniors, disabled, careglvers and grandparents raising grandchildren In iroquols County.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is committed to expanding access to quality, cost-effective health care to as many
people as possible In Illinois. BCBSIL Is dedicated to Innovation and exploring, nurturing and activating future possibilities to
make the health care system work better for our members and our communities.

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Watseka Police Department News 05/13/2020

Watseka Police arrested Tosha V. Clark, 36, Kankakee, in the 100 block of East Walnut at 5:40 p.m. May 3. Clark was charged with DUI and illegal transportation of alcohol. Clark was transported to the Iroquois County Jail.

 

Watseka Police investigated a three-car accident in the 600 block of East Walnut at 7:57 p.m. May 4. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Lindsey N. Oliver, was traveling on Walnut Street when she fell asleep. The Oliver vehicle then drove over a sidewalk and into a parking lot, striking a parked vehicle belonging to Juan Alcantar, Onarga. The Alcantar vehicle was then pushed into a parked vehicle belonging to Marle Lewis, Watseka. Damage was estimated at more than $1,500. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

 

Watseka Police investigated a car versus pedestrian accident in the 1100 block of East Walnut at 1:57 p.m. May 6. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Nadine G. Sippel, 28, Martinton, was backing from a parking space and did not see a person walking behind her. The pedestrian later went to the hospital for minor injuries. No citations were issued and damage was estimated at less than $500.

 

Watseka Police arrested Kimberly D. Smith, 37, Watseka, in the 500 block of East Ash at 6:07 p.m. May 7. Smith was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging her with failure to appear on a charge of bad checks. Smith was taken to the Iroquois County Jail.

Watseka Police investigated a two-vehicle accident in the 800 block of East Walnut at 10:28 a.m. May 9. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Cheyenne T. Malak, 21, Watseka, was turning into a private drive when a vehicle driven by Christopher P. Globke, 31, Markham, struck the Malak vehicle from behind. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued. Damage was estimated at more than $1,500.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update-107 confirmed cases

As of 05/13/2020 Iroquois County has 107 individuals with laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19. At the time of this
press release the Iroquois County Public Health Department has received 728 test results for COVID-19. Of the 728
results, 621 have been negative and 107 have been positive. Here is the information that we can release about our recent
cases:
? Case 102: Female in her 60’s
? Case 103: Female in her 50’s
? Case 104: Female in her 40’s
? Case 105: Male in his 60’s
? Case 106: Female in her 60’s
? Case 107: Female in her 40’s
Of the 107 individuals with laboratory confirmed cases, 33 have recovered and have been released from isolation, 4
are hospitalized, 67 remain isolated at home and 3 have passed away. We extend our prayers and deepest
condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by these losses.
No additional details will be provided regarding any of the above Iroquois County residents per compliance with 77 Ill.
Adm. Code 1005. Please visit http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/077/07701005sections.html for further
information regarding the Collection, Disclosure, and Confidentiality of Health Statistics.
For zip code level information on confirmed positive COVID-19 cases please visit the IDPH Virtual map at:
https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid19-statistics
For information on long term care facilities with cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff please visit the IDPH map
at:
https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/long-term-care-facility-outbreaks-covid-19
The Iroquois County Public Health Department is reporting congregate data regarding COVID-19. In an effort to clarify
this data, we would like to provide a brief explanation. A confirmed case is an individual residing in Iroquois County who
has a positive laboratory confirmation of COVID-19. The total confirmed case numbers we report includes all individuals
who have tested positive, regardless of their current status. This number will never decrease. Recovered cases are
individuals who tested positive and after a period of ten days, are afebrile (fever free without fever-reducing medication)
for at least 72 hours and respiratory symptoms have improved. These recovered cases are then released from isolation by
the health department.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and the Iroquois County Public Health Department will provide updated information
and guidance as it becomes available on our Iroquois County Public Health Department Facebook page and website at
http://www.co.iroquois.il.us/covid-19-corona-virus/ 

 

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update-99 confirmed cases

As of 05/11/2020 Iroquois County has 99 individuals with laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19. At the time of this
press release the Iroquois County Public Health Department has received 661 test results for COVID-19. Of the 661
results, 562 have been negative and 99 have been positive. Here is the information that we can release about our recent
cases:
? Case 94: Female in her 40’s
? Case 95: Female in her 20’s
? Case 96: Female in her 70’s
? Case 97: Female in her 90’s
? Case 98: Male in his 40’s
? Case 99: Female in her 30’s
Of the 99 individuals with laboratory confirmed cases, 29 have recovered and have been released from isolation, 7
are hospitalized, and 60 remain isolated at home.
The Iroquois County Public Health Department is saddened to announce a third death of an Iroquois County
resident, a female in her 80’s, who was positive for COVID-19. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to
the family, friends, and community members affected by this loss. At this time we are not providing any additional
details on this individual. We kindly ask that the public respect the privacy of this family during this difficult time.
No additional details will be provided regarding any of the above Iroquois County residents per compliance with 77 Ill.
Adm. Code 1005. Please visit http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/077/07701005sections.html for further
information regarding the Collection, Disclosure, and Confidentiality of Health Statistics.
For zip code level information on confirmed positive COVID-19 cases please visit the IDPH Virtual map at:
https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid19-statistics
For information on long term care facilities with cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff please visit the IDPH map
at:
https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/long-term-care-facility-outbreaks-covid-19
The Iroquois County Public Health Department is reporting congregate data regarding COVID-19. In an effort to clarify
this data, we would like to provide a brief explanation. A confirmed case is an individual residing in Iroquois County who
has a positive laboratory confirmation of COVID-19. The total confirmed case numbers we report includes all individuals
who have tested positive, regardless of their current status. This number will never decrease. Recovered cases are
individuals who tested positive and after a period of ten days, are afebrile (fever free without fever-reducing medication)
for at least 72 hours and respiratory symptoms have improved. These recovered cases are then released from isolation by
the health department.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and the Iroquois County Public Health Department will provide updated information
and guidance as it becomes available on our Iroquois County Public Health Department Facebook page and website at
http://www.co.iroquois.il.us/covid-19-corona-virus/ 

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Ford County Fair is Postponed

MELVIN, IL–The Ford County Fair scheduled for June 14-20 will be postponed due to
the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, the fair intends to schedule a shortened event later this
summer in August. They will make every effort to hold an exhibition for junior exhibitors who
have worked so hard on their projects this spring.


 This decision came after weeks of monitoring and many discussions with local health
officials.


 Details on concert ticket refunds can be found on the fair’s Facebook page. Updates to
the fair’s plans will also be posted to their Facebook page as they become available. 

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update-93 confirmed cases

As of 05/09/2020 Iroquois County has 93 individuals with laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19. At the time of this
press release the Iroquois County Public Health Department has received 614 test results for COVID-19. Of the 614
results, 521 have been negative and 93 have been positive. Here is the information that we can release about our recent
cases:
? Case 88: Female in her 90’s
? Case 89: Female in her 40’s
? Case 90: Female in her 30’s
? Case 91: Female in her 20’s
? Case 92: Female in her 20’s
? Case 93: Male in his 50’s
Of the 93 individuals with laboratory confirmed cases, 25 have recovered and have been released from isolation, 6
are hospitalized, 60 remain isolated at home and 2 have passed away. We extend our prayers and deepest
condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by these losses.
No additional details will be provided regarding any of the above Iroquois County residents per compliance with 77 Ill.
Adm. Code 1005. Please visit http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/077/07701005sections.html for further
information regarding the Collection, Disclosure, and Confidentiality of Health Statistics.
For zip code level information on confirmed positive COVID-19 cases please visit the IDPH Virtual map at:
https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid19-statistics
For information on long term care facilities with cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff please visit the IDPH map
at:
https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/long-term-care-facility-outbreaks-covid-19
The Iroquois County Public Health Department is reporting congregate data regarding COVID-19. In an effort to clarify
this data, we would like to provide a brief explanation. A confirmed case is an individual residing in Iroquois County who
has a positive laboratory confirmation of COVID-19. The total confirmed case numbers we report includes all individuals
who have tested positive, regardless of their current status. This number will never decrease. Recovered cases are
individuals who tested positive and after a period of ten days, are afebrile (fever free without fever-reducing medication)
for at least 72 hours and respiratory symptoms have improved. These recovered cases are then released from isolation by
the health department.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and the Iroquois County Public Health Department will provide updated information
and guidance as it becomes available on our Iroquois County Public Health Department Facebook page and website at
http://www.co.iroquois.il.us/covid-19-corona-virus/ 

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Ford County Public Health Department Announces 14th COVID-19 Case

Ford County Public Health Department (FCPHD) is announcing one new confirmed case today. The individual is a female in her 50’s.
Ford County now has a total of 14 confirmed cases, including one death. Three of the confirmed cases are associated with
congregate living facilities. These numbers are accurate as of the release time. Public health officials continue to investigate and
contact all individuals who may have had exposure to individuals that tested positive for COVID-19. Federal privacy restrictions
prohibit the release of any further information.
FCPHD continues to encourage all residents to conduct preventive measures, practice social distancing, and follow Governor
Pritzker’s Stay at Home Executive Order, which has been extended through May 30, 2020. COVID-19 appears to spread from personto-person mainly with close contact (less than 6 feet), but may also be spread by a surface that has the virus and then touching one’s
mouth, nose, or possibly one’s eyes. Illinois Department of Public Health states that the spread is through respiratory droplets
produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
FCPHD Accepting Mask Donations
Illinoisans are currently required to wear a face covering or mask in public, and FCPHD wants to ensure community members have
what they need to meet that requirement and stay protected. Therefore, FCPHD is accepting mask and cloth face covering donations
to help distribute to community members in need. Any person in need of a face covering or interested in donating to the cause,
should contact the FCPHD office, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. As a reminder, the FCPHD office is currently closed to
the public, so please call the office before dropping off or picking up supplies. The FCPHD office number is (217) 379-9281.
If donating a cloth face covering the following specifications should be met:
• Be made from several layers of fabric that can still be breathed through
• Be large enough to reach above the nose, below the chin, and completely cover the mouth and nostrils
• Be able to be secured with ear straps or ties for behind the head
• Be able to be washed and dried without damaging the material or shape
Please follow the CDC’s guidance on how to make a face mask:
• Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/preventgetting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
• How to Make Your own Face Covering YouTube video - https://youtu.be/tPx1yqvJgf4
We ask that you visit our website (www.fordcountyphd.org) and follow our Facebook page for additional COVID-19 resources and
updates. For general questions about COVID-19, call the Illinois Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Hotline at 1(800) 889-3931 or send
an email to: DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update-84 confirmed cases

As of 05/07/2020 Iroquois County has 84 individuals with laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19. At the time of this
press release the Iroquois County Public Health Department has received 504 test results for COVID-19. Of the 504
results, 420 have been negative and 84 have been positive. Here is the information that we can release about our recent
cases:
? Case 79: Male under 20
? Case 80: Female in her 60’s
? Case 81: Female under 20
? Case 82: Male in her 40’s
? Case 83: Female in her 50’s
? Case 78: Male in his 30’s
Of the 84 individuals with laboratory confirmed cases, 22 have recovered and have been released from isolation, 6
are hospitalized, 55 remain isolated at home and 1 has passed away. We extend our prayers and deepest
condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by this loss.
No additional details will be provided regarding any of the above Iroquois County residents per compliance with 77 Ill.
Adm. Code 1005. Please visit http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/077/07701005sections.html for further
information regarding the Collection, Disclosure, and Confidentiality of Health Statistics.
For zip code level information on confirmed positive COVID-19 cases please visit the IDPH Virtual map at:
https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid19-statistics
For information on long term care facilities with cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff please visit the IDPH map
at:
https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/long-term-care-facility-outbreaks-covid-19
The Iroquois County Public Health Department is reporting congregate data regarding COVID-19. In an effort to clarify
this data, we would like to provide a brief explanation. A confirmed case is an individual residing in Iroquois County who
has a positive laboratory confirmation of COVID-19. The total confirmed case numbers we report includes all individuals
who have tested positive, regardless of their current status. This number will never decrease. Recovered cases are
individuals who tested positive and after a period of ten days, are afebrile (fever free without fever-reducing medication)
for at least 72 hours and respiratory symptoms have improved. These recovered cases are then released from isolation by
the health department.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and the Iroquois County Public Health Department will provide updated information
and guidance as it becomes available on our Iroquois County Public Health Department Facebook page and website at
http://www.co.iroquois.il.us/covid-19-corona-virus/ 

 

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update-78 confirmed cases

As of 05/06/2020 Iroquois County has 78 individuals with laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19. At the time of this press release the Iroquois County Public Health Department has received 460 test results for COVID-19. Of the 460 results, 382 have been negative and 78 have been positive. Here is the information that we can release about our recent cases: ? Case 52: Female in her 50’s ? Case 53: Male in his 20’s ? Case 54: Female in her 60’s ? Case 55: Male in her 60’s ? Case 56: Male in his 30’s ? Case 57: Male in his 40’s ? Case 58: Female in her 80’s ? Case 59: Female in her 80’s ? Case 60: Female in her 80’s ? Case 61: Female in her 90’s ? Case 62: Female in her 80’s ? Case 63: Female in her 90’s ? Case 64: Male in his 80’s ? Case 65: Female in her 80’s ? Case 66: Female in her 90’s ? Case 67: Female in her 70’s ? Case 68: Male in his 50’s ? Case 69: Female in her 80’s ? Case 70: Female in her 70’s ? Case 71: Female in her 90’s ? Case 72: Female in her 80’s ? Case 73: Female in her 90’s ? Case 74: Female in her 90’s ? Case 75: Female in her 90’s ? Case 76: Female in her 90’s ? Case 77: Female in her 90’s ? Case 78: Female in her 70’s Of the 78 individuals with laboratory confirmed cases, 21 have recovered and have been released from isolation, 6 are hospitalized, 50 remain isolated at home and 1 has passed away. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by this loss. No additional details will be provided regarding any of the above Iroquois County residents per compliance with 77 Ill. Adm. Code 1005. Please visit http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/077/07701005sections.html for further information regarding the Collection, Disclosure, and Confidentiality of Health Statistics. For zip code level information on confirmed positive COVID-19 cases please visit the IDPH Virtual map at: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid19-statistics For information on long term care facilities with cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff please visit the IDPH map at: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/long-term-care-facility-outbreaks-covid-19 The Iroquois County Public Health Department is reporting congregate data regarding COVID-19. In an effort to clarify this data, we would like to provide a brief explanation. A confirmed case is an individual residing in Iroquois County who has a positive laboratory confirmation of COVID-19. The total confirmed case numbers we report includes all individuals who have tested positive, regardless of their current status. This number will never decrease. Recovered cases are individuals who tested positive and after a period of ten days, are afebrile (fever free without fever-reducing medication) for at least 72 hours and respiratory symptoms have improved. These recovered cases are then released from isolation by the health department. This is a rapidly evolving situation and the Iroquois County Public Health Department will provide updated information and guidance as it becomes available on our Iroquois County Public Health Department Facebook page and website at http://www.co.iroquois.il.us/covid-19- corona-virus/ In addition, the Iroquois County Public Health Department will participate in an Iroquois County press conference tomorrow, May 7 th, 2020 at 3 PM in collaboration with other Iroquois County officials. The live press conference will be streamed on the Iroquois County Board YouTube page linked below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9CKCJ2x9-E Due to social distancing practices, in person attendance of this press conference is limited to invitation only. We apologize for the inconvenience.  

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update-51 confirmed cases

As of 05/05/2020 Iroquois County has 51 individuals with laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19. Here is the information that we can release about our recent cases: ? Case 47: Male in his 30’s ? Case 48: Female in her 30’s ? Case 49: Female in her 50’s ? Case 50: Female in her 20’s ? Case 51: Female in her 50’s Of the 51 individuals with laboratory confirmed cases, 20 have recovered and have been released from isolation, 4 are hospitalized, 26 remain isolated at home and 1 has passed away. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by this loss. No additional details will be provided regarding any of the above Iroquois County residents per compliance with 77 Ill. Adm. Code 1005. Please visit http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/077/07701005sections.html for further information regarding the Collection, Disclosure, and Confidentiality of Health Statistics. For zip code level information on confirmed positive COVID-19 cases please visit the IDPH Virtual map at: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid19-statistics For information on long term care facilities with cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff please visit the IDPH map at: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/long-term-care-facility-outbreaks-covid-19 The Iroquois County Public Health Department is reporting congregate data regarding COVID-19. In an effort to clarify this data, we would like to provide a brief explanation. A confirmed case is an individual residing in Iroquois County who has a positive laboratory confirmation of COVID-19. The total confirmed case numbers we report includes all individuals who have tested positive, regardless of their current status. This number will never decrease. Recovered cases are individuals who tested positive and after a minimum of seven days, are afebrile (fever free without fever-reducing medication) for at least 72 hours and respiratory symptoms have improved. These recovered cases are then released from isolation by the health department. Our Communicable Disease nurses are working tirelessly to complete investigations, conduct contact tracing and notify anyone determined to be at increased risk of exposure. The situation is fluid. Guidance and recommendations regarding patients under investigation may evolve as more is learned. Please continue to comply with the Gubernatorial Executive Order to Shelter at Home, as well as practice social distancing and other safety measures to limit COVID-19 exposure. Everyone should consider themselves at risk for exposure to the novel coronavirus. While at home everyone should self-monitor which means to check yourself for fever and remain alert for cough, shortness of breath or sore throat. This is a rapidly evolving situation and the Iroquois County Public Health Department will provide updated information and guidance as it becomes available on our Iroquois County Public Health Department Facebook page and website at http://www.co.iroquois.il.us/covid-19-corona-virus/  

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update-34 confirmed cases

As of 04/30/2020 Iroquois County has 34 individuals with laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19. Here is the information that we can release about our recent cases: ? Case 1: Male in his 50’s ? Case 2: Male in his 40’s ? Case 3: Male in his 20’s ? Case 4: Male in his 30’s ? Case 5: Female in her 60’s ? Case 6: Male in his 70’s ? Case 7: Male in his 40’s ? Case 8: Female in her 40’s ? Case 9: Female in her 40’s ? Case 10: Male in his 60’s ? Case 11: Female in her 30’s ? Case 12: Female in her 20’s ? Case 13: Female in her 40’s ? Case 14: Female in her 50’s ? Case 15: Female in her 30’s ? Case 16: Male in his 20’s ? Case 17: Female in her 60’s ? Case 18: Female in her 20’s ? Case 19: Female in her 50’s ? Case 20: Male in his 60’s ? Case 21: Male in is 40’s ? Case 22: Male in his 30’s ? Case 23: Male in his 30’s ? Case 24: Female in her 50’s ? Case 25: Male in his 50’s ? Case 26: Male in his 30’s ? Case 27: Male under 20 ? Case 28: Female in her 40’s ? Case 29: Female in her 70’s ? Case 30: Male in his 60’s ? Case 31: Female in her 60’s ? Case 32: Male in his 80’s ? Case 33: Male in his 30’s ? Case 34: Female in her 50’s Twelve of the confirmed cases have recovered. These twelve individuals have been released from isolation. No additional details will be provided regarding any of the above Iroquois County residents per compliance with 77 Ill. Adm. Code 1005. Please visit http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/077/07701005sections.html for further information regarding the Collection, Disclosure, and Confidentiality of Health Statistics. The Iroquois County Public Health Department is reporting congregate data regarding COVID-19. In an effort to clarify this data, we would like to provide a brief explanation. A confirmed case is an individual residing in Iroquois County who has a positive laboratory confirmation of COVID-19. The total confirmed case numbers we report includes all individuals who have tested positive, regardless of their current status. This number will never decrease. Recovered cases are individuals who tested positive and after a minimum of seven days, are afebrile (fever free without fever-reducing medication) for at least 72 hours and respiratory symptoms have improved. These recovered cases are then released from isolation by the health department. Our Communicable Disease nurses are working tirelessly to complete investigations, conduct contact tracing and notify anyone determined to be at increased risk of exposure. The situation is fluid. Guidance and recommendations regarding patients under investigation may evolve as more is learned. Please continue to comply with the Gubernatorial Executive Order to Shelter at Home, as well as practice social distancing and other safety measures to limit COVID-19 exposure. Everyone should consider themselves at risk for exposure to the novel coronavirus. While at home everyone should self-monitor which means to check yourself for fever and remain alert for cough, shortness of breath or sore throat. This is a rapidly evolving situation and the Iroquois County Public Health Department will provide updated information and guidance as it becomes available on our Iroquois County Public Health Department Facebook page and website at http://www.co.iroquois.il.us/covid-19-corona-virus/  

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update-29 confirmed cases

As of 04/29/2020 Iroquois County has 29 individuals with laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19. Here is the information that we can release about our recent cases: ?Case 1: Male in his 50’s ?Case 2: Male in his 40’s ?Case 3: Male in his 20’s ?Case 4: Male in his 30’s ?Case 5: Female in her 60’s ?Case 6: Male in his 70’s ?Case 7: Male in his 40’s ?Case 8: Female in her 40’s ?Case 9: Female in her 40’s ?Case 10: Male in his 60’s ?Case 11: Female in her 30’s ?Case 12: Female in her 20’s ?Case 13: Female in her 40’s ?Case 14: Female in her 50’s ?Case 15: Female in her 30’s ?Case 16: Male in his 20’s ?Case 17: Female in her 60’s ?Case 18: Female in her 20’s ?Case 19: Female in her 50’s ?Case 20: Male in his 60’s ?Case 21: Male in is 40’s ?Case 22: Male in his 30’s ?Case 23: Male in his 30’s ?Case 24: Female in her 50’s ?Case 25: Male in his 50’s ?Case 26: Male in his 30’s ?Case 27: Male under 20 ?Case 28: Female in her 40’s ?Case 29: Female in her 70’sTwelve of the confirmed cases have recovered. These twelve individuals have been released from isolation. No additional details will be provided regarding any of the above Iroquois County residents per compliance with 77Ill. Adm. Code 1005. Please visit http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/077/07701005sections.html for further information regarding the Collection, Disclosure, and Confidentiality of Health Statistics. The Iroquois County Public Health Department is reporting congregate data regarding COVID-19. In an effort to clarify this data, we would like to provide a brief explanation. A confirmed case is an individual residing in Iroquois County who has a positive laboratory confirmation of COVID-19.The total confirmed case numbers we report includes all individuals who have tested positive, regardless of their current status. This number will never decrease. Recovered cases are individuals who tested positive and after a minimum of seven days, are afebrile (fever free without fever-reducing medication) for at least 72 hours and respiratory symptoms have improved. These recovered cases are then released from isolation by the health department. Our Communicable Disease nurses are working tirelessly to complete investigations, conduct contact tracing and notify anyone determined to be at increased risk of exposure. The situation is fluid. Guidance and recommendations regarding patients under investigation may evolve as more is learned. Please continue to comply with the Gubernatorial Executive Order to Shelter at Home, as well as practice social distancing and other safety measures to limit COVID-19 exposure. Everyone should consider themselves at risk for exposure to the novel coronavirus. While at home everyone should self-monitor which means to check yourself for fever and remain alert for cough, shortness of breath or sore throat.This is a rapidly evolving situation and the Iroquois County Public Health Department will provide updated information and guidance as it becomes available on our Iroquois County Public Health Department Facebook page and website at http://www.co.iroquois.il.us/covid-19-corona-virus/

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Ford County Public Health Department Announces another Positive COVID-19 Case

Ford County Public Health Department (FCPHD) is announcing onenew caseof coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Theindividualis afemalein her 40’s. Please note, we learned one of the previous reported cases does not reside in Ford County. Therefore, with the announcement of today’s new case, Ford County has a total of nineconfirmed cases. There has been one COVID-19 related death. Two of the confirmed cases are associated with congregate living facilities. These numbers are accurate as of the release time. Public health officials continue to investigate and contact all individuals who may have had exposure to individuals that tested positive for COVID-19. Federal privacy restrictions prohibit the release of any further information. FCPHD continues to encourage all residents to conduct preventive measures, practice social distancing, and follow Governor Pritzker’s Stay at Home Executive Order, which will be extended through May 30, 2020. COVID-19 appears to spread from person-to-person mainly with close contact (less than 6 feet), but may also be spread by a surface that has the virus and then touching one’s mouth, nose, or possibly one’s eyes. Illinois Department of Public Health states that the spread is through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. New COVID-19 SymptomsAccording to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported –ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and have commonly included fever, cough, and shortness of breath.The CDChas now added six symptoms to itslist that indicate someone might have the disease.These six additional symptoms include:1.Chills2.Repeated shaking with chills3.Muscle pain4.Headache5.Sore throat6.New loss of taste or smellPeople with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19 and should contact their health care provider. The CDC adds that the current list of symptoms is not all inclusive, and to consult amedical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.Before seeking medical treatment, it is important individuals state theyhave or think theyhave COVID-19. Peopleshould seek medical attention immediately if they have trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion,inability to arouse,orbluish lips or face.Pleasecontinue to visit our website (www.fordcountyphd.org)and follow our Facebook page for additional COVID-19 resources and updates. For general questions about COVID-19, call the Illinois Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Hotline at 1(800) 889-3931 or send an email to: DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Watseka Police Department News 04/28/2020

Watseka Police arrested Damien T. Powell, 23, Watseka, in the 100 block of West Walnut at 2:41 p.m. April 24. Powell was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with violation of a no contact order. Powell was transported to the Iroquois County Jail.

 

 

Watseka Police arrested Michael A. Crawford, 30, Harvey, in the 1500 block of East Walnut at 11:03 p.m. April 25. Crawford was wanted on a Department of Corrections warrant charging him with violation of parole. Crawford was transported to the Iroquois County Jail.

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20 Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Iroquois County, Eleven Recovered

As of 04/27/2020 Iroquois County has 20 individuals with laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19. Here is the information that we can release about our recent cases:


? Case 1: Male in his 50’s
? Case 2: Male in his 40’s
? Case 3: Male in his 20’s
? Case 4: Male in his 30’s
? Case 5: Female in her 60’s
? Case 6: Male in his 70’s
? Case 7: Male in his 40’s
? Case 8: Female in her 40’s
? Case 9: Female in her 40’s
? Case 10: Male in his 60’s
? Case 11: Female in her 30’s
? Case 12: Female in her 20’s
? Case 13: Female in her 40’s
? Case 14: Female in her 50’s
? Case 15: Female in her 30’s
? Case 16: Male in is 20’s
? Case 17: Female in her 60’s
? Case 18: Female in her 20’s
? Case 19: Female in her 50’s
? Case 20: Male in his 60’s
Eleven of the confirmed cases have recovered. These eleven individuals have been released from isolation.
No additional details will be provided regarding any of the above Iroquois County residents per compliance with 77 Ill. Adm.
Code 1005. Please visit http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/077/07701005sections.html for further information
regarding the Collection, Disclosure, and Confidentiality of Health Statistics.
The Iroquois County Public Health Department is reporting congregate data regarding COVID-19. In an effort to clarify this
data, we would like to provide a brief explanation. A confirmed case is an individual residing in Iroquois County who has a
positive laboratory confirmation of COVID-19. The total confirmed case numbers we report includes all individuals who have
tested positive, regardless of their current status. This number will never decrease. Recovered cases are individuals who tested
positive and after a minimum of seven days, are afebrile (fever free without fever-reducing medication) for at least 72 hours and
respiratory symptoms have improved. These recovered cases are then released from isolation by the health department.
Our Communicable Disease nurses are working tirelessly to complete investigations, conduct contact tracing and notify anyone
determined to be at increased risk of exposure. The situation is fluid. Guidance and recommendations regarding patients under
investigation may evolve as more is learned.
Please continue to comply with the Gubernatorial Executive Order to Shelter at Home, as well as practice social distancing and
other safety measures to limit COVID-19 exposure. Everyone should consider themselves at risk for exposure to the novel
coronavirus. While at home everyone should self-monitor which means to check yourself for fever and remain alert for cough,
shortness of breath or sore throat.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and the Iroquois County Public Health Department will provide updated information and
guidance as it becomes available on our Iroquois County Public Health Department Facebook page and website at
http://www.co.iroquois.il.us/covid-19-corona-virus/ 

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Watseka Police Department News 4/20/2020

Watseka Police arrested Derrick J. Butler, 30, Watseka, at 5:12 p.m. April 19 for domestic battery. He was taken to the Iroquois County Jail.

 

A domestic call in Watseka Sunday led to one person being arrested and another being treated for injuries.

 

According to Watseka Police reports, police were called to the 400 block of North Fifth at 4:50 a.m. April 19.

 

Upon arrival, officers found a male subject had been struck in the head with a baseball bat and was covered in blood.

 

Police called Riverside Ambulance personnel to the scene. Once the victim was attended to, police arrested Bobby J. Moss Jr., 19. Moss was charged with aggravated domestic battery and was taken to the Iroquois County Jail.

 

Moss was before Judge Michael C. Sabol April 20, according to judici.com. Moss was to be released on $3,000 bond and to have no contact with the victim for 72 hours.

 

The case was continued to 9 a.m. May 19 for appearance of counsel.

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Armed Robbery in Sheldon

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated an armed robbery April 13 in Sheldon. According to police reports, Daelin Hoffner-Williams, 20, Jayce Bowen, 19, and a juvenile female were arrested in Sheldon during the early morning hours of April 13.

 

Police reports explain that the three suspects lured an Indiana man to Sheldon. Once he arrived, they held him at gunpoint and took approximately $500 worth of items and cash from the man. He would then leave the scene and contact the sheriff’s office.

 

Hoffner-Williams and Bowen were charged with armed robbery, armed violence, possession of a stolen firearm and theft. They were transported to the Iroquois County Jail, where they remain in lieu of bond.

The juvenile would be charged with armed robbery and detained at a juvenile detainment facility.

 

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update

As of 04/15/2020 Iroquois County has 11 individuals with laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19. Here is the information that we can release about our recent cases: ? Case 1: Male in his 50’s ? Case 2: Male in his 40’s ? Case 3: Male in his 20’s ? Case 4: Male in his 30’s ? Case 5: Female in her 60’s ? Case 6: Male in his 70’s ? Case 7: Male in his 40’s ? Case 8: Female in her 40’s ? Case 9: Female in her 40’s ? Case 10: Male in his 60’s ? Case 11: Female in her 30’s Five of the confirmed cases have recovered. These five individuals have been released from isolation. Our Communicable Disease nurses are working tirelessly to complete investigations, conduct contact tracing and notify anyone determined to be at increased risk of exposure. The situation is fluid. Guidance and recommendations regarding patients under investigation may evolve as more is learned. Please continue to comply with the Gubernatorial Executive Order to Shelter at Home, as well as practice social distancing and other safety measures to limit COVID-19 exposure. Everyone should consider themselves at risk for exposure to the novel coronavirus. While at home everyone should self-monitor which means to check yourself for fever and remain alert for cough, shortness of breath or sore throat. This is a rapidly evolving situation and the Iroquois County Public Health Department will provide updated information and guidance as it becomes available on our Iroquois County Public Health Department Facebook page and website at http://www.co.iroquois.il.us/covid-19-corona-virus/  

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Four Incidents Lead to a Shooting and Mob Charges in Kankakee

An ongoing dispute between two groups boiled over this weekend with a shooting and the arrests of five women on mob action charges.

 

The shooting was the culmination of four incidents that took place Friday and Saturday, Kankakee County Assistant State’s Attorney Erika Hamer said.

 

The first incident occurred around 9 a.m. Friday at Walmart in Bradley. Hamer said a fight between several women occurred in a checkout lane. Though there were no police reports of the fight filed, it was captured on video and posted to Facebook. The 46-second video shows employees and customers trying to break up the fight and at least four women involved in the altercation leaving the store.

 

The second incident occurred at 9:40 a.m. Friday, with Kankakee police responding to a report of shots fired in the 1200 block of East Locust Avenue. At the scene, officers were told that a person got out of an SUV and fired a handgun into the air.

 

A vehicle matching the description was later stopped on North Fifth Avenue but no arrests were made, according to police. The incident remains under investigation.

 

Then, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, police were called to a report of a fight involving some of the same people from the previous two incidents at East Chestnut Street and North Dearborn Avenue.

The final incident occurred at 11:40 a.m. Saturday in the 1500 block of East Court Street in Kankakee. Hamer said Shannon L. Green, 38, of Kankakee, was driving with her mother when she pulled into the parking lot of a business on East Court Street. Green told police that a vehicle pulled up with five women who confronted her, Hamer said. Green told police that she then fired a gun into the air.

 

Hamer said that a 25-year-old woman in the vehicle was shot and windows were shot out of at least one vehicle.

 

Green fled in her vehicle northbound on Interstate 57 and the women in the other vehicle pursued her and called 911, Hamer said. Bradley police stopped Green’s vehicle on the interstate and reportedly found a revolver inside the vehicle, Hamer said.

 

The shooting victim was driven to a local hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to her hand.

Kankakee police arrested Green on felony charges of aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm and reckless discharge of a firearm.

 

On Monday, Kankakee County Judge Kathy Bradshaw Elliott set Green’s bond at $100,000.

 

Kankakee police arrested the five women that were in the other vehicle: Alexia J. Bates, 23, of Kankakee; Kaileen A. Phillips, 19, of Kankakee; Shemice B. Taylor, 19, of Kankakee; Kadijah R. Taylor, 25, of Kankakee; and Cornelia O. Williams, 25, of Indianapolis. They were all charged with misdemeanor mob action, Hamer said.

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