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Dead Birds Needed by Health Department

The Iroquois County Public Health Department is asking for assistance from the public in the collection of dead birds found in Iroquois County. “Since West Nile virus arrived in Illinois at the end of the summer of 2001, dead birds have been important sentinels for early West Nile virus activity,” said Ryan Wheeler, Director of Environmental Health for the health department. “We are looking for “perching birds” such as crows, blue jays, starlings, robins, cardinals, mockingbirds, catbirds, and grackles. Also, many species of sparrows, owls, hawks, finches, flycatchers, swallows, warblers and wrens will be accepted for testing.” Dead birds will be collected from May 1st to October 15th, 2021. Mr. Wheeler said submitted birds should be believed dead less than 24 hours. Birds should only be submitted if they have not been damaged by scavenging animals and are not decomposed. Birds that have an obvious cause of death such as a gunshot wound or that have been hit by motor vehicles are not eligible for testing. Residents who find dead birds should double bag them in plastic bags (plastic bags that seal are the best) and then take them to the Iroquois County Public Health Department at 1001 East Grant Street in Watseka. For more information regarding collection of dead birds, contact the Iroquois County Public Health Department at (815) 432-2483 or visit the ICPHD website at https://co.iroquois.il.us/offices/health-department .

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ISP District 21 Announces April Activity and Enforcement

 Illinois State Police District 21 Commander, Captain Don Aaron Harsy, announced today activity and enforcement figures for April 2021 Illinois State Police District 21 Troopers issued 606 citations, 659 written warnings, including 26 DUIs, 72 seatbelt citations, and 31 criminal arrests. District 21 Troopers made a total of 735 Traffic stops in April. Troopers also assisted 118 motorists, conducted 91 Motor Carrier Inspections, and investigated 81 traffic crashes. There was one fatal crash investigated by District 21 in April. According to the National Safety Council the major contributing factors to motor-vehicle deaths in the United States are lack of occupant protection, alcohol, speeding, young drivers, distractions, and large trucks. In an effort to reduce fatalities, the Illinois State Police uses enforcement activities and educational programs to fight these major contributing factors. 

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Vaccination Clinic 05/06/2021

WATSEKA, IL – The Iroquois County Public Health Department (ICPHD), in partnership with Iroquois 
Memorial Hospital, will be hosting a walk-in, Johnson and Johnson (1 dose) COVID-19 vaccination clinic for 
Illinois residents age 18 and older May 6, 2021 from 5 PM to 8 PM. 
At this time, there is no cost for the COVID-19 vaccine. Written documentation from the individual’s primary 
care physician will not be required. 
The vaccination clinic will be held at Iroquois Memorial Hospital. Clients will be asked to enter through the main 
entrance located on the north side of the building and are required to bring a valid form of photo ID. Individuals 
who are wheelchair bound or in need of additional assistance may enter through the Emergency Room entrance 
on the south side of the building. If you do not feel well the day of your appointment or are in isolation or 
quarantine, please call ICPHD to reschedule. Patients will need to wear a face covering, practice social distancing, 
and plan to allow at least 15 minutes for observation after the vaccination. Please wear clothing to allow easy 
access to the upper portion of the arm for the injection. 
If you are unable to schedule an appointment for this community-based clinic, please watch for future notification 
of upcoming clinics as more vaccine becomes available. 
As more vaccine is allocated ICPHD will communicate availability, along with when, where, and how to receive 
the vaccine, via traditional and social media outlets as well as on the ICPHD website:
https://co.iroquois.il.us/offices/health-department. 
The Illinois Department of Public Health has compiled a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about 
the COVID-19 vaccination. Information can be found at: http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccine-faq. For 
individual concerns regarding allergies or other medical conditions please consult your own medial provider. 

 

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 5/5/21

As of 05/04/2021 there have been 2,514 confirmed cases and 461 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 4 new cases since our last update. 2 additional individuals have passed away with COVID-19. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by these losses.

 

The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.

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ISP FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH ALERT

WHAT:                      Pedestrian Fatal Traffic Crash

 

WHERE:                   Interstate 57 southbound milepost 323 (near Manteno), Kankakee County

 

WHEN:                      May 3, 2021 at approximately 8:40 p.m.

 

PEDESTRIAN:         Pending Investigation, 56-year-old male of Chicago, IL (Deceased)

 

VEHICLE:                Unit 2- 2021 Dodge Ram pulling a flatbed trailer

 

DRIVER:                   Unit 2- Pending Investigation, 41-year-old male of Blue Island, IL

 

PRELIMINARY:     A preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: The driver of Unit 2 was traveling southbound on Interstate 57 in the right lane, when he came upon a disabled vehicle on the right shoulder.  Unit 2 was unable to move to the left lane due to a truck tractor semi-trailer traveling in the left lane.  Unit 2 struck the pedestrian standing in the right lane.

 

                                    The right lane of Interstate 57 and milepost 323 was shut down for approximately 4.5 hours for the crash investigation.

 

CHARGES:              Pending investigation.

 

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ANNOUNCE RESULTS OF ALCOHOL COUNTERMEASURE ENFORCEMENT PATROLS

 Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 Commander, Captain Don Aaron Harsy, announces the results of Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement (ACE) patrols which were conducted in Kankakee County on April 30, 2021. These ACE patrols allowed the ISP to focus on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to violations associated with impaired driving and illegal transportation or consumption of alcohol or drugs. Violations Enforcement Activity Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Citations 1 Other Alcohol/Drug Citations 6 Occupant Restraint Offenses 0 Registration Offenses 1 Driver’s License Offenses 5 Insurance Violations 2 Total Citations/Arrests 32 Total Written Warnings 18 Alcohol and drug impairment is a factor in more than 30 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois. There is one alcohol-related traffic fatality every 53 minutes in the United States. The ACE program allows officers to work even harder at removing dangerous DUI offenders from the road. This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation. 

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 5/4/21

As of 05/03/2021 there have been 2,510 confirmed cases and 461 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 12 new cases since our last update.

 

The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 4/30/21

As of 04/29/2021 there have been 2,501 confirmed cases and 454 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 12 new cases since our last update.

 

 

The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 4/29/21

As of 04/28/2021 there have been 2,497 confirmed cases and 446 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 8 new cases since our last update.

 

 

The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 4/28/21

As of 04/27/2021 there have been 2,491 confirmed cases and 444 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 1 new case since our last update.

 

 

The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.

 

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 4/27/21

As of 04/26/2021 there have been 2,490 confirmed cases and 444 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 7 new cases since our last update.  

 

The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.

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DRUG TAKE BACK DAY RESULTS

On Saturday, April 24th, 2021, the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (KAMEG), the Pledge for Life Partnership, Riverside Healthcare and local Law Enforcement partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at the Northfield Square Mall.  KAMEG Director Clayt Wolfe reported that the event was an overwhelming success with approximately 1,000 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs turned in for disposal in Kankakee County alone.

 

KAMEG would like to thank area residents for their continued support and for assisting in the event to make our communities safer.

 

KAMEG reminds the public to call KAMEG at (815) 933-1710 or visit www.kameg.org to report non-emergency information about drug dealing and gang problems.  We recognize our partnership with the public is important for quality of life issues for our citizens and children.

 

KAMEG is comprised of personnel from the Bradley, Bourbonnais, and Kankakee Police Departments, as well as the Illinois State Police, the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department, and the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office.

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Iroquois Memorial Hospital Invites Community to Celebrate National Day of Prayer

- Iroquois Memorial Hospital is inviting the community to participate in their celebration of National Day of Prayer. On Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 8:00 am, participants will meet at the IMH Flagpole on the corner of 4th St. and East Fairman Ave. in celebration of National Day of Prayer. The Watseka American Legion Post 23 will be raising the flag to start our ceremony with Rev. John Franklin, Iroquois Memorial Hospice Chaplain Coordinator/Bereavement Co coordinator, along with pastors from Trinity Church, Faith Lutheran Church, Centennial Christian Church, Milford Christian Church, First Christian Church, St. Edmund Catholic Church, First Presbyterian Church and First United Methodist Church, who will be leading prayer time. National Day of prayer was proclaimed a day of prayer for our nation in 1952. This year’s theme is “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” 2 Corinthians 3:17. Masks will be required at this event. For more information regarding Iroquois Memorial Hospital’s celebration of National Day of Prayer, please contact Iroquois Memorial Hospice Chaplain Coordinator/Bereavement Co coordinator, Rev. John Franklin at 815.432.0185. About Iroquois Memorial Hospital Serving more than 50,000 people annually in east-central Illinois and west-central Indiana, Iroquois Memorial Hospital (IMH) is a 25-bed hospital located in Watseka, Illinois. The hospital facility is comprised of clinical and diagnostic services dedicated to providing high quality health care services to the community. These services include, but are not limited to, an Emergency Room, Prompt Care, full service OR suites, an inpatient care unit, therapy services, advanced medical imaging, Home Health, and Hospice Care. The hospital operates rural health clinics in Watseka, IL; Gilman, IL; Milford, IL and Kentland, IN. The hospital also operates a skilled nursing facility, Iroquois Resident Home, which is attached to the hospital property. Visit iroquoismemorial.com, Facebook.com/imhrh, LinkedIn.com/iroquoismemorialhospital, Twitter.com/imh, Instagram.com/imh, Imhblog.info, and Google.com/iroquoismemorialhospital for more information.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 4/26/21

As of 04/23/2021 there have been 2,485 confirmed cases and 442 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 3 new cases since our last update.  

 

The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 4/23/21

As of 04/22/2021 there have been 2,483 confirmed cases and 441 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 4 new cases since our last update.

 

The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.

 

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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ANNOUNCE RESULTS OF OCCUPANT RESTRAINT ENFORCEMENT PATROLS

– Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 Commander, Captain Don Aaron Harsy, announces the results of Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) held in Kankakee, Iroquois, and Ford Counties on April 20, 2021. These OREPs provided extra patrol coverage for the ISP so officers could focus on saving lives by making sure all vehicle occupants were buckled up. Violations Enforcement Activity Safety Belt Citations 19 Child Restraint Citations 1 Total Citations 31 Total Written Warnings 25 Most motorists know safety belts save lives, but some ignore their safety and that of their families by neglecting to use safety belts and child restraint devices. These patrols reinforce the occupant protection message by focusing on those who ignore the law. Lives can be saved if people simply “buckle up!” This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Vaccination Clinic 4/26/2021

WATSEKA, IL – The Iroquois County Public Health Department (ICPHD), in partnership with Iroquois 
Memorial Hospital, will be hosting a community-based, COVID-19 vaccination clinic for qualified individuals. 
We are currently scheduling the following: 
? Pfizer Vaccination Clinic (Illinois residents, age 16 and older) – Monday, April 26, 2021; 7:00 AM – 7:40 AM 
? Moderna Vaccination Clinic (Illinois residents, age 18 and older) – Monday, April 26, 2021; 7:50 AM – 8:40 AM 
To schedule your appointment, visit our website (https://co.iroquois.il.us/offices/health-department) or Facebook 
page for online registration, or call ICPHD at (815) 432-2483 to schedule over the phone. Please note that this 
vaccine is available by appointment only to practice safe social distancing. 
At this time, there is no cost for the COVID-19 vaccine. Written documentation from the individual’s primary 
care physician will not be required. 
The vaccination clinic will be held at Iroquois Memorial Hospital. Clients will be asked to enter through the main 
entrance located on the north side of the building and are required to bring a valid form of photo ID. Individuals 
who are wheelchair bound or in need of additional assistance may enter through the Emergency Room entrance 
on the south side of the building. If you do not feel well the day of your appointment or are in isolation or 
quarantine, please call ICPHD to reschedule. Patients will need to wear a face covering, practice social distancing, 
and plan to allow at least 15 minutes for observation after the vaccination. Please wear clothing to allow easy 
access to the upper portion of the arm for the injection. 
ICPHD is expecting to receive weekly or bi-weekly allocations of the COVID-19 vaccine from the State of 
Illinois. If you are unable to schedule an appointment for this community-based clinic, please watch for future 
notification of upcoming clinics as more vaccine becomes available. 
As more vaccine is allocated ICPHD will communicate availability, along with when, where, and how to receive 
the vaccine, via traditional and social media outlets as well as on the ICPHD website:
https://co.iroquois.il.us/offices/health-department. 
The Illinois Department of Public Health has compiled a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about 
the COVID-19 vaccination. Information can be found at: http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccine-faq. For 
individual concerns regarding allergies or other medical conditions please consult your own medial provider. 

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 4/21/21

As of 04/20/2021 there have been 2,475 confirmed cases and 441 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 2 new cases since our last update.

 

The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.

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Watseka Police News 4/19/21

Police located a domestic dispute in progress in the 700 block of West Walnut at 7:34 p.m. While still on scene an officer recognized Tamie Burnside, 40, Watseka, existing a business and knew her to have an outstanding Iroquois County warrant. The officer made contact with Burnside and placed her into custody for the warrant charging her with theft. She was taken to the Iroquois County Jail.

 

Officers were at a residence in the 600 block of South Fifth at 2:40 p.m. and found a juvenile runaway from Kentucky living at the residence. The juvenile was wanted on a Kentucky warrant. Officers took the juvenile into custody and transported him to the Iroquois County Jail.

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 4/19/21

As of 04/19/2021 there have been 2,473 confirmed cases and 441 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 5 new cases since our last update.

The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 4/17/21

As of 04/16/2021 there have been 2,470 confirmed cases and 439 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 2 new cases since our last update.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 04/16/21. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 4/16/21

As of 04/15/2021 there have been 2,469 confirmed cases and 438 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 7 new cases since our last update.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 04/15/21. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.

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Illinois National Guard Assists with Iroquois County Vaccinations

The Iroquois County Public Health Department (ICPHD), in partnership with the Illinois National Guard, will be conducting a community-based, Moderna (2 dose) COVID-19 vaccination clinic for Illinois residents, aged 18 and older at the Iroquois County Fairgrounds on Monday, April 19, 2021. The second dose will be administered on May 17, 2021 at the same location. To schedule your appointment online please visit https://events.juvare.com/IL-IDPH/7vbvl-16/ , or call ICPHD at (815) 432-2483 to schedule over the phone. Please note that this vaccine is available by appointment only to practice safe social distancing. Individuals who arrive without a previously scheduled appointment will not be eligible to receive the vaccine at that time. The vaccination clinic will be held at the Iroquois County Fairgrounds 4H Building located 1390 E 2000 North Road, Watseka, IL 609670. Individuals are required to bring a valid form of photo ID. If you do not feel well the day of your appointment or are in isolation or quarantine, please call ICPHD to reschedule. Patients will need to wear a face covering, practice social distancing, and plan to allow at least 15 minutes for observation after the vaccination. Please wear clothing to allow easy access to the upper portion of the arm for the injection. At this time, there is no cost for the COVID-19 vaccine. Written documentation from the individual’s primary care physician will not be required. As more vaccine is allocated ICPHD will communicate availability, along with when, where, and how to receive the vaccine, via traditional and social media outlets as well as on the ICPHD website: https://co.iroquois.il.us/offices/health-department. The Illinois Department of Public Health has compiled a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccination. Information can be found at: http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccine-faq. For individual concerns regarding allergies or other medical conditions please consult your own medial provider.  

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A Nevada man was killed Tuesday night in a vehicle/train accident at Woodland.

A Nevada man was killed Tuesday night in a vehicle/train accident at Woodland.

According to Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police reports, Greg Brutlag, 54, Las Vegas, Nevada, was pronounced dead at the scene on 1200 North Road and CSX railroad crossing west of 2120 East Road, rural Woodland. The accident happened at approximately 11:30 p.m.

According to the police reports, the initial investigation has indicated that the black GMC truck driven by Brutlag was westbound on 1200 North and went through the crossarm that was illuminated and across the crossing as a train was on the crossing and headed north.The Brutlag vehicle struck the side of the train and came to rest north of the crossing.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police, Iroquois County coroner, Woodland Fire Department and Riverside EMS were dispatched.

 

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 4/14/21

As of 04/14/2021 there have been 2,462 confirmed cases and 438 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 4 new cases since our last update.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 04/14/21. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.

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