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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 9/18/2020

As of 09/17/20 there have been 340 confirmed cases and 41 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 3 new confirmed cases and 0 new probable cases since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

·         Male under 20

·         Female in her 30’s

·         Female in her 60’s

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for September 17, 2020. 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 9/17/2020

As of 09/16/20 there have been 337 confirmed cases and 41 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 2 new confirmed cases and 0 new probable cases since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

·         Male in his 30’s

·         Male under 20

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for September 16, 2020. 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 9/16/2020

 there have been 335 confirmed cases and 41 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 4 new confirmed cases and 0 new probable cases since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

·         Female in her 30’s

·         Male in his 40’s

·         Female in her 30’s

·         Male in his 60’s

 

 

“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 9/16/2020

Watseka Police arrested Jake E. Baumgartner, 29, Gilman, in the 1200 block of East Walnut at 1:51 p.m. Sept. 14. Baumgartner was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear of a charge of possession of a hypodermic needle. Baumgartner was also charged with possession of a hypodermic needle, which police located once Baumgartner was in custody. Baumgartner was taken to the Iroquois County Jail.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 9/15/2020

As of 09/14/20 there have been 331 confirmed cases and 41 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 3 new confirmed cases and 0 new probable cases since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

·         Male in his 30’s

·         Male in his 60’s

·         Female under 20

 

 

“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 Department News 9/15/2020

Arrests: Watseka Police arrested Nicholas Spring, 26, Watseka, at 11:25 a.m. Sept. 9 in the area of Victory and Walnut. He was charged with theft over $500, resisting police and was found to have an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear on a driven while revoked charge. He was taken to the Iroquois County Jail.

 

Watseka Police arrested Destiny Flatt, 26, Watseka, at 9:11 p.m. Sept. 12 in the 1500 block of East Walnut. She was found to be wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant and was taken to the Iroquois County Jail.

 

Accidents: Watseka Police investigated an accident at 1400 E. Walnut at 10 a.m. Sept. 10. According to police reports, Amanda Summers, 36, Wellington, was operating a 1996 Toyota truck and pulled into the parking lot, striking the side of the building. Damage was estimated at less than $1,500 and no citations or injuries were reported.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 9/12/2020

As of 09/11/20 there have been 328 confirmed cases and 41 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 2 new confirmed cases and 0 new probable cases since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

·         Male in his 50’s

·         Male in his 20’s

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for September 11, 2020. 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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First Human Case of West Nile Virus in Illinois in 2020

First Human Case of West Nile Virus in Illinois for 2020
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the first
confirmed human case of West Nile virus in Illinois for 2020. A DuPage County resident in her
40s became ill in mid-August.
“While we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, we must also remember to take steps to
protect our health from other illnesses,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “In an effort to
decrease our risk of contracting COVID-19 from indoor settings, many of us are spending more
time outdoors while still socially distancing. As we enjoy the outdoors, we need to protect
ourselves from other viruses carried by mosquitoes by wearing insect repellent and getting rid of
standing water around our homes.”
Last year, 46 counties in Illinois reported a West Nile virus positive mosquito batch, bird, horse,
and/or human case. For the 2019 season, IDPH reported 28 human cases (although human cases
are underreported), including one death.
West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a Culex pipiens mosquito, commonly called a
house mosquito, which has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Common
symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. Symptoms may last from a few
days to a few weeks. However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not
show any symptoms. In rare cases, severe illness including meningitis, or even death, can occur.
People older than 60 and individuals with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for
severe illness from West Nile virus.
Precautions to Fight the Bite include practicing the three “R’s” – reduce, repel, and report.
REDUCE - make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace
screens that have tears or other openings. Try to keep doors and windows shut.
o Eliminate, or refresh each week, all sources of standing water where mosquitoes
can breed, including water in bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, old
tires, and any other containers.
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REPEL - when outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and
apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535
according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.
REPORT – report locations where you see water sitting stagnant for more than a week
such as roadside ditches, flooded yards, and similar locations that may produce
mosquitoes. The local health department or city government may be able to add larvicide
to the water, which will kill any mosquito larvae.
Monitoring for West Nile virus in Illinois includes laboratory tests for mosquito batches, dead
crows, blue jays, robins and other perching birds, as well as testing humans with West Nile
virus-like symptoms. People who observe a sick or dying crow, blue jay, robin or other perching
bird should contact their local health department, who will determine if the bird will be picked
up for testing.
Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the IDPH website

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 9/11/2020

On September 4th, 2020, Anthony W. Morris, age 32, of Onarga turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail to begin a 3-year sentence for domestic battery. Morris remains at the Iroquois County Jail awaiting transfer to the Illinois Dept. of Corrections.

 

On September 7th , 2020 Sheldon Police arrested Tyler Bruens, age 25, of Watseka. According to police reports, Bruens was charged with driving while license revoked and fleeing and eluding a police officer, In addition, Bruens was found to be wanted on outstanding Iroquois and Vermilion County warrants. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

 
   



On September 8th , 2020, Milford Police arrested Toni J. White, age 35, of Bourbonnais. According to police reports, White was wanted on an outstanding Will County warrant charging her with forgery. She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released.

 

On September 8th, 2020, Milford Police arrested Jose D, Melendez Cruz, age 38, Of Momence.

According to police reports, Cruz was charged with possession of methamphetamine less than 5 grams. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

On September 9th , 2020, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested Pamela R. Lowe, age 35, of Watseka. According to police reports, Lowe was charged with possession of methamphetamine less than 5 grams. She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 9/11/2020

As of 09/10/20 there have been 326 confirmed cases and 41 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 3 new confirmed cases and 0 new probable cases since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

·         Female in her 50’s

·         Male under 20

·         Male in his 30’s

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for September 10, 2020. 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 9/10/2020

As of 09/09/20 there have been 323 confirmed cases and 41 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 4 new confirmed cases and 1 new probable case since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these cases:

Confirmed Cases:

·         Female in her 30's

·         Female under 10

·         Male in his 20's

·         Male under 20

 

Probable Cases:

·         Female in her 40's

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for September 9, 2020. 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 9/9/2020

As of 09/08/20 there have been 319 confirmed cases and 40 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 4 new confirmed cases and 1 new probable case since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

·         Male in his 50’s

·         Female in her 40’s

·         Female in her 30’s

·         Female in her 20’s

Probable Cases:

·         Female under 20

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for September 8, 2020. 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

As of 09/03/20 there have been 311 confirmed cases and 39 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 3 new confirmed cases and 2 new probable cases since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

·         Male in his 20’s

·         Male in his 30’s

·         Male in his 60’s
 

Probable Cases:

·         Female under 20

·         Female in her 40’s

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for September 3, 2020. 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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ISP Reports Single Vehicle Fatal Car Crash in Ford County

ISP TRAFFIC CRASH ALERT

 

The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police

District 21

 

 

WHAT:                      Single Vehicle Fatal Traffic Crash

 

WHERE:                   Illinois Route 115 at 1250 N (Ford County)

 

WHEN:                      Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 6:05 p.m.

 

VEHICLE:                Unit 1:  2001 Chevrolet S-10                        

                                                                       

DRIVER:                   Unit 1:  Dustin J. Graf, 30-year-old male of Watseka, IL (Deceased)

                                   

PRELIMINARY:      Preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: Unit 1 was traveling southbound on Illinois Route 115 approaching 1250 N. Unit 1 entered the northbound lane, the driver over corrected back into the southbound lane. This caused the vehicle to roll on the roadway. Unit 1 then left the roadway to the east, continuing to roll. Unit 1 came to rest in a cornfield. The driver was ejected and pronounced deceased on scene by the Ford county coroner.  

 

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update

As of 09/02/20 there have been 308 confirmed cases and 37 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 3 new confirmed cases and 7 new probable case since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

·         Male in his 60’s

·         Female under 20

·         Female in her 50’s


Probable Cases:

·         Female in her 40’s

·         Female in her 30’s

·         Male under 20

·         Male in his 30’s

·         Male in his 40’s

·         Female in her 40’s

·         Male under 20

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for September 2, 2020. 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 Sheriff's Police 9/1/2020

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested Lenell Phillips 32 of Milford. Phillips was charged with Domestic Battery. Phillips was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond. 

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update

As of 08/31/2020 there have been 305 confirmed cases and 31 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 12 new confirmed cases and 4 new probable case since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

·         Female in her 30’s

·         Male under 20

·         Female in her 40’s

·         Female in her 60’s

·         Female in her 70’s

·         Male in his 40’s

·         Male in his 40’s

·         Male in his 20’s

·         Female in her 20’s

·         Female under 20

·         Male under 20

·         Female under 20


Probable Cases:

·         Male under 10

·         Female in her 30’s

·         Male under 10

·         Female in her 40’s

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for August 31, 2020. 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

As of 08/28/2020 there have been 293 confirmed cases and 28 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 5 new confirmed cases and 1 new probable case since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

 

Confirmed Case 289: Male under 20

Confirmed Case 290: Female in her 50’s

Confirmed Case 291: Female in her 60’s

Confirmed Case 292: Male in his 60’s

Confirmed Case 293: Male in his 20’s

 

Probable Case 28: Female under 10

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for August 28, 2020. 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 STATE POLICE CONDUCT A DOUBLE DEATH INVESTIGATION INTO TWO IROQUOIS COUNTY JAIL INMATES DEATH

Watseka, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), Zone 3 is investigating two incidents at the Iroquois County Jail -- one involving the death of an inmate and another that resulted in an inmate being hospitalized in critical condition.

 

Preliminary information indicates the first inmate, Jason P. Fancher a 47-year-old male of
Milford, IL
, was found unresponsive by Iroquois County Sheriff’s Deputies on August 25, 2020 at approximately 7:11 p.m. at the Iroquois County Jail. The inmate was transported to a local area hospital in critical condition.   Fancher was pronounce deceased on August 27, 2020.  An autopsy for Fancher is scheduled on August 28, 2020, at 9:00 a.m.

 

A second inmate, Andre J. Maiden a 24-year-old male of Hoopeston, IL, was found unresponsive by Iroquois County Deputies on August 26, 2020 at approximately 11:15 a.m. Maiden was later pronounced deceased. The Kankakee County Coroner scheduled an autopsy for Maiden on August 28, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. On August 26, 2020, the ISP DCI, Zone 3 was requested by the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the death of an Iroquois County Jail inmate and the circumstances surrounding the hospitalization of another inmate.

 

These incidents are currently being investigated, and no further information is currently available.

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May C. Anthonsen, 87, of Gilman, IL

May C. Anthonsen, 87, of Gilman, IL passeed away on Wednesday, August 26th at Norridge Gardens in Norridge, IL.

 

Cremation rites will be accorded by the Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga.

 

Knapp Funeral home will be conducting services. 

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UPDATE: ILLINOIS STATE POLICE CONDUCT DEATH INVESTIGATION INTO IROQUOIS COUNTY JAIL INMATES INJURY AND DEATH

 

Watseka, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), Zone 3 is investigating two incidents at the Iroquois County Jail -- one involving the death of an inmate and another that resulted in an inmate being hospitalized in critical condition.

 

Preliminary information indicates the first inmate was found unresponsive by Iroquois County Sheriff’s Deputies on August 25, 2020 at approximately 7:11 p.m. at the Iroquois County Jail. The inmate was transported to a local area hospital where the inmate remains in critical condition.  

 

A second inmate, Andre J. Maiden a 24-year-old male of Hoopeston, IL, was found unresponsive by Iroquois County Deputies on August 26, 2020 at approximately 11:15 a.m. Maiden was later pronounced deceased. The Kankakee County Coroner scheduled an autopsy for Maiden on August 28, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. On August 26, 2020, the ISP DCI, Zone 3 was requested by the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the death of an Iroquois County Jail inmate and the circumstances surrounding the hospitalization of another inmate.

 

These incidents are currently being investigated, and no further information is currently available.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update

As of 08/27/2020 there have been 288 confirmed cases and 27 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 3 new confirmed cases and 1 new probable case since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Case 286: Male in his 20’s
Confirmed Case 287: Male in his 60’s
Confirmed Case 288: Female under 10


Probable Case 27: Male in his 40’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for August 27, 2020. 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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Single Vehicle Fatal Traffic Crash in Iroquois County

WHAT:                      Single Vehicle Fatal Traffic Crash

 

WHERE:                   Interstate 57 Northbound at Milepost 283.5 Iroquois County (Gilman)

 

WHEN:                      Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 12:22 p.m.

 

VEHICLE:                Unit 1:  2008 Ford Focus                               

                                                                       

DRIVER:                   Unit 1:  Frank W. Horn 70-year-old male of Burbank (Deceased)

 

PASSENGER:           Unit 1:  Joyce Dahl 79-year-old female of Oak Lawn (Transported to a local area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries)                        

                                   

PRELIMINARY:      Preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: Unit 1 was traveling northbound on I-57 near mile post 283 (Gilman) in the right lane. Unit 1 left the roadway to the right, struck a fence and a tree before coming to rest. The driver of Unit 1 was pronounced deceased on scene by the Iroquois County Coroner.  The front seat passenger of Unit 1 was transported to local area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

 

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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE CONDUCT DEATH INVESTIGATION INTO IROQUOIS COUNTY JAIL INMATES INJURY AND DEATH

Watseka, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), Zone 3 is investigating two incidents at the Iroquois County Jail -- one involving the death of an inmate and another that resulted in an inmate being hospitalized in critical condition.

 

Preliminary information indicates the first inmate was found unresponsive by Iroquois County Sheriff’s Deputies on August 25, 2020 at approximately 7:11 p.m. at the Iroquois County Jail. The inmate was transported to a local area hospital where the inmate remains in critical condition.  

 

A second inmate was found unresponsive by Iroquois County Deputies on August 26, 2020 at approximately 11:15 a.m. He was later pronounced deceased. The autopsy has not yet been scheduled. On August 26, 2020, the ISP DCI, Zone 3 was requested by the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the death of an Iroquois County Jail inmate and the circumstances surrounding the hospitalization of another inmate.

 

These incidents are currently being investigated, and no further information is currently available.

 

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update

As of 08/26/2020 there have been 285 confirmed cases and 26 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been 1 new confirmed case and 2 new probable cases since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

 

Confirmed Case 285: Male in his 60’s

 

Probable Case 25: Female under 20

Probable Case 26: Female in her 50’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for August 26, 2020. 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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