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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police

On September 23rd, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested Joshua Schnaiter, age 33, of Peoria. According to police reports, Schnaiter was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with aiding and abetting the possession and selling of a stolen motor vehicle. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

 

On September 24th , 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Izabelle R. Daniels, age 19, of

Watseka. According to police reports, Daniels was wanted on an outstanding Vermilion County warrant. Daniels was aware of her warrant and turned herself in to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released.

 

On September 24th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Adam D. Martin, age 27, of Chicago. According to police reports, Martin was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear for escape. He was aware of his warrant and turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

 

On September 25th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Kenny G. Pheifer, age 34, of

 

       
     
 


 
   


Onarga, According to police reports, Pheifer was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released,

 

On September 25th , 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Harold E, Alliss, age 36, of St. Anne.

According to police reports, Alliss was charged with violating an order of protection after being served.

He was placed in custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bonds

 

On September 25th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Co, Rd, 2200 E. near Co. Rd, 3250 N. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Heather J- Arseneau, age 44, of Watseka, was traveling south on 2200 E. when a deer entered the roadway. Arseneau was unable to avoid the deer and struck it causing over $1500 in damage. No injuries were reported, and no citations were issued.

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ONE FLOWN FROM CRASH

Kentland, IN Newton County 

On September 26th, 2020 the Newton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a motor vehicle crash involving a semi truck and a passenger vehicle at the intersection of US 41 and Princeton Parkway in Kentland, IN.

Upon first responders arrival the driver whom was the sole occupant of the passenger vehicle was found to be trapped in the vehicle. On scene investigation showed that a semi tractor and trailer operated by 76 year old Joseph Shouse of Kentland, IN was traveling north on US 41 nearing Princeton Parkway in the left lane. The semi was slowing and had its left turn signal activated to make a left turn onto Princeton Parkway when a silver 2007 GMC Yukon operated by 25 year Michael Noah Guebara of Rosewell, NM struck the rear of the trailer. Guebara was extricated from the vehicle by Kentland Fire Department where he was then flown from the scene by Lutheran Air to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL.

 

*Any other witnesses to the collision are asked to contact Sgt. Wilson at the Newton County Sheriff’s Office. (219)-474-5661

 

Assisting agencies: Kentland Fire, Newton County EMS, Lutheran Air

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 9/26/2020

there have been 358 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:

·         Female in her 40’s

·         Male in his 70’s

·         Male under 10

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for September 25, 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 9/25/2020

There have been 355 confirmed cases and 41 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 0 new confirmed cases and 0 new probable cases since our last update.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for September 24, 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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ONE SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR NARCOTICS VIOLATIONS

The Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (KAMEG), arrested Jamee R. Bilthuis, 29, of Custer Park, IL, for the Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and Driving while License Suspended.

 

On Sept. 21, 2020, at approximately 9:20 p.m., KAMEG agents conducted a traffic stop on a 2009 black Chevrolet Malibu for an observed equipment violation. During the traffic stop, KAMEG agents learned the driver of the black Chevrolet, Jamee R. Bilthuis, 29, of Custer Park, IL, had a suspended Illinois driver’s license. While inventorying the vehicle prior to tow, KAMEG agents recovered and seized 81 suspected prescription pills, approximately 174.2 grams of suspected cannabis, and approximately 7.3 grams of suspected Cocaine. Bilthuis was transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

 

KAMEG reminds the public to call KAMEG at (815) 933-1710 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.   

 

 

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 9/24/2020

As of 09/23/20 there have been 355 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:

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Male in his 70’s

•             Female in her 60’s

•             Female in her 20’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for September 23, 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 Public Health Department Encourages Flu Vaccinations

Iroquois County -The Iroquois County Public Health Department (ICPHD) will be offering flu vaccinations by appointment beginning September 28, 2020. In order to make the experience as safe as possible, people are encouraged to call for an appointment. Risk of exposure to others can be reduced if those wishing to receive the vaccine can come in at a scheduled time. In order to avoid large gatherings of people at one place, the health department will not be offering public flu clinics this year. “The CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are strongly advising vaccinations for everyone 6 months of age or older,” said Vonda Pruitt, RN, Director of Nursing for the health department. “We look forward to providing flu vaccines for children and adults by scheduling an appointment at our office.” Another important note, according to Pruitt, is that children age 8 and under may require 2 vaccinations at least one month apart to achieve immunity. Also, a physician’s order is required prior to giving a vaccination to a pregnant or breastfeeding woman. Dee Ann Schippert, the health department administrator, said there is still a small percentage of the population that believes you can get the flu from the flu shot. “There is no live virus in the flu vaccines we provide. The vaccines we utilize today are approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are very safe. It takes up to 2 weeks for protection to develop after the shot and there is the rare occasion when a person will become ill during that period of time. The illness is not from the flu vaccine. The person either had contracted the flu virus prior to achieving immunity or is suffering from another illness having the same or similar symptoms as the flu.” Mrs. Schippert also noted that the flu vaccine is a quadrivalent vaccine which offers protection against four different strains of flu; is preservative free, containing no Thimerosal or Mercury; and will be administered using syringes that are latex free. The cost for the quadrivalent vaccine is $35 per dose. In addition to the quadrivalent flu vaccine, the health department will also be offering the high dose flu vaccine. The high dose flu vaccine is recommended for ages 65 and over and will cost $70 per dose. If you have coverage for the flu vaccine through Medicare or one of the following listed insurance companies, the Iroquois County Public Health Department can bill them directly. ICPHD can currently bill Aetna, BlueCross/Blue Shield of IL PPO, Health Alliance, HealthLink PPO, HealthLink HMO, Cigna and United Healthcare. A receipt will be provided to enable those with other insurance coverage to obtain reimbursement. Please call the health department at 815-432-2483 to schedule an appointment. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for holidays and is located at 1001 E. Grant St., Watseka, Illinois.  

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 9/22/2020

There have been 350 confirmed cases and 41 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 8 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 70’s

·         Female in her 70’s

·         Female in her 70’s

·         Male in his 40’s

·         Female in her 40’s

·         Male in his 30’s

·         Female in her 30’s

·         Male in his 30’s

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for September 21, 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 9/22/2020

On September 13th , 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Jason E. Kottke, age 47, of Watseka. According to police reports, Kottke 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 16th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested Leeann Ravens, age 28, of

Chatsworth. According to police reports Ravens was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging her with battery. She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released.

On September 17th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Tyler J. Bruens, age 25, of Watseka. According to police reports, Bruens was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

 

On September 17th , 2020, Milford Police arrested Paul B. Love, age 31 , of Chicago. According to police reports, Love was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear for unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. In addition, Love was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon after a firearm was located inside his vehicle. Love was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

 

On September 1 Bth, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident at the intersection of W. 2nd and Co. Rd. 600 E. in Gilman, According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Brooke E. Davis, age 24, of Gilman was traveling west on W. 2nd St. when a deer entered the roadway. Davis maneuvered to avoid the deer and struck a guardrail. No •injuries were reported, and no citations were issued.

 

On September 18th , 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a two-vehicle accident at the on E. Jefferson St, in Danforth. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Dennis G. Stevens, age 70, of Rankin was traveling eastbound on E. Jefferson. At the same time, a vehicle driven by Linda D, Luhrsen, age 62, of Buckley was attempted to back out of an alley way on to E. Jefferson and failed to notice Stevens vehicle. Luhrsen struck Stevens vehicle causing over $1500 in damage. No injuries were reported, and no citations were issued.

 

On September 20,2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Bradford S. Temen, age 68. According to police reports, Temen was wanted on an outstanding Brookfield Police Department warrant charging him with Failure to Appear on the original charge of Violation of Order of Protection, He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

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Pedestrian-train accident in Hoopeston

Danville, IL- The Vermilion County Coroner, Jane McFadden has released the name of the 49-year-old Hoopeston woman who was involved in a pedestrian-train accident at the railroad crossing on East Lincoln Street in Hoopeston this morning as Jodi L. Tyszko.

 

The Hoopeston Police Department and the Vermilion County Coroner’s office continue to investigate.

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ISP Fatal Traffic Crash

WHAT: Fatal Traffic Crash WHERE: Illinois Route 17 at Lowe Road (Kankakee County) WHEN: Saturday, August 19, 2020, 1:15 p.m. VEHICLE: Unit 1: 2016 Chrysler Town & Country Unit 2: 2020 Toyota Corolla DRIVER: Unit 1: Barbara A. See 48-year-old female of Chicago (Transported to a local area hospital with injuries) Unit 2: Zachary M. Rohlfs 20-year-old male of Bourbonnais (Transported to a local area hospital with injuries) PASSENGER: Unit 1: Caryle A. See 75-year-old female of Bourbonnais (Deceased) PRELIMINARY: Preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: Unit 1 was traveling westbound on Illinois Route 17 at the intersection of Illinois Route 17 and 3000E (Lowe Rd). Unit 2 was traveling eastbound on Illinois Route 17 at the intersection of Illinois Route 17 and 3000E (Lowe Rd). The driver of Unit 1 failed to yield to on-coming eastbound traffic and executed a left turn (southbound) onto 3000E (Lowe Rd) into the path of Unit 2. Unit 2 struck the passenger side front end of Unit 1 with the front end of Unit 2. CHARGES: The driver of Unit 1 was issued a citation for Failure to Yield at an Intersection. The driver of Unit 2 was issued a citation for Failure to Wear a Seat Belt (Driver). 

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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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Human West Nile Virus/ Page 2
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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