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Iroquois County man arrested on predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse

On Friday 10/30/2020, iroquois county sheriff's office arrested Edward W. Dill age 76 of Gilman on Charges of predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse following an investigation in to allegations involving two juvenile victims. Dill was taken into custody Friday afternoon with incident and was transported to the Iroquois county jail where he remains awaiting a court apperance. 

Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/31/2020

There have been 534 confirmed cases and 68 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 13 new confirmed cases and 4 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

•             Female in her 40’s

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Female in her 60’s

•             Female under 10

•             Female in her 70’s

•             Male in his 70’s

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Female in her 40’s

•             Male under 20

•             Female in her 60’s

•             Male in his 30’s

•             Female in her 40’s

Probable Case(s):

•             Female in her 30’s

•             Female in her 30’s

•             Male in his 60’s

•             Male in his 20’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 30, 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.”

RESTORE ILLINOIS PHASE 4 GUIDELINES – FAQ FOR BUSINESSES AND MITIGATION MEASURES FAQ

BUSINESS GUIDELINES Which industries are impacted in Phase 4? Phase 4 makes way for the following industries to reopen or expand operations based on their ability to implement and ensure compliance with the safety guidelines. It marks the opportunity for thousands of businesses and thousands of Illinoisans to return to work. It includes the following major industry categories: • Retail and Service Counters • Offices • Personal care (i.e. barbers/salons) • Manufacturing • Health and fitness centers (i.e. gyms) • Youth and recreational sports • Spectator Sports • Meetings and Social Events • Film Production • Theaters and Performing Arts • Indoor/Outdoor recreation • Museums and Zoos • Day Camps • Restaurants and Bars • Updated guidelines for Golf and Tennis General guideline questions for all businesses: What are the uniform guidelines businesses should follow? • While the guidelines vary by industry, all businesses and industries included in Phase 4 should ensure signage is displayed, conduct regular sanitizing and cleaning, promote social distancing whenever possible, and ensure staff and customers use face coverings when within 6 feet of others. • Follow guidelines on capacity limits and group sizes (to be continually reassessed throughout Phase 4) 2 • Employees should complete health and safety training related to COVID-19 when returning to work. • Employees should not report to, or remain at, work if sick or symptomatic. • Employers should make temperature checks available for employees and encourage their use. • Employers and businesses are also being urged to: ? Continue use of work from home arrangements ? Assign staffing with extra space for personnel ? Limit travel unless essential ? Implement on-site testing and health screening procedures ? Ensure social distancing, and in some cases, assign a staff monitor (i.e. manufacturing and other businesses where employees are in close quarters) ? Provide reasonable accommodations for vulnerable employees What are some best practices businesses should follow to ensure customers comply with the face covering requirement? • Businesses should consider placing an employee at the store entrance to remind individuals to wear face-coverings. Business may also post signage at the store entrance and throughout the store reminding employees of the face-covering requirements. If possible, businesses should offer face-coverings to those customers without one • Businesses should also ensure its employees comply with the face-covering requirements, provide face-coverings to employees if needed, and instruct employees to maintain socialdistancing to the extent feasible while interacting with customers Phase 4 guidelines indicate there could be additional capacity for public events/gatherings later on. How will the state determine this? • Capacity restrictions will be reassessed based on the latest science and public health metrics on an ongoing basis throughout Phase 4. Do I still have to wear my face covering in Phase 4? • Yes. IDPH and the state of Illinois continue to encourage universal guidance of wearing face coverings in group settings, outdoors, and where it is recommended. The requirement does not apply to individuals who cannot medically tolerate a face covering. • In some instances, a mask is not required where other safety precautions, such as maintaining 6 feet of distance, are followed – i.e. while seated in a theater, or seated and eating or drinking at a restaurant. What other steps must my business take to keep workers and customers safe? • Other universal health and safety guidance for Phase 4 includes: o All employees who can work from home should continue to do so o Maintain social distance of 6 ft., and frequently wash hands o Continue employee health screenings upon entry into the workplace and mid-shift screenings for employees with shifts >5 hours (virtual screening permitted) o Follow guidelines on capacity limits and group sizes (to be continually reassessed throughout Phase 4) 3 What type of signs are businesses required to display in my store or on premises at the workplace? • Businesses must post the guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Office of the Illinois Attorney General regarding workplace safety during the COVID19 emergency. https://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19_WorkplaceHealth_SafetyGuidance20200505.pdf • Other signage varies for every industry, but all businesses should display signage to encourage social distancing of 6 feet or more. • The guidelines specify other required signage to indicate things such as closed work areas, face covering requirements; and other common/gathering areas • Businesses, like retail, where customers may line up should display directional signage to ensure lines are spaced properly and to prevent congestion in aisles at stories What steps do employers need to take to ensure employees don’t become sick, or come to work if they are sick? • If practical, employer should conduct pre-shift and mid-shift temperature screening via infrared/ thermal camera or touchless thermometer, OR if not practical, employees may take their own temperature at home within four hours of start of work and ensure no fever (without fever-reducing medication) before entering the workplace • All employers should have a wellness screening program Can local governments adopt stricter policies than the State’s Phase 4 policies? • Yes – local government units have the discretion to impose stricter policies based on their specific public health situation Restaurants and Bars and Social Events/Banquets What guidelines will restaurants and bars be subject to? • Capacity limited based on ability to provide a minimum of six feet between tables or other designated patron service areas; maximum occupancy of 25% in indoor standing areas (i.e. bar area, waiting area for a table); link to Guidelines • Parties of up to 10 permitted • Booths may be seated within 6 ft if impermeable barrier in place • Buffets and self-service food stations allowed, with queue points of 6 ft apart, sanitation stations and frequent utensil cleaning Are tents permissible for outdoor dining? • Subject to any required municipal and/or local liquor commission restrictions and approval requirements, tents may be used for outdoor dining if at least two sides of the tent are open to allow airflow. • If more than two sides of the tent are enclosed, this is considered indoors for purposes of the guidelines 4 What is the maximum occupancy for my bar’s/restaurant’s standing area? • Standing area capacity of restaurants or bars may operate at maximum of 25% of standing area capacity. If standing area does not have a designated capacity limit, establishments may allow up to 15 people per 1,000 square feet. Bar seating should be spaced 6-ft apart to maintain social distancing between patrons of unrelated parties. Will banquet halls be able to reopen and under what guidelines? • Yes, under these guidelines, banquet halls can reopen with capacity limits – the lesser of 50% of venue capacity OR 50 persons total per event, although venues may host multiple rooms of up to 50 people/50% capacity, with staggered start and end times to avoid interaction between the groups • Dance floors should remain closed • Event host should ask whether customer is currently exhibiting symptoms and if practical, take customer temperature Are weddings permissible in Phase 4? If so, is there a capacity restriction? • Weddings are permissible under the meeting and special event guidelines. Wedding capacity is limited to the lesser of 50 people or 50% of the room capacity, excluding venue staff and vendors • A venue with multiple rooms may NOT split one wedding party in to multiple rooms • Outdoor weddings are limited to 50 people. An outdoor wedding venue may not place multiple tents 30 feet apart to accommodate multiple groups of 50 for one wedding • Dance floors should remain closed Health and Fitness and Recreational Activity questions: Will professional and other spectator sports such as baseball be allowed? Will the public be able to attend? • Yes, under these guidelines, outdoor spectator sports that are ticketed and held in outdoor venues, arenas, stadiums, facilities, fields, or courts engaged in showing live sports games are allowed. Indoor spectator sports are not permitted at this time • Seating capacity limit is 20% of seating capacity for spectators • General admission shows and/or events without seating (e.g. standing room only) are not permitted at this time • As with other guidelines, local governments can implement more restrictive requirements What guidance will day camps need to follow? • Increase cap on group sizes from 10 participants per 1 adult to 15 participants to 1 adult (in line with Phase 4 child care guidelines); updated guidelines • Operators need to follow the IDPH guidelines on any water-based activities to follow IDPH guidance • Guidance on holding activities requiring physical exertion and/or exertion of voice outdoors moved to best practice 5 Are overnight camps permissible? • No; overnight camps should remain closed at this time, although they are permitted to operate under the day camp guidelines What water-based activities are permissible at day camps? • Day camps should follow the swimming facility guidelines set forth by IDPH. Day camps may also offer non-swim related activities, such as water balloons, sprinklers, and hoses. Slip-and-slides and similar type activities where multiple participants are in repeated contact with the equipment should not be used. Day camps should ensure each participant has his/her own towel, and proper handwashing hygiene should be observed before and after the activity. Will public pools and waterparks be able to open in Phase 4? • Recreational swimming and water parks will be open and should follow the IDPH Guidelines Will playgrounds reopen in Phase 4? If so, with what restrictions? • Indoor playgrounds are to remain closed • Units of local government are provided the discretion to determine if outdoor playgrounds can open; the playground should be limited to no more than 50 persons at the playground, individuals should follow social distancing guidance and all other applicable IDPH guidance Are there guidelines for health and fitness facilities to open safely? • Health and fitness updated guidelines; • Health and fitness centers can open with capacity limits of no more than 50% of occupancy at any given time; fitness classes of up to 50 people • Workout stations should be configured to be 6 ft apart (either positioned or decommissioning at certain stations) and are allowed to be 3 ft apart with impermeable barriers installed Will indoor children’s play venues be allowed to operate in Phase 4 (trampoline facilities, bounce houses, playlands)? No, indoor trampoline parks, bounce houses, and playlands should be closed Can you apply the 50-person gathering limit to 5K or 10K races? • Yes. Under the executive order, gatherings should be limited to 50 people participating in the activity. Applying the principle to running races, they can be held if the start times are staggered enough so that the groups do not mix with one another regardless of the individuals pace running and/or walking. The minimum guidelines should be staggered starts of 30 minutes and the start and finish points should be different locations to avoid gatherings over 50 people. Municipalities and local public health departments are provided discretion in methods to implement the remainder of the guidelines for youth and recreational sports (Link here). 6 Are pumpkin patches permitted? • Generally, yes. However, amusement rides and inflatables must remain closed. Hands-on exhibits should be closed or modified to eliminate the hands-on component. Indoor exhibits must also remain closed. Capacity should not exceed 25%. Venues should encourage online tickets orders. Employees and patrons should wear face coverings and comply with the social distancing measures set forth in the executive order. Are haunted houses permissible? • No. Haunted houses should remain closed at this time. Are hayrides/haunted hayrides permissible? • Hayrides/haunted can operate at 50% capacity, with parties spaced at least six feet apart and wearing masks, with the best practice to limit hayrides to members of the same household Tourism and Entertainment Questions: Which phase of the plan will include tourism? • Restore Illinois provides guidance to residents and businesses, organized according to major industries and activities • While each specific industry may not have its own specific guidance – businesses as well as residents are encouraged to adhere to the overarching principles of the Restore IL plan • Phase 4 offers specific guidance on several activities that are relevant or could fall into the category of tourism in Illinois – including museums, zoos, outdoor recreation, and outdoor seated spectator events with limited seating capacities • While residents traveling to the state should continue to take precautions, Illinois continues to provide a lot to offer for residents venturing on road trips or taking in any one of the many scenic sites our state has to offer Can live filming commence under Phase 4? • Film sets can operate at up to 50% capacity of location or sound stage capacity; overall group sizes limited to 50, including crowd scenes; guidelines Will museums and zoos reopen in Phase 4? • Yes, Phase 4 guidelines for reopening zoos; link to zoo guidelines • Public facing areas with capacity limits of no more than 25% of occupancy at any given time; indoor zoo exhibits should remain closed • Guided tours limits to 50 people or fewer; audio tour equipment must be cleaned before and after use by a guest or suspended; museum guidelines • Hands on exhibits should be closed or modified to eliminate the hands-on component (e.g. interactive touch screens, historical replicas, etc.) Are movie theatres permitted in Phase 4? • Yes; indoor and outdoor movie theaters are permitted to be open in Phase 4. 7 • Capacity limits of the lesser of 50 people OR 50% of venue seating; 50 person limit applies per theater for cinemas with multiple screening rooms • Cleaning and disinfecting of occupied seats or tables between use by different groups or parties, and again at closing time • Theaters and performing arts guidelines Are outdoor concerts allowed in Phase 4? • Outdoor concerts will be permitted if ticketed and seated events; link to guidelines • The capacity limit for the venue is 20% of the seating capacity Are drive-in theaters and concerts permissible in Phase 4? • Yes. In addition to following the safety and sanitation procedures set forth in the theatre and performing arts guidelines, drive-in theater and concert venues should follow these additional guidelines: o Each vehicle is limited to four individuals ? Oversized vehicles are not permitted (buses, RVs, limousines) o Venues must obtain the name, address, phone number and email address of at least one person per vehicle o Tickets should be purchased on-line or over the phone in advance of the performance o Venues should provide landmarks for attendees to easily identify where there are/were in the venue o If patrons will exit the vehicle (concerts), vehicles must be parked in every third parking spot ? Individuals exiting the vehicle must remain in one space immediately adjacent to their vehicle ? Spaces should be clearly outlined (e.g. parking cones, parking stop, etc.) for ease of enforcement of social distancing measures between spaces ? Tents are not permitted ? Venue staff should monitor area to ensure groups are not congregating o If patrons will remain in the vehicle (movie theaters), vehicles must be parked in every other spot o Individuals must wear masks when outside of their vehicle or designated space Are flea markets permissible in Phase 4? • Yes. In addition to following the retail guidelines, flea markets should follow these extra precautions • For both indoor and outdoor flea markets, venue capacity should not exceed 25%, or 15 people per 1,000 square feet • Booths/exhibits should be spaced the lesser of every third spot, or 30 feet apart • Indoor flea markets should open windows and doors for fresh air flow • Face coverings should always be worn, whether indoor or outdoor • Flea Markets that offer food and beverage should follow the indoor and outdoor dining guidelines 8 • Flea Markets should have hand sanitizer available for customers upon entering the flea market and/or available at various locations within the flea market • If possible, vendors should use an impermeable barrier or a second table between vendors and customers • Flea Market should have employees monitoring the venue to ensure customers are social distancing and wearing face coverings Sports-Related Questions Can individuals and/or teams play competitive games out of state? • Out-of-state travel for competitive games by individuals and/or teams is strongly discouraged. Additionally, teams should comply with local orders prohibiting travel or requiring self-quarantine if they travel to certain states. Can lower risk travel/club sports play competitive games throughout the state? • No. All lower risk sports are limited to intra-conference, intra-EMS-region, or intra-league competitions. If a travel/club sport does not have a defined conference, but rather is part of a statewide or multi-EMS region league, then the team is limited to playing other teams from within the EMS region from which that team is located Do regular dance classes and lessons fall under the All Sports Guidelines? • No. Competitive dance where participants perform dances in front of judges fall under the all sports guidelines. Dance classes that are not competitive, but rather may have an end of session performance, should follow the health and fitness guidelines Is there a limit for the number of people that can be on a team for medium risk sports? • Yes, teams should not exceed 25 participants, excluding coaches Do people have to wear face coverings if indoor and they can stay six feet apart? • Yes; face coverings should be worn at all times while exercising or participating in a practice or competition Do the All Sports Guidelines differentiate between indoor volleyball and outdoor volleyball? • No. The restrictions set forth in the guidelines apply to both indoor and outdoor volleyball What about sports played in the park and not affiliated with a club or a park district program? Is that permissible? • Municipalities and park districts have discretion whether they will permit these activities. If the activities are permitted, at a minimum, participants should follow the allsports guidelines to extent they are applicable including face coverings for indoor and outdoor sports, regular hand washing, and maintaining social distancing when not participating in the sport Which guidelines should bowling follow? • Bowling not associated with a school sport should follow the bowling guidelines 9 Are there updated golf guidelines? • Yes. Notable differences from the previous guidelines include: Two people are permitted to ride together in a cart if they live in the same household without a facial cloth covering. If two people who do NOT live in the same household are sharing a cart, a facial cloth covering is required; updated guidelines • Tournaments and shotgun starts are permitted. Golf courses should develop procedures to ensure that individuals do no congregate in groups excess of 50 before or after the tournament • Individual caddies are permitted. Caddies should wear face coverings when within six feet of a golfer or caddie. The golf club should have updated parental consent for all caddies under 18. Caddies should not congregate in groups larger than 50 Are there updated guidelines for tennis or pickleball in Phase 4? • Yes. Tennis facilities and player safety for adult tennis can operate under these updated guidelines. Youth tennis should follow the all sports guidelines. Region Mitigation Measures Questions General Questions: How long will these mitigation measures be in place for? • The region will operate under these measures until 14 days have passed and the region reaches a 7-day rolling positive rate average of less than 6.5%. Why aren't other close contact businesses, like fitness centers, being closed as well? • The current data indicates that infections are coming from social encounters, such as bars, restaurants and large gatherings and this first tier of mitigations is focused on addressing those sources of community spread. If the regional seven-day rolling average for positivity rate remains above 8% over the next 14 days, IDPH may establish additional mitigations affecting more sectors in order to reduce infections. Which entities will be charged with enforcement of these new rules? • State and local law enforcement along with local health departments. How is the State coordinating with local officials and businesses themselves to implement these changes on short notice? • DCEO and DPH will notify local law enforcement agencies and local health departments, and has been the case throughout the pandemic, is in consistent communication with the business community to address their questions and assist in their ability to implement these new mitigations. What types of social events and gatherings are subject to the resurgence mitigation measures? • In addition to any event or gathering that falls under the meeting and social events guidelines, gatherings and socials events subject to mitigation measures include, but are not limited to, weddings, bridal & baby showers, receptions, birthday parties, picnics & barbecues, and funerals 10 Business Specific Questions: Do the mitigation measures impact drive-thru, take-out or delivery for restaurants? • No. Mitigations do not restrict take-out, drive-thru, or delivery options for restaurants. The guidance only provides for additional operating restrictions for indoor dining. Can bars and restaurants allow walk-in patrons for outdoor dining? • Bars and restaurants should take reservations for all parties for outdoor dining for contact tracing purposes. However, bars and restaurants can accept walk-ins provided they record the contact information of at least one person in the party. Can bars and restaurants in mitigation areas serve food and beverages indoors in conjunction with a meeting or special event? • No. Bars and restaurants in mitigation areas are not permitted to have any indoor dining and service, and therefore may not host meetings, events or gatherings within their establishment. Outdoor meetings or special events that otherwise comply with the bar and restaurant guidance are permitted. Do bars and restaurants need to stop accepting customers at 11:00 p.m., or do they have to clear the premises by 11:00 p.m.? • All patrons must be off the premises by 11:00 p.m. and may reopen at 6:00 a.m. or later. Drive-thru, carry out, and delivery service is still permitted after 11:00 p.m., but customers must depart after obtaining their food and there should not be congregation of customers outside of the restaurant after closure time. Can restaurants still utilize plexiglass between booths as a barrier? • Yes, plexiglass is still a permissible method for restaurants to separate parties within a restaurant. Do mitigation measures that restrict indoor dining and service at restaurants and bars apply to movie theaters, bowling alleys and food courts? • Indoor concessions at places like movie theaters and bowling alleys may still operate delivery and takeaway service consistent with the Phase 4 restaurant guidance and applicable mitigations. • Customers must consume food or beverage items off site or at their seat, lane etc. provided these areas are also consistent with applicable guidance. • Businesses within food courts may remain open for sales and takeaway, however, dining area tables must be rendered out of service or otherwise restricted from use. Can restaurants and cafeterias within airports, hospitals, and college dining halls continue to provide indoor dining and exempt from mitigation measures? • Yes. From the beginning of the emergency declaration to respond to COVID-19, executive order 2020-07 provided that businesses located in airports, hospitals, and dining halls in colleges and universities are exempt from the requirements of this Executive Order. For purposes of ensuring that individuals can eat a meal with no alternatives provided in these 11 venues for eating, they are not subject to the mitigation measures imposed in regions. Patrons must follow the restaurant and bar guidelines in the establishment, including wearing masks when waitstaff approach and when they are not eating or drinking at a table. What is the guidance for reception halls? • Reception halls generally refer to a building or space with primary purpose of entertaining large groups of people for social or entertainment purposes. In areas under Tier 1 mitigation, capacity is limited to the lesser of 25 people or 25% overall room capacity. In Tier 2, capacity is limited to 10 people. Are there changes to movie theater or drive-in movie theater guidance? • No; the mitigation measures do not outline any changes for movie theaters or drive-in movie theaters. The capacity for a theater is the lesser of 50 guests or 50% of the overall theater or performance space capacity and should follow the guidelines for Phase 4. Drivein theaters and concerts should follow the State’s FAQ. Do the gathering and meeting limits contained in the mitigation measures apply to Adult Day Care Services? • No. The resurgence mitigation measures would not affect adult day care “indoor” activities or services. Adult day care services proceed because they are not meetings or gatherings. Do the regional mitigation limits on events and gatherings apply to churches and other places of worship? • Organizers of religious gatherings are encouraged to follow the mitigation measures by limiting gatherings to 25% capacity or 25 persons, whichever is less • Additionally, places of worship are recommended to follow IDPH guidance on social and physical distancing posted here: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/communityguidance/places-worship-guidance • To the extent that a place of worship is being rented for a private social event or gathering, the limits on social events and gatherings would apply Is video gaming permitted at bars, restaurants and other licensed video gaming locations in areas under mitigation? • Yes, but only under the following conditions: • Gaming is limited to within the hours of 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM daily, with no exceptions. • Food and beverage service in the gaming area is suspended (curbside and carry out is permitted if otherwise authorized) • Masks must be worn at all times in the gaming area • Congregating around video gaming terminals is prohibited and there is a one person per video gaming terminal limitation • Existing social distancing, sanitizing and other mitigation protocols and measures in approved Terminal Operator Pandemic Resumption Plans remain in effect along with other applicable protocols and directives from the Illinois Gaming Board 12 • Failure to comply with mitigation efforts and restrictions could subject licensees to discipline from the Illinois Gaming Board, up to an including license revocation

Watseka Police Department News

 

 

Watseka Police responded to an accident on South Second Street and 2050 East Road at 1:31 p.m. According to police reports, a 2003 Mazda operated by Noah Wellborn, 16, Watseka, was westbound on South Second Street and lost control while crossing the railroad crossing causing the vehicle to spin around 180 degrees and hit the side of the road on the eastbound lane. The vehicle then rolled over and came to rest on the driver’s side. No injuries or citations were reported. Damage was in excess of $1,500.

 

 

Watseka Police conducted a traffic stop in the area of Ninth and Walnut at 3:51 p.m. According to police reports, arrested was Hannah Hartman, 20, Hoopeston, for driving on a suspended license, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, improper use of registration, and disobeying a stop sign. She posted bond and was released.

Iroquois County COVID 19 Update

there have been 521 confirmed cases and 64 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 13 new confirmed cases and 3 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 under 20

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Female in her 40’s

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Male in his 80’s

•             Female under 20

•             Female in her 40’s

•             Male in his 70’s

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Female in her 70’s

Probable Case(s):

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Male in his 40’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 29, 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.”

Jesse White Reminds Public Extensions for License Plate Sticker Ends Nov. 1, 2020

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is reminding the public that expirations for license plate stickers are set to end Nov. 1, 2020. License plate stickers can easily be renewed online at www.cyberdriveillinois.com. Driver’s licenses and ID cards remain extended until Feb. 1, 2021. “I encourage the public to renew their license plate sticker online at www.cyberdriveillinois.com from the comfort on their own home,” White said. “Online renewals for license plate stickers have skyrocketed since June 1, and if you pay with an e-check, the payment processing fee is waived through the end of the year.” To register, drivers will need their vehicle registration card or past renewal notice containing their Registration ID and PIN numbers. If vehicle owners do not have a renewal notice or a current registration card, they should call the Public Inquiry Division at 800-252-8980. After obtaining their Registration ID and PIN numbers, they can visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com and go to the “License Plate Renewal Email Notices” under Online Services. Since June 1, more than 1.5 million people have renewed their license plate stickers online. This is nearly double the amount renewing online during the same period in 2019. White is reminding the public that if they renew online and pay with an e-check, the payment processing fee is waived through the end of the year for the following services: renewing a license plate sticker, obtaining a duplicate driver’s license or ID card, and renewing a driver’s license through the Safe Driver Renewal program. People who conduct online transactions will avoid waiting in line at a facility. For those customers who must visit a facility, face masks are required. In addition, customers are asked to be patient due to heavy volume and to be prepared to wait outside in various types of weather. This is due to social distancing, which limits the number of people inside a facility at one time. For more information, visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/29/2020

There have been 508 confirmed cases and 61 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 11 new confirmed cases and 1 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

•             Female under 20

•             Male under 20

•             Female in her 30’s

•             Female in her 60’s

•             Male in his 60’s

•             Male in his 50’s

•             Male in his 50’s

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Female under 20

•             Male in his 60’s

Probable Case(s):

•             Female in her 40’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 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.”

 

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women other than skin cancer and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths for women. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. It is estimated that there will be more than 276,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in women across the United States in 2020. Vonda Pruitt, Director of Nursing at the Iroquois County Public Health Department states that “the best chance for detecting breast cancer early is through mammography screenings and earlier detection gives higher survival rates.”

 

The Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program serves women across the state with free breast and cervical cancer screenings. The Iroquois County Public Health Department works with the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program to provide free breast and cervical cancer screenings for ALL uninsured and underinsured women in Iroquois County between the ages of 21 and 64. Younger women with symptoms also may qualify. If needed, many treatments are also covered under the program. IBCCP can also help women who need diagnostic services but have a high deductible with their health insurance. Please contact Jane at 815-432-2483 to enroll in this life-saving program. You can also visitwww.cancerscreening.illinois.gov for more information.  

Pritzker, IDPH put high school basketball season on hold. IHSA not happy

Basketball is among a group of winter sports that has been put ‘‘on hold’’ by Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

‘‘As with sports in the fall, nothing is ‘canceled,’ just put on hold until we’re through the thick of this pandemic,’’ Pritzker said in a statement.

Pritzker announced the decision at a news conference Tuesday that appeared to blindside the Illinois High School Association, which is holding a special board meeting Wednesday. It was scheduled to make an announcement about winter sports after that.

‘‘We know that this virus is of most concern when people are indoors with high contact, especially in vigorous situations that bring about heavy breathing, like in wrestling, hockey and basketball,’’ Pritzker said. ‘‘Sports played at a distance, like tennis, can be played. And sports that can be modified to have virtual elements — like dance, for example — offer more leeway in this moment, and the IDPH guidance reflects that.’’

Basketball practices were scheduled to start Nov. 16 and games Nov. 30. There is now no target date for either to begin.

‘‘I was surprised to hear something today; like most people, I was expecting something tomorrow,’’ said Evanston senior Blake Peters, a Princeton recruit. ‘‘I think a timetable would make us all feel better. We are in limbo. The reality is, a lot of seniors are still looking for a scholarship.’’

The IDPH’s new guidelines raise basketball from a medium-risk sport to a higher-risk sport. That means competitive games can’t be played until the state hits Level 3 of the IDPH’s guidelines. Higher-risk sports are currently at Level 1. The IDPH has not detailed how the state moves between levels, and the current level hasn’t change since the guidelines were released in late July.

‘This isn’t the news anyone wants to hear,’’ Pritzker said. ‘‘And it is not news that I want to deliver. But this virus remains dangerous and deadly to kids and parents and especially grandparents, and this is the best thing we can do for the health and safety of families under the current circumstances. Life in a pandemic is hard for everyone.’’

Moving basketball up to the higher-risk level likely puts an end to club-basketball showcase events and evaluation camps such as the Pangos event that was held last weekend in La Grange with players from 10 states.

The IHSA rushed out a statement about a half-hour after Pritzker’s announcement.

‘‘About 15 minutes prior to Governor Pritzker’s press conference today, we were alerted that the [IDPH] has elevated the sport of basketball from a medium-risk level to a high-risk level,’’ executive director Craig Anderson said in the statement. ‘‘We remain considerate of the recent rise in positive COVID-19 cases in our state. However, in our meeting with IDPH on Friday, we felt that we presented multiple options that would allow for basketball to be conducted safely by IHSA schools this winter, many of which are being utilized in neighboring states who plan to play high school basketball.’’

It’s possible the IHSA will reveal a new sports calendar, with a later start date for basketball, after its board meeting Wednesday.

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association released a statement that it was “very disappointed to learn of today’s decision by the governor and IDPH regarding the movement of basketball in Illinois to the high risk category. The National Federation of High School Sports currently has basketball classified as a medium risk sport.”

 

PHONE / INTERNET SCAMS IN IROQUOIS COUNTY

The Iroquois County Sheriffs Department is issuing a warning to residents in reference to reported phone scams occurring in the county. The scam targets older victims on land lines and cell phones.

Recently residents have reported that they have received phone calls from subjects claiming to be a relative, usually a grandchild, who has either been involved in an accident or arrested. The victim is asked not to tell any other tamily members about their involvement or trouble, The caller, who may identify themselves as a police officer or government employee, requests that the victim wire money via western union, money gram or purchase I tunes cards or gift cards from CVS, Wal Mart Etc. The caller also requests that the victim call the caller back once the wire transfer is complete or to provide the infomation from the back of the I tunes cards,

Callers have also identified themselves as employees of the IRS or social security administration who explain to the victim that there was an issue with the victim's tax returru social securjty or a rental car, rented in their name was used in a crime. The caller requests the victim provide their Personally Identifiable Information including social security number, middle initial or date of birth. The caller is then asked to complete a wire transfer of moneys through Western Union, Money Gram or purchase tunes gift cards and provide the information on the back of the card as a form of payment to avoid any further "legal trouble",

A third type of phone scam involves the caller advising the victim that a warrant has been issued for their arrest. The caller requests that the victim again send money via western union or other means to quash the warrant.

Residents are urged not to send money via western union or purchase the I tunes, moneypac or gift cards in these instances. Once the money has been sent by the victim, it is highly unlikely that law enforcement will be able to recover it. Residents are urged to contact family members or the police if they have any questions about suspicious callers,

Internet purchase scams have also been reported in which an item is sold far below market value. Often the seller request that the buyer send money via western union or similar wire transfer. The seller will also offer to ship the item to the purchaser through a shipping company and request additional money that will be returned to the buyer upon delivery, The seller will also send official looking e mails to the buyer that appear to be from E bay motors Etc. during the transaction.

Residents have also recently reported receiving notices that someone has used their personal information for an unemployment claim. It is believed that no access to the victim's bank account has been made and no personal information of the victim is at risk for financial toss to the victim,

Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/28/2020

There have been 497 confirmed cases and 60 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 7 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 in his 50’s

•             Male in his 70’s

•             Female under 20

•             Male in his 20’s

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Female in her 60’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 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.”

 

Riverside's Immediate Care in Watseka is Expanding

Same location, NEW Experience!

 

 

KANKAKEE, IL (October 27, 2020) - Don't let an illness or injury slow you down, the newly expanded Riverside Immediate Care in Watseka is open seven days a week with extended hours.

 

In order to better serve Watseka and surrounding communities, Riverside has improved the overall patient experience with a new space. While the services and location are still the same, the entrance is now located on the east-side of Riverside's Watseka Campus, complete with a drive-thru canopy and ample parking.

 

"A patient's health is our number one concern, followed closely by an excellent patient experience," said Phil Kambic, President and CEO. "With this beautiful new space, we have more exam rooms to allow us to conveniently see more patients, quicker."

 

Immediate Care offers the appropriate level of high-quality care without the high ER cost. Watseka Immediate Care is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and holidays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (closed Christmas Day and Easter). Walk-in or save your spot in Riverside MyChart. Seeing patients 18 months and older.

 

In addition to Immediate Care, Riverside's Watseka Campus offers patients a variety of services including:

Primary Care

Diagnostic Services (labs, X-ray, CT, MRI, etc.)

Curbside COVID-19 testing

Video visits through Riverside MyChart

Specialty providers

Physical therapy

Sleep medicine

Occupational medicine

Oncology & Infusion services

 

Learn more about Riverside's Immediate Care in Watseka at riversidehealthcare.org.

 

Click here to see this press release in Riverside's newsroom.

 

About Riverside Healthcare

Riverside Healthcare is a fully integrated healthcare system serving the needs of individuals and communities throughout the counties of Kankakee, Iroquois, Will, Grundy and beyond. As part of the system, Riverside Medical Center, a 312-bed hospital, provides a full scope of inpatient and outpatient care and is a nationally recognized, award-winning Level II Trauma hospital with nationally-leading programs in heart care, cancer care, neurosurgery and orthopedics. Its reputation for nursing excellence has made Riverside the area's only Magnet® Recognized hospital. Because Riverside's clinical performance ranks them among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide, Healthgrades has named them a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award, and Truven Health Analytics presented them with the 100 Top Hospitals® award. Riverside also operates several community, primary and specialty health centers throughout the region. Learn more about Riverside Healthcare at www.RiversideHealthcare.org.

Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/27/2020

There have been 490 confirmed cases and 60 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 15 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 40’s

•             Male in his 60’s

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Male in his 80’s

•             Male under 20

•             Female under 20

•             Female in her 70’s

•             Female in her 30’s

•             Female in her 50’s

•             Female in her 50’s

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Female in her 40’s

•             Female under 20

•             Female in her 20’s

Probable Cases:

•             Male in his 30’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 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.”

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 10/27/2020

On October 20th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Roger G. Thompson, age 39, of Chatsworth. According to police reports, Thompson was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County Warrant charging him with failure to appear on a theft offense. Thompson was placed into custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

On October 20th, 2020, Clifton Police arrested Vytautus D, Gudis, age 61, of Chicago- According to police reports, Gudis was wanted on an outstanding Kankakee County Warrant charging him with driving while license suspended. Gudis was placed into custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released,

 

On October 25th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Cody R. Eyre, age 25. Accocdjng to police reports, Erye was charged with domestic battery. He was placed into custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

 
   


On October 25th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested James Musselman, age 34. According to police reports, Musselman was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County Warrant charging him with failure to appear on a possession of a

controlled substance offense. He was placed into custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond,

IMH is seeking your support through our Write-A-Check campaign to assist the needs of our Hospice patients

Iroquois Memorial Hospice 2020 Fundraiser In lieu of our Annual Brunch, we hope you will choose to donate monetarily to support Iroquois Memorial Hospice. We are seeking your support through our Write-A-Check campaign to assist the needs of our Hospice patients. To support Iroquois Memorial Hospice please send your donation to:Iroquois Memorial Hospice 200 North Laird Lane, Watseka, IL 60970 Or call 815.432.0185 to learn about other ways to donate Thank you for your continued support to Iroquois Memorial Hospice program“Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.” — Bob Riley

Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/23/2020

There have been 461 confirmed cases and 58 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:

•             Female in her 60’s

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Male in his 80’s

Probable Cases:

•             Male in his 70’s

•             Male in his 20’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 22, 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.”

ISP Two-Unit Fatal Traffic Crash Alert

WHAT:                      Two Unit Fatal Traffic Crash

 

WHERE:                   US Route 45, ½ mile south of 2700N, Champaign County

 

WHEN:                      Oct. 21, 2020 at approximately 7:44 p.m.

 

VEHICLE:                Unit 1- 2012 Tan Buick

 

                                    Unit 2- 2009 Silver Kia

 

DRIVER:                   Unit 1- Pending Next of Kin Notification, 67-year-old male of Urbana, IL (Deceased)

 

                                    Unit 2- Pending Next of Kin Notification, 28-year-old female of Rantoul, IL (Deceased)

 

PASSENGER:           Trevvaire Johnson, 29-year-old male of Champaign, IL (Transported to a local area hospital with life threatening injuries)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

PRELIMINARY:      A preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred:  Unit 1 was traveling southbound on US Route 45 in the northbound lanes. Unit 2 was traveling northbound on US Route 45 in the northbound lanes.  Unit 1 struck Unit 2 head on ½ mile south of intersection US Route 45 and 2700N.  The roadway was closed for approximately 6 hours during the traffic crash investigation; all lanes reopened at 1:48 a.m.  

CHARGES:               Pending Investigation

Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/22/2020

There have been 458 confirmed cases and 56 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:

•             Female in her 30’s

•             Male under 20

•             Male under 20

Probable Cases:

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Female in her 30’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 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.”

Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/21/2020

There have been 455 confirmed cases and 54 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 11 new confirmed cases and 1 new probable cases since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

•             Male in his 80’s

•             Female in her 40’s

•             Female under 20

•             Female in her 40’s

•             Male in his 80’s

•             Female in her 80’s

•             Female in her 40’s

•             Male in his 70’s

•             Male in his 20’s

•             Female in her 80’s

•             Male in his 30’s

Probable Cases:

•             Male under 20

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 20, 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.”

 

Jesse White Announces Teen Driver Crash Fatalities Down 74%

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced today that teen driver deaths are down 74% since 2007. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), since White’s efforts to overhaul the state’s graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws took effect in 2008, teen driving fatalities have dropped 74%. Many cite White’s nationally heralded GDL program for the dramatic decrease in fatalities. “The goal has always been to save lives,” White said. “While our graduated driver licensing (GDL) program is working as intended with teen driving deaths decreasing, there is still more work to be done. My hope is that with hard work and continued open communication between my office, teens, parents and driver education teachers, teen fatalities will continue to decline.” In 2019, 41 teens were killed in traffic crashes, according to IDOT. In 2018, 48 teens were killed in crashes, IDOT reported. In 2007, the year before White’s stronger GDL laws took effect, 155 teens were killed in crashes. White reminds the public that this week is a time when parents and caregivers are encouraged to talk to teens about staying safe behind the wheel, as well as using seat belts, obeying the speed limit and not texting while driving or driving impaired. Illinois’ GDL program prepares teen drivers by giving them more time to obtain valuable driving experience while under the watchful eye of an adult, limiting in-car distractions and requiring teens to earn their way from one stage to the next by avoiding traffic convictions. White emphasized the important roles that parents, teachers and driver education instructors play in preparing safe and responsible teen drivers. State and national traffic safety organizations have praised Illinois’ stronger GDL program as one of the best in the nation. To learn more about the state’s GDL program, visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

State Agencies Highlight Continued Need for Fire Safety this Harvest Season

SPRINGFIELD – In recent days, dry conditions and gusty winds have fueled countless fires destroying miles of farmland, valuable equipment, structures and in some cases severely injuring those involved. Fires can occur at any time of year and anywhere in the country, including remote rural areas, state or national parks, or even in your backyard. Wildfires can be sparked from natural sources, such as lightning, or accidentally by humans via cigarettes, campfires or grills, or by mechanical sparks coming into contact with flammable materials. It is with that in mind that state officials are urging Illinois residents to heed the warnings issued by National Weather Service meteorologists and local officials to reduce the risk of fall fires.

The National Weather Service (NWS) will issue Red Flag Warnings when weather conditions, such as strong winds, low relative humidity and high temperatures, make for outdoor fire dangers. During these dangerous times, the NWS urges everyone to use extreme caution because a simple spark can create a major fire. Sparks or embers can blow into leaves or grass, igniting a fire that can quickly spread. 

“People need to heed the warnings when there is an elevated fire danger and think about the possible consequences of their actions. These fires not only cause damage to property, and could cost some people their livelihoods, but also put first responders in harm’s way who are trying to battle these fires which are preventable if people think and act responsibly,” said State Fire Marshal Matt Perez. 

Watches and warnings are issued by the National Weather Service and enforced by local officials. Watches are issued up to 72-hours before dangerous conditions are expected to occur; whereas, a warning is issued when the conditions are expected to occur or are occurring within the next 24-hours.

“This past week’s dry and windy conditions resulted in field fires across our state, adding stress to the harvest season,” said Jerry Costello II, IDOA Acting Director. “Our thoughts are with those farmers and their families that experienced crop loss. We encourage fire safety and fire prevention to be a part of every farmer’s farm safety plan."

“Mutual Aid resources are utilized daily at the local level to provide community to community assistance. When seconds count, a strong mutual aid system is an important lifeline to foster and develop,” said Alicia Tate-Nadeau, IEMA Director. “The team at the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) is a valuable partner to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the State of Illinois. This organization of trained professionals is a critical component of our robust mutual aid system, and those partnerships proved invaluable in recent days.”
 
Nearly nine out of 10 wildfires, nationally, are caused by humans and could have been prevented.  Before any fire happens, make sure your home or business is resistant to catching fire. This can be accomplished by clearing away debris and other flammable materials and using fire-resistant materials for landscaping and construction.

What You Should Know about Wildfires

• Know what to do before, during and after a wildfire;
• Learn your evacuation routes;
• Have emergency supplies in place at home, work and in the car;
• Listen to local officials for instructions and plan to evacuate if advised;
• Keep track of fires near your community or where you plan to vacation with https://fsapps.nwcg.gov/afm/index.php; and
• If you evacuated an area due to a wildfire, wait for public officials to say it is safe before returning.

Camping Fire and Burn Safety

Cooler temperatures make for great hiking and camping weather in Illinois.  Before you plan your next adventure, officials with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) encourage you to make fall fire prevention plan.

“Moving into fall, we’ve seen low humidity, dry ground and gusty winds, exponentially increasing the chances of wildland and forest fires,” said IDNR Director Colleen Callahan. “Even though we’re moving into the tail end of camping season, with conditions like these it’s incredibly important for campers to keep a close eye on warnings from the National Weather Service and always monitor campfires and stoves. A small spark can get out of hand in a matter of seconds.”

By following these safety tips, campers can help prevent fires at IDNR sites and even private campgrounds:

• At campgrounds at state parks and other IDNR-managed sites, fires are allowed in stoves, grills or other designated areas only. Large bonfires are not permitted without permission of the site superintendent.
• Have a supply of water or fire extinguisher and shovel readily available before building your fire.
• Never use a flammable liquid (especially gasoline) to start a fire or on hot coals.  Explosions can result.
• When near campfires and grills, wear snug-fitting, tightly woven, or short-sleeved garments.
• Pitch tents at least 15 feet upwind from grills and fire pits.
• Never leave a fire unattended.
• Before you leave your campsite, make sure coals are thoroughly extinguished before disposal.
• If your fire gets out of control, note your location and call 9-1-1 for assistance.

Learn more safety tips at www.ready.gov/wildfires.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 10/20/2020

On October 18th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Jake E. Baumgartner, age 291 of Gilman. According to police reports, Baumgartner was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear for possession of a hyperemic syringe. Baumgartner was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

 

On October 18th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Nikita L, Feig, age 31, of Watseka. According to police reportst Feig was charged with possession of a controlled substance. Feig was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released.

FATAL CRASH LAKE VILLAGE, IN+****** UPDATED **********

Driver’s name released.

 

Yesterday (10-19-20) the Newton County Sheriff’s Office reported a fatal crash that occurred in the Lake Village, IN area.

 

The name of the driver: Alex Kowalsky, 87 years old of Gary, IN.  Family has been notified.

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Captain S. Cothran, Chief Deputy

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FATAL CRASH LAKE VILLAGE, IN-

NEWTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE (10-19-20 12:55pm)

 

On Monday, October 19, 2020 at 10:35am, Newton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a vehicle in a field that had struck a tree.

 

The preliminary investigation indicates the passenger car had been southbound on US 41, south of Lake Village.  For unknown reasons, the vehicle left the roadway and traveled through a field striking a tree along a waterway (2 miles southwest of US 41 and SR 10).

 

The sole occupant (87 year old white male) was pronounced dead at the scene by the Newton County Coroner.

 

The crash is still an active investigation.  The name of the driver is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

 

Anyone that may have witnessed the crash is encouraged to contact Deputy Sprayberry at 219-474-6081 ext 3114.

 

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Lake Township Fire Dept, Newton County EMS and the Newton County Coroner.

Watseka Police Department News 10/20/2020

Watseka Police arrested Haley Strong, 27, Watseka, in the 200 block of W. Walnut at 3:34 p.m. on Oct. 16. Strong was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging her with possession of methamphetamine less than five grams. After her arrest, she was found to be in possession of hypodermic needles as well. She was taken to the county jail. 

 

Watseka Police investigated an accident in the 400 block of N. Veterans Parkway at 4:41 p.m. on Oct. 16. According to police reports, Walter Wigley, Charleston, Ind., was entering his 2009 Chevy when the wind caught his door and it struck a parked 2014 Chevy owned by Brian Anderson of Milford. Damage was estimated at over $1,500. No citations or injuries were reported. 

 

Watseka Police investigated an accident at the S. Second St. railroad crossing at 2:07 p.m. on Oct. 17. According to reports,, a 2001 Ford operated by Henry Pavlak, Watseka, attempted to stop for the lowered crossing gate but an object had rolled behind the brake pedal, forcing him to drive through the gate to avoid the oncoming train. Damage was estimated at over $1,500. No injuries or citations were reported. 

Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/20/2020

As of 10/19/20 there have been 444 confirmed cases and 53 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 12 new confirmed cases and 1 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 in his 60’s

•             Male in his 60’s

•             Female in her 60’s

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Male in his 60’s

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Female in her 70’s

•             Female in her 30’s

•             Male under 20

•             Female under 20

•             Male in his 40’s

Probable Cases:

•             Female in her 30’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 19, 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.”

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 10/17/2020

On October 14th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Matthew E. Conley, age 38, of

Watseka. According to police reports, Conley was charged with theft under $500, criminal trespass to a residence, and possession of a hypodermic needle. He was placed in custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

On October 14th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Stephanie R. Lowhorn, age 46, of Watseka, According to police reports, Lowhorn was charged with theft under $500, criminal trespass to a residence, and possession of a hypodermic needle. She was placed in custody and transported to the Iroquojs County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released.

 

On October 13th , 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a train vs. vehicle accident.

According to police reports a vehicle driven by Kaleb A. Harris of Sheldon, was traveling South on Co. Rd. 2900 E. near W. Cottage Sts in Sheldon. As Harris approached the railroad crossing, he failed to see an oncoming train, moving at a very stow speed. The train operated by TP&W struck Harris's vehicle causing damage to the driver's side quarter panel. No injuries were reported and no citations issued.

 

On October 15th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident.

According to police reports a vehicle driven by Nicholas L. Broz of Milford was traveling West On Co. Rd, 1000 N, near Co. Rd, 2850 E. when a deer ran into the roadway and was struck by Broz. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

 

On October 17th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Stephanie R. Lowhom, age 461 of Watseka. According to police reports, Lowhorn was wanted on an outstanding Kankakee County warrant, she was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, She was placed in custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she remains in lieu of bond.

Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/17/2020

There have been 432 confirmed cases and 53 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 3 new confirmed cases and 1 new probable cases since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

•             Male 50’s

•             Female 20’s

•             Male 40’s

Probable Cases:

•             Male in his 20’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 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.”

Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/16/2020

There have been 429 confirmed cases and 52 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 5 new confirmed cases and 4 new probable cases since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

•             Female in her 60’s

•             Male in his 20’s

•             Female in her 50’s

•             Female in her 60’s

•             Male in his 40’s

Probable Cases:

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Female in her 70’s

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Female in her 20’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 15, 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.”

Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/15/2020

There have been 424 confirmed cases and 48 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 9 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 60’s

•             Male in his 50’s

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Male in his 30’s

•             Male in his 60’s

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Female in her 40’s

•             Male in his 60’s

•             Male in his 40’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 14, 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.”

WACC seeking nominations

The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce’s mission is “To promote the economic, civic, and social well-being of the people in the Watseka area, and conduct activities for the direct or indirect benefit of its members and the larger community”.  The responsibilities of a Board Member of this organization are to serve the Chamber as its ambassador, represent the members, and coordinate events to support the community, to name just a few.

 

To be a Board Member for the Chamber is a great opportunity and truly an honor.  That being said, the Chamber is seeking nominations for the 2021 Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  If you know of someone who would be a good match for this responsibility please nominate them.  Names must be submitted by email or in writing by November 1st, 2020 to the WACC office.  If you have any questions please contact Amanda Hibbs, Executive Director.

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 October 10, 2020 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 0 Other Alcohol/Drug Citations 1 Occupant Restraint Offenses 0 Registration Offenses 4 Driver’s License Offenses 11 Insurance Violations 2 Total Citations/Arrests 23 Total Written Warnings 33 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. 

Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/14/2020

There have been 415 confirmed cases and 48 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 26 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:

•             Female under 10

•             Male in his 50’s

•             Female in her 40’s

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Female in her 50’s

•             Male in his 30’s

•             Male in his 60’s

•             Male in his 60’s

•             Male under 10

•             Female in her 60’s

•             Female in her 30’s

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Female in her 60’s

•             Female in her 50’s

•             Male in his 70’s

•             Female under 10

•             Female in her 50’s

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Female in her 40’s

•             Female under 20

•             Female in her 30’s

•             Female in her 50’s

•             Female in her 40’s

•             Female in her 50’s

•             Female in her 40’s

Probable Cases:

•             Male under 20

•             Female in her 30’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 13, 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.”

 

ISP Multi-Vehicle Fatal Traffic Crash on I57

ISP FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH ALERT

 

The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police

District 21

 

 

WHAT:                      Multi Vehicle Fatal Traffic Crash

 

WHERE:                   Interstate 57 Northbound at Milepost 266, Iroquois County

 

WHEN:                      Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, 12:53 a.m.

 

VEHICLE:                Unit 1:  2019 Red Honda Civic

                                    Unit 2:  2010 Tan Ford Fusion

                                    Unit 3:  2020 White Truck Tractor Semi-Trailer                       

                                                                       

DRIVER:                   Unit 1: 26-year-old male of Onarga, IL (Deceased)

 

Unit 2: Kenjuan S. Brown Jr., 19-year-old male of Rantoul, IL (Transported to a local area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries)

 

Unit 3: Jose C. Aguilar, 33-year-old male of Eagle Pass, TX (Transported to a local area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries)

                       

 

PASSENGER:           Unit 2: Deandra M. Johnson, 21-year-old female of Beaverville, IL (Transported to a local area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries)

 

                                    Unit 2:  21-year-old female of Pembroke Township, IL (Deceased)

 

                                    Unit 2:  3-week-old infant of Beaverville, IL (Air lifted to a local area hospital with life threatening injuries)                                    

                                   

 

PRELIMINARY:      Preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: Unit 1 was traveling southbound on Interstate 57 at milepost 266.  For an unknown reason, Unit 1 crossed through the center median and struck Unit 2, which was traveling northbound at milepost 266.  Unit 3 was traveling northbound and struck Unit 2 causing Unit 2 back seat passengers to be ejected.  Unit 1 driver and Unit 2 passenger were pronounced deceased on scene by the Iroquois County Coroner.  The roadway was shut down for approximately 8 hours for traffic crash investigation.

Fatal Car Crash in Iroquois County

On October 11th , 2020. Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle fatal accident at the intersection of Co- Rd. 2525 E. and 2400 N, Preliminary investigation shows a vehicle driven by Dennis E. Lade, age 64, of Donovan was traveling east on Co. Rd. 2400 N. when his vehicle left the roadway. Lade continued through an open field east of the intersection where he then collided with the ditch embankment on the south side of 2400 N. Lade's vehicle continued across 2400 N, and into another open field before coming to a rest, Lade was examined by members of Riverside EMS and the Donovan Fire Dept. before being pronounced deceased at the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 10/13/2020

On October 11th y 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Kamren T. Bobo, age 20, of Kankakee. According to police repojts, Bobo was wanted on an outstanding Kankakee County warrant charging him with failure to appear for traffic offence. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

On October 7th , 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Koree L, Watson, age 25, of Buckley. According to police reports, Sheriffs Deputies were dispatched to a rural Loda address in reference to a reported disturbance. After an investigation it was discovered Watson intentionally drove her 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe into the driver's side of a 2019 Buick Enclave that was occupied by two subjects. Watson was charged with criminal damage to property $10,000 to $100,000, aggravated battery, and reckless conduct. Watson was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released. One occupant of the Enclave was transported to Carle Hospital for injuries sustained in the collision.

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE DISTRICT 21 ANNOUNCES CRIMINAL PATROL DETAIL RESULTS

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 made 9 arrests and wrote 33 citations and 36 warnings during a collaborative detail on Oct. 8, 2020, focused on reducing criminal activity, apprehending fugitives of the law, and promoting safety by reducing violence throughout Kankakee County.

 

“Our Troopers are committed to reducing violence in our communities and on our roadways,” stated ISP District 21 Commander Captain Don Harsy. “We will continue to educate the public and enforce the laws of Illinois to reduce crime in Kankakee County and beyond,” added Captain Harsy.

 

Troopers logged the following enforcement activity during the detail:

 

Citations Issued

33

Written Warnings Issued

36

Civil Cannabis Citations

4

Driving Under the Influence Arrests

1

Other Criminal Arrests

4

Warrant Arrests

5

Gun Recoveries

2

 

The detail resulted in one charge of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, one charge of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm with Defaced Serial Number, one charge of Aggravated Driving Under the Influence, and one charge of Obstructing Identification.

 

 

The public is reminded that all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/10/2020

There have been 389 confirmed cases and 46 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 6 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:

•             Female in her 50’s

•             Male in his 30’s

•             Female in her 30’s

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Male in his 70’s

•             Female under 10

Probable Cases:

•             Female in her 30’s

•             Female in her 80’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 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.”

Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/8/2020

There have been 378 confirmed cases and 44 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 30’s

•             Female in her 50’s

•             Male in his 50’s

•             Female in her 50’s

•             Male under 20

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Female in her 70’s

•             Male in his 20’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 7, 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.”

 

ISP District 21 Announces September Activity and Enforcement

– Illinois State Police District 21 Commander, Captain Don Aaron Harsy, announced today activity and enforcement figures for September 2020. Illinois State Police District 21 Troopers issued 439 citations, 720 written warnings, including 11 DUIs, 34 seatbelt citations, and 26 criminal arrests. Troopers also assisted 110 motorists, conducted 232 Motor Carrier Inspections, and investigated 57 traffic crashes. There was two fatal crashes investigated by District 21 in September 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.

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 October 5th, 2020. 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 18 Child Restraint Citations 0 Total Citations 26 Total Written Warnings 14 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. “Click It or Ticket”

Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/7/2020

There have been 370 confirmed cases and 44 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 0 new confirmed cases and 2 new probable cases since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Probable Cases:

•             Male in his 80’s

•             Female in her 60’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 6, 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.”

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 10/6/2020

On October 3 rd , Iroquois County Sheriffs Police report Wendall Trumps, 32, of Bluffton, IN, turned himself in on a Coles County warrant for Failure to Appear on the original charge of Expired Registration. Trumps posted the required bond and was released.

 

On October 4th, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Eric Gregory of Thawville. According to police reports, Gregory was charged with Disorderly Conduct. Gregory was taken to the Iroquois county jail where he later posted the required bond and was released.

 

On October 5th, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police responded to a single vehicle accident involving a car vs deer. According to police, Darrel Clatterbuck was driving westbound on county road 2000 N. near 2230 E. when a deer entered the roadway. Clatterbuck was unable to avoid colliding with the deer, causing damage to his 2014 Chevy Silverado. No citations were issued and no injuries were reported.

 

On October 5th, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police responded to a two vehicle accident in Iroquois, IL.

According to police, the driver of unit 1, Izaak Matthews, was traveling eastbound on Lincoln Ave. in Iroquois. Matthews stopped at the intersection, however had to move forward past the stop sign due to his view being obstructed by another vehicle. Matthews then observed another vehicle coming southbound on Main St. Matthews attempted to avoid collision with that vehicle by backing up, however backed into Unit 2 being driven by Thomas Freehill. Matthews stated he was unable to see Freehill behind him due to the sun. No citations were issued and no injuries were reported.

 

On October 5th , Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Michael Birch- According to police, Birch was observed driving by sheriffs deputies. Sheriffs deputies knew Birch to have a revoked license. Birch  was charged with Driving While License Revoked. Birch was taken to the Iroquois County Jail where he was later released on an I-bond.

 

On October 6th , Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested Misty Janssen. According to police, Sheriffs Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Janssen's vehicle. A probable cause search was conducted on Janssen's vehicle. During the search, Deputies located a controlled substance. Janssen was taken to the Iroquois County Jail and later released on an I-bond.

Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/6/2020

There have been 370 confirmed cases and 42 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 Cases:

•             Female in her 40’s

•             Male in his 50’s

•             Female in her 60’s

•             Female in her 40’s

•             Female in her 30’s

Probable Cases:

•             Female in her 50’s

 

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.”

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 10/3/2020

On September 29th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Andrew E. Thompson, age 56, of Hoopeston. According to police reports, Thompson was charged with thef under $500 and criminal trespass to property. He was placed in custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.



On September 28th , 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Co. Rd. 100 N. and 2600 E. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Blake M. Clifton, age 44, of Perkins, Oklahoma was traveling west on 100 N. Clifton failed to yield to the right of way at the intersection resulting in him striking a northbound vehicle on 2600 E. driven by Tyler D. Rieches, age 36 of Milford. No injuries were reported and Clifton was cited for failure to yield right of way
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Iroquois County now has a mass notification system

Iroquois County now has a mass notification system to warn residents about local emergencies, hazards, and other threats. Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency has chosen Hyper-Reach to bring this life-saving capability to the area. Hyper-Reach is a state of the art mass emergency notification system designed specifically for public safety. The new emergency alert system will provide rapid notification of hazardous and urgent situations using a mix of telephone calls, text and email messages, smart speaker alerts and other advanced alerting methods. The system sends thousands of these messages to geographically targeted households in seconds, and can simultaneously deliver them to an even broader audience via social media, as well as sending broadcast messages to most current mobile telephones in an affected area using FEMA’s Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system. Iroquois County plans to use the service primarily for alerts about weather and environmental hazards. Landline phones are automatically enrolled for community alerts, but weather alerts to landline phones and community and weather alerts to mobile phones and email addresses are only included when people enroll. Residents and people who work in Iroquois County are encouraged to enroll now either by calling or texting “Alert” to (779) 218-9348 or by going to the website http://hyper-reach.com/iliroquoissignup.html. Residents can get emergency alerts via their Alexa-enabled smart speakers just by saying “Alexa, enable Hyper-Reach” and following the Alexa-provided instructions. Residents can also download the Hyper-Reach Anywhere app on their smartphone. Hyper-Reach Anywhere is a free smartphone app that allows individual citizens to manage and monitor the alerts they receive, both for their home and office addresses and for other addresses they care about such as those of elderly relatives or friends. For further questions on how to sign-up for community and weather alerts, public can call the EMA office at (815) 432- 6997.

Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/2/2020

there have been 365 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 October 1, 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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