WIQI News Archives for 2020-12

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 12/31/2020

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested George Elpers, 39, Milford on Dec. 27. According to police reports, Elpers was charged with possession of methamphetamine and obstructing justice. Elpers was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

 

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Melinda Hall, 33, Watseka on Dec. 27. According to police reports, Hall was charged with possession of methamphetamine and bringing contraband into a penal institution. Hall was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she remains in lieu of bond.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 12/31/2020

As of 12/30/20 there have been 1,982 confirmed cases and 324 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 15 new cases since our last update. 1 additional individual has passed away with COVID-19. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by this loss.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 12/30/2020. 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.”

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Two Vehicle Personal Injury Traffic Crash

WHAT: Two Vehicle Personal Injury Traffic Crash WHERE: Illinois Route 47 at Ford County .050 North Rd. WHEN: Dec. 29, 2020 at approximately 10:45p.m. VEHICLE: Unit 1- Gray, 2001 BMW Unit 2- 2002 Pontiac DRIVER: Unit 1- Dewey Couch, a 60-year-old male of Rankin, IL (Transported to an area hospital with serious injuries) DRIVER: Unit 2- Donald Chapman, a 57-year-old male of Champaign, IL PRELIMINARY: A preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: Unit 1 was traveling southbound on IL. Route 47, just north of Ford Co. .050 North Rd. Unit 1 had its exterior lights deactivated as the vehicle was attempting to elude the Gibson City Police Department following an attempted traffic stop. Unit 2 was traveling northbound on IL. Route 47 when it was sideswiped by Unit 1. Unit 1 continued south for approximately 1 tenth of a mile and ran off the roadway into a farm field. Unit 1 overturned and the driver was ejected. Unit 1 driver was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. CHARGES: Pending Investigation

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 12/30/2020

As of 12/29/20 there have been 1,972 confirmed cases and 319 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 14 new cases since our last update. 1 additional individual has passed away with COVID-19. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by this loss.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 12/29/2020. 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.”

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January is 'Radon Action Month' in Illinois

IEMA, American Lung Association Encourages Home Radon Testing

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is urging residents to take time in the coming weeks to test their home for radon as part of Radon Action Month.  Radon related health risks are preventable with a simple home detection test. 

 

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is recognized as the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium and radium in the soil. This odorless, colorless, tasteless gas is found all over the United States in the air that we breathe in buildings, homes, offices and if not properly mitigated can reach drastically high levels causing major health concerns. It’s estimated more than 1,100 people in Illinois develop radon-related lung cancer each year.

 

“With more people staying home, working and learning remotely, this is a great time to test your home for radon,” said IEMA Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau. “Radon enters our homes through cracks and other holes in the structure’s foundation or crawl space. Homes trap radon where it can build up once inside. It’s important to note that radon can be found in older buildings and new constructions. A simple home test is an inexpensive and easy way to know if you and your family is at risk of exposure.”  

 

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the American Lung Association in Illinois (ALAIL) are teaming up to increase public awareness of radon risks and ways to reduce radon exposure.  IEMA and ALAIL announced the continuation of two statewide contest that encourages students to use their creative talents to promote radon awareness. The Radon Video Contest asks Illinois high school students to create a 30 second commercial style video, while the Radon Poster Contest asks middle school students to create a poster that will encourage people to test their homes for radon.

 

Radon Poster Contest           

Radon Video Contest

Eligibility

Students Age 9-14

All High School Students

Registration Status

Now Open

Now Open

Submissions Due

March 5

March 21

First Prize

$200

$1000 (student), $300 (school)

Second Prize

$150

$750 (student), $200 (school)

Third Prize

$100

$500 (student), $100 (school)

Honorable Mention

n/a

$250 (student)


All contest prizes are funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Both contests are sponsored by IEMA, ALAIL and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5.

In 2020, Illinois took home top honors in the National Radon Video Contest. The video, What’s Your Radon, was produced by Girl Scout Troop 41592 and comprised of students from Barrington High School. The top posters and videos from the 2020 state contests can be viewed on IEMA’s radon website at www.radon.illinois.gov.   The website also includes information about radon and lists of licensed measurement and mitigation professionals.  Information is also available through IEMA’s Radon Hotline at 800-325-1245.

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Watseka Police News 12/29/2020

 

Watseka Police arrested Tonya Edwards, 44, Hoopeston on Dec. 23. According to police reports, Watseka Police responded to a report of a shoplifter at Walmart at 12:02 p.m. after Edwards was observed not scanning all of her items at the self-checkout and stopped after attempting to exit the store. She posted the proper bond and was released.

 

 

Watseka Police responded to an accident at the intersection of Walnut and Laird Ln. at 3:55 p.m. on Dec. 23. According to police reports, a 2004 Chrysler, operated by Charles Knighten, Gilman, was southbound on Laird Ln. and pulled into the path of a westbound 2011 Chevy operated by Vickie Giles of Ashkum. Giles was unable to avoid the Knighten vehicle and they collided. Giles was transported by Riverside EMS to IMH ER for minor injuries. Knighten was cited for failing to yield at an intersection. Damage was estimated at over $1500 to both vehicles and Watseka Fire assisted police at the scene.

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 12/28/2020

As of 12/28/20 there have been 1,959 confirmed cases and 318 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 44 new cases since our last update. 1 additional individual has passed away with COVID-19. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by this loss.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 12/28/2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

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

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Iroquois County police investigate double fatal crash

The Iroquois County Sheriff's Department is investigating a two-vehicle crash Saturday that left a Woodland couple dead and sent two teens to an Urbana hospital.

The crash occurred at the intersection of 1400N and 1500E, approximately 5 miles west of Woodland and about 5 miles southwest of Watseka. The accident occurred shortly after midnight early Saturday. The exact time of the accident has not been given.

Dominic Smith, 55, and his wife, Kimberly Smith, 60, were pronounced dead at the scene by the Iroquois County Coroner's Office, according to a news release from the Iroquois County Sheriff.

 

Police said 18-year-old Blake Martell, of Watseka, was southbound on 1500E Road when he failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with the Smiths' vehicle.

Both vehicles ran off the road and into a nearby field.

Dominic Smith and Kimberly Smith were both ejected from their vehicle.

Martell, along with a 17-year-old juvenile passenger, were also ejected from their vehicle.

They were both airlifted to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana for treatment of their injuries.

Dominic Smith, a U.S. Army veteran, was a firefighter with the Champaign Fire Department for 16 years, according to a post on the department's Facebook page. He had been assigned to the department's Station 6, in southwest Champaign.

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 12/28/2020

There have been 1,921 confirmed cases and 312 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 15 new cases since our last update.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 12/24/2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

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

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 12/24/2020

There have been 1,909 confirmed cases and 309 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 15 new cases since our last update.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 12/23/2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

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

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ISP INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC CRASH WITH INJURY

WHAT:                      Single Vehicle Traffic Crash with Injury

 

WHERE:                   US Route 45 southbound at 1350N, approximately four miles north of Tuscola, Douglas County.

 

WHEN:                      Dec. 22, 2020 at 4:30 P.M.

 

VEHICLE:                Unit 1 – 2004 Harley Davidson Motorcycle

 

DRIVER:                   Unit 1 – Jeramiah A. Mckenzie, a 34-year-old male from Tuscola, IL – Airlifted to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

 

PRELIMINARY:      Preliminary investigative details indicate the following occurred: Unit 1 was traveling southbound on US Route 45 near 1350N in Douglas County. The drive of unit 1 lost control and left the roadway to the right. The driver was ejected from the motorcycle. The driver of Unit 1 was airlifted to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No further information will be disseminated at this time.

 

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 12/23/2020

As of 12/22/20 there have been 1,895 confirmed cases and 308 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 11 new cases since our last update.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 12/22/2020. 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.”

 

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 12/22/2020

As of 12/21/20 there have been 1,890 confirmed cases and 302 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 34 new cases since our last update. 1 additional individual has passed away with COVID-19. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by this loss.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 12/21/2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

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

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ISP Fatal Traffic Crash Alert

WHAT: Single Vehicle Fatal Traffic Crash


WHERE: Interstate 57 Northbound at Milepost 319, Kankakee County


WHEN: Dec. 20, 2020 at approximately 4:32 p.m.


VEHICLE: Unit 1- 2002 Maroon Pontiac Grand Prix


DRIVER: Unit 1- 30-year old male of Kankakee, IL (Deceased)


PRELIMINARY: A preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: Unit 1 was
traveling northbound on Interstate 57 near the Bourbonnais Parkway Exit,
Milepost 319. For an unknown reason the driver of Unit 1 lost control of
the vehicle and went into the ditch. The driver and sole occupant of Unit 1
was ejected from the vehicle and suffered life threatening injuries. The
driver was transported by Superior Air-Ground Ambulance service to an
area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.


The northbound lanes of Interstate 57 were shut down for the helicopter
landing at approximately 5:00 p.m. and re-opened at approximately 5:25
p.m.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 12/19/2020

There have been 1,860 confirmed cases and 298 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 25 new cases since our last update. 1 additional individual has passed away with COVID-19. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by this loss.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 12/18/2020. 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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Jesse White Awards more than $752,000 in "Back to Books" Grants

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded $752,835 in “Back to Books” grants to 187 Illinois libraries for fiction and nonfiction books. “It is important that our libraries have access to a diverse collection of books available for knowledge and enjoyment,” said White. “These grants are a great way for libraries to encourage reading and get more people to utilize their local library.” Libraries submitted applications specifying the types of books that were needed. Requests included:

 

· Building collections in women’s studies and sociology.

· New materials in science, technology, engineering and math(STEM).

· Cultural, geographical and travel books.

· Spanish-language fiction and nonfiction books and audiobooks.

· Large-print books for senior citizens on topics related to retirement such as health, hobbies, finances and technology.

· Biographies and books on local, state, national and world history.

· E-books to support remote learning.

· Award-winning books such as Caldecott and Illinois Reads titles.

· Do-it-yourself projects, hobbies and craftsmanship subjects. Awards ranged from $465 to $4,900 per library and were made possible by federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 12/18/2020

There have been 1,842 confirmed cases and 291 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 12 new cases since our last update.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 12/17/2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

 

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

 

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 12/17/2020

There have been 1,834 confirmed cases and 287 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 28 new cases since our last update. 1 additional individual has passed away with COVID-19. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by this loss.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 12/16/2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

 

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

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IDPH Covid-19 update 12/16/2020

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 7,123 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 146 additional deaths.

 

- Adams County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s
- Christian County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 80s
- Clay County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 100+
- Cook County: 1 female 40s, 1 male 40s, 3 males 50s, 3 females 60s, 3 males 60s, 9 females 70s, 3 males 70s, 8 females 80s, 3 males 80s, 1 female 90s, 2 males 90s, 1 female 100+
- DeKalb County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
- DuPage County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
- Effingham County: 1 male 90s
- Fayette County: 1 female 80s
- Fulton County: 1 female 90s
- Grundy County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
- Iroquois County: 1 female 90s
- Jackson County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s
- Jefferson County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s
- Jersey County: 1 female 80s
- Kane County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 70s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
- Kankakee County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s
- Knox County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 60s
- Lake County: 1 male 60s
- LaSalle County: 1 female 80s
- Livingston County: 1 female 90s
- Macon County: 1 male 70s
- Macoupin County: 1 female 90s
- Madison County: 1 female 60s, 2 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 males 80s
- Marion County: 2 males 70s
- Massac County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
- McDonough County: 1 female 70s
- McHenry County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 90s
- McLean County: 1male 70s
- Menard County: 1 male 90s
- Mercer County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s
- Monroe County: 1 male 70s
- Montgomery County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s
- Ogle County: 1 male 80s
- Peoria County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s
- Perry County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
- Piatt County: 1 female 70s
- Randolph County: 1 male 90s
- Richland County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 80s
- Rock Island County: 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s
- Sangamon County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 2 males 90s
- St. Clair County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s
- Stark County: 1 female 80s
- Stephenson County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 90s
- Tazewell County: 1 female 80s
- Vermilion County: 1 female 80s
- Washington County: 2 females 90s
- Will County: 1 female 50s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
- Williamson County: 1 male 70s
- Winnebago County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 2 males 80s

 

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 870,600 cases, including 14,655 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 93,278 specimens for a total 12,055,288. As of last night, 4,793 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 1,045 patients were in the ICU and 590 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.
 
The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from December 9 – December 15, 2020 is 8.5%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from December 9 – December 15, 2020 is 10.3%.

 

*All data are provisional and will change. In order to rapidly report COVID-19 information to the public, data are being reported in real-time. Information is constantly being entered into an electronic system and the number of cases and deaths can change as additional information is gathered.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 12/16/2020

There have been 1,812 confirmed cases and 282 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 18 new cases since our last update. 3 additional individuals have passed away with COVID-19. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by these losses.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 12/15/2020. 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.”

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New Minimum Wage Rates Set to Take Effect on New Year's Day

SPRINGFIELD – Illinoisans will ring in the New Year with an additional increase in the minimum wage to $11 an hour, and the Illinois Department of Labor is encouraging employees to watch their paychecks to ensure that time worked in 2021 is paid at the new rate.

 

Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation into law in 2019 providing a path to a $15 minimum wage by 2025. Minimum wage earners received two increases in 2020 to $9.25 an hour on January 1 followed by an increase to $10 an hour on July 1. The minimum wage will continue to increase an additional $1 an hour each January 1 until it reaches $15 an hour in 2025.

 

“We want to make sure that workers earning minimum wage are aware that the $1 increase should be reflected in their pay checks for any time they work after the first of the year,” said Michael Kleinik, director of the Illinois Department of Labor. “While we fully expect employers will pay the new wage, we also want workers to be aware of the change.”

 

Prior to the 2020 increases, the last time Illinois increased its minimum wage was more than a decade ago in 2010 when it was raised to $8.25. Cook County has a higher minimum wage than the state, currently $13 an hour. The current city of Chicago minimum wage is $13.50 an hour for small employers (4 to 20 employees) and $14 an hour for large employers (21 or more employees).

 

A recent study by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute at the University of Illinois indicated that more than 1.4 million adult hourly workers in Illinois make less than $15 per hour.

 

The new law maintains provisions for employers to count gratuities to offset wages for workers such as food servers who regularly earn tips. Tipped employees may be paid 60 percent of the hourly minimum wage. These workers must still earn the minimum wage after receiving tips or the employer must make up the difference.

 

Workers who are under 18 years old and work fewer than 650 hours in a year will earn a minimum wage of $8.50 per hour beginning January 1. The youth minimum wage rate will gradually rise to $13 an hour by 2025.

 

All Illinois employers are required to post the “Your Rights Under Illinois Employment Laws” in a conspicuous location on the premises of the employer where notices to employees are customarily posted. The color poster, which also covers other Illinois labor laws, can be found here in English and Spanish: https://www2.illinois.gov/idol/Employers/Pages/posters.aspx

 

Employees with problems regarding the minimum wage can file a complaint with IDOL at the following link: https://www2.illinois.gov/idol/Pages/Complaints.aspx  or call 312-793-2800.

 

                                                               New Minimum Wage Rates

1-1-2021                                                                                                                     $11.00

1-1-2022                                                                                                                     $12.00

1-1-2023                                                                                                                     $13.00

1-1-2024                                                                                                                     $14.00

1-1-2025                                                                                                                     $15.00

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 12/15/2020

December 11th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Co. Rd. 70 E. 225 N. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Jacob A, Parish, age 21, of Mahomet was traveling north on 70 E. when he began to drift into the southbound lane. Parish left the roadway and struck a tree causing minor injuries, NO citations were issued,

 

On December 13th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Co. Rd. 2700 E. near 3150 N. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Tanya M, Hanson, age 40, of Donovan was traveling north on 2700 E. when she failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway- Hanson lost control of her vehicle on the curve and struck a guardrail causing over $1500 in damage. Hanson showed signs of alcohol impairment and was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and driving under the influence of alcohol, Hanson was transported to St. Mary's Hospital for minor injuries,

 

On December 12th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Corey Renwick, age 18, of Momence. According to police reports, Renwick was charged with burglary to a toolshed, burglary to a motor vehicle, and theft under $500. Renwick was placed in custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond,

 

On December 12th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Stephen Ramsey, age 39, of Sheldon. According to police reports, Ramsey was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear for burglary, He was placed in custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond,

 

On December 12th, 2020, Milford Police arrested Eric Deaton, age 39, of Milford, According to police reports, Deaton was wanted on an outstanding Illinois Department of Corrections warrant. In addition, Deaton was charged with possession of a hypodermic syringe and possession of methamphetamine. He was placed in custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remalns in lieu Of bond.
On December 12th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Nicole Janssen, age 33. According to police reports, Janssen was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant Charging her with failure to appear for domestic battery. She was placed in custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she remains in Ileu of bond.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 12/15/2020

As of 12/14/20 there have been 1,799 confirmed cases and 277 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 43 new cases since our last update.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 12/14/2020. 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.”

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IDPH Covid-19 Update 12/14/2020

Public Health Officials Announce 7,214 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 7,214 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 103 additional deaths.

 

- Boone County: 1 male 80s
- Cook County: 1 male 20s, 1 female 40s, 2 males 40s, 3 females 50s, 3 males 50s, 11 females 60s, 14 males 60s, 9 females 70s, 7 males 70s, 5 females 80s, 12 males 80s, 11 females 90s, 9 males 90s
- Fayette County: 1 female 80s
- Jackson County: 1 male 60s
- Kane County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
- Lake County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s
- LaSalle County: 1 female 80s
- Mason County: 1 male 60s
- McHenry County: 1 female 90s
- Monroe County: 1 male 70s
- St. Clair County: 1 male 70s
- Wabash County: 1 female 80s
- Will County: 1 female 70s

 

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 856,118 cases, including 14,394 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 92,256 specimens for a total 11,869,088. As of last night, 4,951 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 1,070 patients were in the ICU and 621 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

 

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from December 7 – December 13, 2020 is 8.7%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from December 7 – December 13, 2020 is 10.3%.

 

*All data are provisional and will change. In order to rapidly report COVID-19 information to the public, data are being reported in real-time. Information is constantly being entered into an electronic system and the number of cases and deaths can change as additional information is gathered.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

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Illinois State Police Announce Roadside Safety Check Results 12/04/2020

Illinois State Police Announce Roadside Safety Check Results

 

Pesotum – Illinois State Police (ISP) District 10 Commander, Captain Louis Kink, announces the results of a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) held in Vermilion County from late night December 12, 2020 to early morning December 13, 2020. The RSC was conducted at Illinois Route 1 southbound at Ross Lane, by District 10 officers.

 

Violations Enforcement Activity

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Citations 1

Other Alcohol/Drug Citations 2

Occupant Restraint Offenses 1

Registration Offenses 1

Driver’s License Offenses 6

Insurance Violations 14

Total Citations/Arrests 17

Total Written Warnings 17

 

Alcohol and drug impairment is a factor in more than 30 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois, and throughout the U.S., nearly 10,000 people die each year due to alcohol-impaired driving. RSCs are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road. This project was funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 12/12/2020

There have been 1,761 confirmed cases and 272 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 38 new cases since our last update.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 12/11/2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

 

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

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 12/11/2020

On December 8th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police Investigated a two vehicle accident on County Road 2000 E approx, % mile north Ot 1400 N. A vehicle driven by Michael A- Hoekstra, age 22, of Sheldon was traveling south on 2000 E when it lost a wooden pallet with cardboard boxes. A vehicle driven by Carey M. Barfield, age 441 of Buckley was traveling north on 2000 E and struck the patEet right after it entered her lane from the other vehicle, Barfield's vehicle had over $1500 in damage. Minor injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

 

On December 9th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriff$ Police investigated a car vs. deer accident on County Road 3400 N at 700 E Rd. A vehicle driven by Andrea G, Marquez, age 231 of Ashkum was traveling east on 3400 N when a deer ran into the roadway. Marquez was unable to avoid the deer, striking it and causing over $1500 in damage. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued,

 

On December 9tn, 2020, Milford Police arrested Johnathan D, Britton, age 28, of Chicago. Milford Police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by Britton which initially stopped but then took off at a high rate of speed, Milford Police pursued the vehicle at a high rate of speed when the vehicle attempted to turn and went into the northwest ditch at the St Rt 1 and 1400 N Rd intersection, Britton was charged with Agg. Fleeing and Eluding, Driving While License Revoked, and Speeding 120mph in a 55mph zone. Britton was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in custody. The Milford Police Department was assisted by Iroquois County Sheriffs Police.

 

 
   



On December 1 0th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Brittany N. EaJy, age 29, of Sheldon. A traffic stop was conducted on Rt. 45 just south of Buckley on a vehicle reported stolen in Arizona. Ealy was found to be the driver and was placed under arrest Ealy was charged with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Speeding and was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she remains in custody.

On December 10th, 2020, Clifton Police arrested Anthony L, Fisk, age 40i Of Ashkum. Clifton Police initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle that would not stop and led to a short pursuit, Fisk was found to be the driver and was charged with Agg. Fleeing and Eluding, Driving While License Suspended, and Disobeying Traffic Control Devices. Fisk was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update

there have been 1,727 confirmed cases and 268 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 30 new cases since our last update.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 12/10/2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

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

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update

there have been 1,701 confirmed cases and 264 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 22 new cases since our last update. 2 additional individuals have passed away with COVID-19. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by these losses.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 12/09/2020. 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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Robinson Chiropractic's "Give Back" Program Generously Donates Over $3,700 to the Iroquois Memorial Hospice Memorial Fund

- Iroquois Memorial Hospice is very grateful to Robinson Chiropractic’s “Give Back” Program for the generous donation of $3,780. Robinson Chiropractic’s “Give Back” Program lets all new patients to Robinson Chiropractic receive an exam, consultation and one set of x-rays for only $40. The proceeds of their new patient 1st day services then go to a charity of their choosing. For the months of September and October Robinson Chiropractic chose to donate to Iroquois Memorial Hospice. So far, Robinson Chiropractic of Watseka’s “Give Back” Program has helped Harbour House, Kiwanis, Iroquois Memorial Hospice and The Bread Basket Food Pantry. Now, for the month of December, proceeds for new patient 1st day services will go to Food From the Heart through the 1st United Methodist Church. The donation from Robinson Chiropractic will be added to the Iroquois Memorial Hospice Memorial Fund. Money for this fund is usually raised at the Annual Hospice Brunch. However, this year, in lieu of the Annual Brunch, Iroquois Memorial Hospice sought support through a Write-A-Check Campaign. The Iroquois Memorial Hospice Write-A-Check Campaign was very successful, with Robinson Chiropractic being the top donor. This donation will drastically help Iroquois Memorial Hospice in assisting the needs of hospice patients in our community. The money raised helps to finance items for patients that are not covered by their insurance or Medicare, such as medications, durable medical equipment, and other supplies. "Although our brunch was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our community response to the IMH Hospice Memorial Fund has been extremely generous. The purchases made with these funds have improved the comfort level for our Hospice patients in the end stages of life for over two decades." La-Zann Yana, IMH Hospice Volunteer Coordinator - Outreach. Iroquois Memorial Hospice is very grateful to Robinson Chiropractic of Watseka for selecting them to be the recipient of the September 2020 and October 2020 “Give Back” Program funds. The community has come together in an amazing way this year. Iroquois Memorial Hospice would like to thank everyone who donated to the Memorial Fund, and in turn helped patients in the end stages of their life. Iroquois Memorial Hospice accepts donations year round. If you are interested in donating to the Iroquois Memorial Hospice Memorial Fund, please call 815.432.0185. 

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 12/9/2020

There have been 1,682 confirmed cases and 261 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 17 new cases since our last update. 1 additional individual has passed away with COVID-19. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by this loss.

 

Due to technical difficulties within the Illinois National Electronic Disease Surveillance System we are not able to provide the number of negative results as of 12/08/2020 at this time.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 12/08/2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

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

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 12/8/2020

On December 4th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Co. Rd. 200 N, at approx,

25 E. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Meara J. Sindelar, age 21, of Loda was traveling west on co- Rd. 200 N. when a deer entered the roadway, Sindelar was unable to avoid the deer, and struck it causing over $1500 in damage. No citations were issued, and Sindelar was transported to Carle Hospital for minor injuries.

 

On December 4th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested David R. Blair, age 41, of Lexington, IL. According to police reports, Blair was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with possession of methamphetamine. Blair was aware of his warrant and turned himself into the Iroquoj$ County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released,

 

On December 5th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Brain E, Kruse, age 61, of Ancher, IL. According to police reports, Kruse was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol with an alcohol concentration over .08 and improper lane usage. Kruse was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released,

 

On December 4thI 2020, Cissna Park Police arrested Brandon J, Wood, age 36, of Cissna Park, According to police reports, Wood was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with theft. Wood was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

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3 New County Board Members Sworn-in, Baughn Remains Chairman

Three new Vermilion County Board members officially took their seats on the board Monday night during the reorganization meeting which was held at the Bremer Theatre at Danville Area Community College.

 

Shelley McLain of Catlin replaces Chuck Nesbitt, who did not seek reelection in November.

 

Jerry Hawker of Danville won his District 7 seat on the board by defeating incumbent Greg Thatcher in the November election.

 

Mary Surprenant of Danville replaces Deanna Witzel, who did not seek reelection in November.

 

Board members unanimously chose Larry Baughn of Hoopeston to remain County Board Chairman for the second consecutive term. Craig Golden was also chosen unanimously as Vice Chairman.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 12/8/2020

There have been 1,670 confirmed cases and 256 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 61 new cases since our last update. 1 additional individual has passed away with COVID-19. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by this loss.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 12/07/2020. 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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Fatal Car Crash in Iroquois County

On 12/03/20, at approx. 2:21 pm, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle, rollover, accident that occurred on Co. Rd. 1900E at approx. % mile north of Co. Rd. 3150N in rural St. Anne, IL

According to police reports, a vehicle driven by James F. Green, 62, of Watseka, IL was traveling north on Co. Rd. 1900E on a loose gravel road. Green began to lose control of his vehicle, a 2003 Ford Explorer, and entered the west ditch embankment. Green's vehicle then proceeded to overturn approx. 2 % times, ejecting him in the process, before coming to a rest on it's roof in a plowed field, Green's passenger was transported to Riverside Hospital in Kankakee, IL by Riverside EMS with non-life threatening injuries. She was later treated and released. Green was transported to Riverside Hospital by Riverside EMS where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Papineau Fire and EMS, and Riverside EMS assisted with the scene.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 12/5/2020

There have been 1,620 confirmed cases and 245 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 38 new cases since our last update. 1 additional individual has passed away with COVID-19. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by this loss.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 12/04/2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

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

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ISP Fatal Traffic Crash Alert

WHAT:                      Single Vehicle Fatal Traffic Crash

 

WHERE:                   Interstate 72 westbound at Milepost 164, just west of Monticello, Piatt County.

 

WHEN:                      Dec. 3, 2020 9:45 P.M.

 

VEHICLE:                Unit 1- Red 1999 Chevrolet Suburban

 

DRIVER:                   Unit 1 - A 42-year-old male from Decatur, IL – Transported by ambulance to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. (Awaiting notification of next of kin)

 

PRELIMINARY:      Preliminary investigative details indicate the following occurred: Unit 1 was traveling west on Interstate 72 near Milepost 164 in Piatt County.  Unit 1 ran off the roadway to the left, traveled through the median and overturned.  Unit 1 came to rest upside down in the median. The driver of unit 1 was transported by ambulance to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. No further information will be disseminated at this time.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 12/4/2020

On December 1 st, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a 2 vehicle accident that occurred in the Gilman Pilot parking tot. A vehicle driven by Miguel A. Ramirez-Gomez age 42 of El Paso, TX, was turning in the parking lot when the camper he was pulling struck a parked semi-truck. There was over $1500 damage to both vehicles and there were no injuries reported and no citations were issued.

 

On November 30th, 2020, Milford Police arrested Christopher R, Hollis, age 33, of Milford. Hollis was charged with Driving While License Suspended and Possession of Methamphetamines. Hollis was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond,

 

On December 2nd, 2020, Milford Police arrested Kevin L. Lambert, age 34, of Milford. Lambert was charged with Theft Under $500, Lambert was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond.

 

On December 2nd, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Perry D. Carswell age 58, of Hoopeston, Carswe!l was charged with Driving While License Suspended and Obstructing Identification. Carswell was transported to Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond.

 

On December 3rd, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident on County Road 1900 E at approx. 3200 N. The vehicle had 2 occupants which were transported to Riverside Hospital, one with serious injuries and the other with minor injuries. One occupant later succumbed to injuries and died at Riverside Hospital, More information will be released pending notification to the family.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 12/4/2020

There have been 1,587 confirmed cases and 240 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 42 new cases since our last update. 3 additional individuals have passed away with COVID-19. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by these losses.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 12/03/2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

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

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ISP District 21 Announces November Activity and Enforcement

Illinois State Police District 21 Commander, Captain Don Aaron Harsy, announced today activity and enforcement figures for November 2020. Illinois State Police District 21 Troopers issued 829 citations, 1029 written warnings, including 20 DUIs, 80 seatbelt citations, and 35 criminal arrests. District 21 Troopers made a total of 1,151 Traffic stops in November. Troopers also assisted 142 motorists, conducted 87 Motor Carrier Inspections, and investigated 73 traffic crashes. There was one fatal crash investigated by District 21 in November. According to the National Safety Council the major contributing factors to motor-vehicle deaths in the United States are lack of occupant protection, alcohol, speeding, young drivers, distractions, and large trucks. In an effort to reduce fatalities, the Illinois State Police uses enforcement activities and educational programs to fight these major contributing factors.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 12/3/2020

There have been 1,553 confirmed cases and 232 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 58 new cases since our last update. 4 additional individuals have passed away with COVID-19. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by these losses.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 12/02/2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

 

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

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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE 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 November 23 and 30, 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 39 Child Restraint Citations 1 Total Citations 72 Total Written Warnings 38 Most motorists know safety belts save lives, but some ignore their safety and that of their families by neglecting to use safety belts and child restraint devices. These patrols reinforce the occupant protection message by focusing on those who ignore the law. Lives can be saved if people simply “buckle up!” This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 12/2/2020

There have been 1,497 confirmed cases and 230 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 25 new cases since our last update. 2 additional individuals have passed away with COVID-19. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by these losses.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 12/01/2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

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

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 12/1/2020

On November 27th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a three-vehicle accident on Co. Rd. 560 N. near Co. Rd. 1800 E, in Goodwine. According to police reports, a vehicle drlven by Brian K. Demierre, age 53, of Milford was traveling westbound on 560 N. after tuming Off 1800 E. upon discovering the road came to a dead end, Demierre attempted to travel in reverse down 560 N. to return to 1800 E. In doing so, Demierre struck two legally parked vehicles on the south side of 560 N. Demierre showed signs of alcohol impairment and was placed under arrest for driving while under the influence of alcohol and improper backing. Demierre was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

On November 27th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police returned from the Kankakee County Jail with Jake E. Bumgartner, age 29, of Gilman. According to police reports, Bumgartner was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear for possession of a hypodermic syringe, Bumgartner was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released,

 

On November 29th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police returned from the Champaign County Jail with Cristina E. Kurnat, age 25, of Addison IL.

 

According to police reports, Kurnat was wanted on two outstanding Iroquois County warrants charging her with failure to appear for possession of a hypodermic syringes and probation relocation.

Kurnat was transported to the

Iroquois County Jail where she remains in lieu of bond.

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Watseka Police Department News 12/1/2020

Watseka Police responded to an accident in the 900 block of South Fourth St. at 3:07 a.m. on Nov. 28. According to police reports, a 2017 Ford operated by Debbie Taylor, Milford, was entering town from 1700 N. and missed the curb at Legion Park leaving the roadway. Damage was estimated at over $1500. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

 

 

 

Watseka Police responded to an accident in the 300 block of E. Cherry Street at 7:19 p.m. on Nov. 28. According to police reports, a 2012 Chevy owned by Bautista Esquivel, Watseka, was legal parked when it was struck by another vehicle which left the scene. A neighbor advised a silver Pontiac Grand AM had struck the vehicle then fled but she was unable to get the license number. Damage was estimated at over $1500 and the accident is still under investigation.

 

 Watseka Police arrested Jacob DeYoung, 32, Bradley on Nov. 26. DeYoung was arrested after Watseka Police responded to a male subject that had been caught in another person's vehicle in the 800 block of E. Locust at 4:02 a.m. After being given a description of the subject by the victim, police were able to locate him in the area of Grant and 10th Street. DeYoung admitted to police that he had been in the vehicle. While questioning DeYoung, police also determined that the bike he was riding was stolen and he was found to be wanted on an outstanding Kankakee County warrant. He was placed into custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he was charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle, theft under $300 and held on the Kankakee County warrant for domestic battery.

 

Watseka Police arrested Michael McGary, 34, Watseka on Nov. 27. McGary was arrested after Watseka Police responded to an accident in the 200 block of West Fleming at 6:03 p.m. According to reports, a 2017 Ford, operated by McGary, was westbound on Fleming when he struck a parked 2012 Chrysler owned by Scott Deneau, also of Watseka. Witnesses at the scene then observed McGary flee to his residence and conceal a bag inside a grill. After questioning McGary, the bag was located and contained over 300 grams of cannabis, packaging materials and paraphernalia. McGary was placed into custody and charged with possession of cannabis over 300 grams and possession of cannabis with intent to deliver. McGary was transported to the Iroquois County Jail. No injuries were reported and damage was estimated at over $1500.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 12/1/2020

There have been 1,475 confirmed cases and 227 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 130 new cases since our last update. 2 additional individuals have passed away with COVID-19. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by these losses.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 11/30/2020. 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.”

 

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