WIQI News Archives for 2021-04

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 4/17/21

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

 

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

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

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 4/16/21

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

 

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

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

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Illinois National Guard Assists with Iroquois County Vaccinations

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 4/14/21

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

 

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

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

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Iroquois County police news

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Justin E. Johnson, 40, Gilman, April 11. According to police reports, Johnson as wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with violation of an order of protection. He was placed in custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail, where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Orlando Salinas, 33, Gilman, April 11. According to police reports, Salinas was charged with domestic battery and battery. Salinas was placed in custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail, where he posted the required bond and was released.

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative

On Saturday, April 24, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group, Kankakee Police Department, Bradley Police Department, Bourbonnais Police Department, Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its next opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Please bring your unwanted medications for disposal to the Northfield Square Mall at 1600 North State Route 50 in Bourbonnais, Illinois.  Please use the center court entrance on the east side of the mall between LensCrafters and Kay Jewelers.

This service is free, anonymous, and no questions will be asked.  Officers from KAMEG will be stationed to accept medications.  According to KAMEG Director Clayt Wolfe, “The program is a success in our area due to continued public support.  During the past two collections, officers have collected over 2,000 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs.” Similar to past events, the drop-off location inside the mall will be set-up to allow quick public access to the service.  Director Wolfe reminds the public that needles, syringes, and liquids are NOT accepted during the event. 

Director Wolfe also advised that most police departments have permanent drug drop boxes.  Area residents are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agencies to determine exact locations and hours of availability.

The DEA reports that the response to the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative has been overwhelmingly positive.  In the previous Take-Back events nationwide, approximately 2,500 tons of drugs were collected.    By participating in the program, the community helps prevent potential safety and health hazards associated with improper prescription drug disposal.

This initiative provides an opportunity for the public to safely dispose of pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications that were not previously collected or have accumulated since the last event.  Also, assisting KAMEG with this program is the Pledge for Life Partnership and Riverside Healthcare.

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 4/13/21

As of 04/13/2021 there have been 2,458 confirmed cases and 437 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 5 new cases since our last update.

 

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

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Illinois Department of Public Health Pauses Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Illinois Follows CDC and FDA Guidance, Advises Providers to Use Moderna and Pfizer Doses for Existing Appointments

 

SPRINGFIELD – In accordance with recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine out of an abundance of caution.  The CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine.

 

IDPH has notified all Illinois COVID-19 providers throughout the state to discontinue use of the J&J vaccine at this time. In order to keep appointments, IDPH is strongly advising providers to use Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. 

 

Moderna and Pfizer make up the vast majority of doses on hand in the State of Illinois. This week, the state’s allocation of J&J was 17,000 doses. For the week of April 18, 2021, the expected allocation for the State is 483,720 total doses. Of that total allocation, 5,800 doses were expected to be J&J.

 

Per the federal health authorities, people who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider. Patients with other clinical questions should contact their health care provider.

 

IDPH will continue to update the public as additional information becomes available.

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Hoopeston Man Dies in the Vermilion County Jail

The Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department says an inmate Joshua J. Edwards 43 of Hoopeston died Sunday at the Public Safety Building in Danville.

 

Chief Investigator Capt. Michael Hartshorn says Edwards was found unresponsive Sunday in his cell by a correctional officer. He says the jail guard was conducting a routine cell check.

“Correctional officers began resuscitation efforts on Edwards and called for an ambulance,” Hartshorn says. “Lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful and Edwards was pronounced deceased.”

 

The sheriff’s captain says Illinois State Police was contacted to investigate the death.

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 4/13/21

As of 04/12/2021 there have been 2,454 confirmed cases and 436 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 6 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.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 04/12/21. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

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

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CARLE AND ICPH SET CLINICS IN IROQUOIS COUNTY

 Carle in partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Iroquois County Public Health Department are offering single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine appointments the week of Monday, April 12 for those who live or work in Iroquois County.  

 

What: Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine clinic

Where: Carle Cissna Park, Carle Milford, Carle Watseka

When: Monday – Friday, normal clinic operating hours

To schedule: Please call the clinic to schedule your appointment.

·         Carle Cissna Park: (815) 457-2146

·         Carle Milford: (815) 889-4011

·         Carle Watseka: (815) 432-8200

Who: Anyone 18+ who live or work in Iroquois County.

 

Patients will be asked to verbally attest that they either live or work in Iroquois County.

 

“We’re happy to be able to continue providing access to the COVID-19 vaccine to those in Iroquois County,” Heather Tucker, hospital administrator, Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center said. “Vaccination is our best bet at fighting this virus, and we hope those who qualify will take advantage of this opportunity to protect themselves and others.”

 

Patients will need to wear a face covering, practice social distancing and plan to allow at least 15 minutes for observation after the vaccination. Please limit the number of individuals in your party that are not receiving the vaccine and wear clothing to allow easy access to the upper portion of the arm for the injection.

 

There is no cost to individuals to get a COVID vaccine. You may be asked to bring your insurance card if you have one, but you will not be turned away if you do not have insurance.  

 

Iroquois County is now vaccinating anyone 18 or older who lives or works in Iroquois County.

 

Visit Carle.org for more information.

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 4/10/21

As of 04/09/2021 there have been 2,449 confirmed cases and 435 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 5 new cases since our last update.

 

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

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COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Schedule in Iroquois County

WATSEKA, IL – The Iroquois County Public Health Department (ICPHD), in partnership with Iroquois 


Memorial Hospital, will be hosting multiple community-based, COVID-19 vaccination clinics for qualified individuals. We are currently scheduling the following clinics: 


? Moderna Vaccination Clinic (Illinois residents, age 18 and older) - Wednesday, April 14, 2021 
? Pfizer Vaccination Clinic (Illinois residents, age 16 and older) – Thursday, April 15, 2021 
? Johnson & Johnson Vaccination Clinic (Iroquois County residents, age 18 and older) – Friday, April 16, 2021 


To schedule your appointment, visit our website (https://co.iroquois.il.us/offices/health-department) or Facebook 
page for online registration, or call ICPHD at (815) 432-2483 to schedule over the phone. Please note that this 
vaccine is available by appointment only to practice safe social distancing. Individuals who arrive without a 
previously scheduled appointment will not be eligible to receive the vaccine at that time. 
At this time, there is no cost for the COVID-19 vaccine. Written documentation from the individual’s primary 
care physician will not be required. 
The vaccination clinic will be held at Iroquois Memorial Hospital. Clients will be asked to enter through the main 
entrance located on the north side of the building and are required to bring a valid form of photo ID. Individuals 
who are wheelchair bound or in need of additional assistance may enter through the Emergency Room entrance 
on the south side of the building. If you do not feel well the day of your appointment or are in isolation or 
quarantine, please call ICPHD to reschedule. Patients will need to wear a face covering, practice social distancing, 
and plan to allow at least 15 minutes for observation after the vaccination. Please wear clothing to allow easy 
access to the upper portion of the arm for the injection. 
ICPHD is expecting to receive weekly or bi-weekly allocations of the COVID-19 vaccine from the State of 
Illinois. If you are unable to schedule an appointment for this community-based clinic, please watch for future 
notification of upcoming clinics as more vaccine becomes available. 
As more vaccine is allocated ICPHD will communicate availability, along with when, where, and how to receive 
the vaccine, via traditional and social media outlets as well as on the ICPHD website:
https://co.iroquois.il.us/offices/health-department. 
The Illinois Department of Public Health has compiled a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about 
the COVID-19 vaccination. Information can be found at: http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccine-faq. For 
individual concerns regarding allergies or other medical conditions please consult your own medial provider. 

 

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Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement K9 Knight Has Received Donation Of Body Armor

Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement K9 Knight has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  K9 Knight’s vest was embroidered with the sentiment “Born to Love-Trained to Serve- Loyal Always”.

 

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified.  Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,247 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations.

 

The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies.  K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate.  There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.

 

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest.  Each vest has a value of $1,744-$2,283, weighs an average of 4-5 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty.  For more information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978.  Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts donations at www.vik9s.org, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.

 

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 4/9/21

As of 04/08/2021 there have been 2,444 confirmed cases and 435 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 9 new cases since our last update.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 04/08/21. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

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

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 4/8/21

As of 04/07/2021 there have been 2,437 confirmed cases and 433 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 2 new cases since our last update.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 04/07/21. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

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

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Watseka Unit 9 School says thanks to area voters

Dear Parents and Community Members,

 

Thank you! Thank you to everyone who voted on this important measure. Thank you for voting to support student learning by investing in facilities. The election results show that voters have approved the Unit 9 building referendum. This is an extremely exciting time for our community!

Unit 9 first began talking about a building referendum well over two years ago. This has been a long journey. Unit 9 remains committed to delivering high-quality education, protecting taxpayer resources, listening to our residents, and empowering young learners.

A special thank you goes out to the countless people that helped with this referendum. During the planning phase, district leadership, staff and community members attended forums, answered surveys, and examined the district's finances and plans to help guide the School Board in the decision to place the building referendum on the ballot. The "Unity For Our Community" task force did an amazing job of providing informative, transparent information to everyone. Citizens displayed yard signs, walked door to door distributing information, attended inforrnational events, and engaged in conversations about the future of our district. This was a team effort.

While a majority of the funding will come from grants, the referendum's approval also comes with a financial sacrifice on the part of taxpayers. We are committed to our tradition of fiscal responsibility as we engage in the next phase of building planning. Each decision will be made with both the students and the taxpayers in mind. The Board will continue being transparent with stakeholders throughout the entire process.

Thank you for all that you do - and have always done - to support the students of Unit 9. We are excited to see what the future brings to our students, staff, and community!

 

Unit 9 Board of Education & Dr. David Andriano, Unit 9 Superintendent

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Watseka Police News 4/7/21

Police responded to the west junction at 2:01 p.m. for a traffic accident. According to police reports, a 2004 Mitsubishi operated by Dolly Murray, Woodland, was eastbound on Walnut when she did not realize that a 2015 white tractor trailer operated by Eric Ogle, Frankfort, Indiana, had sopped in traffic. Murray was unable to stop in time and struck the Ogle vehicle. No citations or injuries were reported and damage was estimated at more than $1,500.

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 4/7/21

As of 04/06/2021 there have been 2,435 confirmed cases and 433 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 4 new cases since our last update.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 04/06/21. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

 

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

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Watseka Police News 4/6/21

Police responded to a neighborhood dispute in the 500 block of North Second Street at 11:40 a.m. On arrival one person’s yard had been covered in garbage. Police spoke to the neighbor who admitted to placing the garbage there. Arrested was Katelynn Frye, 27, Watseka, for disorderly conduct and violation of bail bond. She was taken to the county jail.

 

Officers responded to reports of a car being stolen at a store in the 400 block of West Walnut at 7:11 p.m. Officers were not able to locate the vehicle and a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) was put out. The vehicle was later found by Chatsworth Police and appeared to be totaled.

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 4/6/21

As of 04/05/2021 there have been 2,431 confirmed cases and 433 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 4 new cases since our last update.

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 04/05/21. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

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

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Iroquois County Vaccination Clinic April 10th

WATSEKA, IL – The Iroquois County Public Health Department (ICPHD), in partnership with Iroquois 
Memorial Hospital, will be hosting a community-based COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday, April 10, 2021
in the morning. This clinic is a Moderna vaccine and is open to all Iroquois County individuals ages 18 and over. 
A second dose will be given four weeks after the first dose. 
To register and schedule your appointment, please call ICPHD at (815) 432-2483. Please note that this vaccine 
is available by appointment only to practice safe social distancing. Individuals who arrive without a 
previously scheduled appointment will not be eligible to receive the vaccine at that time. At this time, there is 
no cost for the COVID-19 vaccine.
The vaccination clinic will be held at Iroquois Memorial Hospital. Clients will be asked to enter through the main 
entrance located on the north side of the building and are required to bring a valid form of photo ID. Individuals 
who are wheelchair bound or in need of additional assistance may enter through the Emergency Room entrance 
on the south side of the building. If you do not feel well the day of your appointment or are in isolation or 
quarantine, please call ICPHD (Monday-Friday) to reschedule or IMH the day of the clinic. Patients will need to 
wear a face covering, practice social distancing, and plan to allow at least 15 minutes for observation after the 
vaccination. Please wear clothing to allow easy access to the upper portion of the arm for the injection.
Supply of this vaccine is limited and appointments are expected to be filled quickly. ICPHD is expecting to 
receive weekly or bi-weekly allocations of the COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Illinois. If you are unable to 
schedule an appointment for this community-based clinic, please watch for future notification of upcoming clinics 
as more vaccine becomes available. 
As more vaccine is allocated ICPHD will communicate availability, along with when, where, and how to receive 
the vaccine, via traditional and social media outlets as well as on the ICPHD website: 
http://www.co.iroquois.il.us/offices/health-department/covid-19-corona-virus/.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has compiled a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about 
the COVID-19 vaccination. Information can be found at: http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccine-faq. For 
individual concerns regarding allergies or other medical conditions please consult your own medial provider.

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ISP INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC CRASH WITH INJURY IN IROQUOIS COUNTY

WHAT: One Unit Personal Injury Traffic Crash

 

WHERE: Interstate 57 northbound milepost 280 (near Onarga), Iroquois County

 

WHEN: April 3, 2021 at approximately 6:50 p.m.

 

VEHICLE: Unit 1- 1997 Green Dodge Caravan

 

DRIVER: Unit 1- Jose Martinez, 46-year old male of Chicago, IL (Transported to a local area hospital with serious injuries) PASSENGERS: Unit 1- Denise Hernandez, 40-year old female of Chicago, IL (Transported to a local area hospital with serious injuries) Unit 1- Child, 13-year old female of Chicago, IL (Transported to a local area hospital with serious injuries) Unit 1- Child, 3-year old female of Chicago, IL (Transported to a local area hospital with serious injuries) Unit 1- Infant, 8-month old male of Chicago, IL (Transported to a local area hospital with unknown injuries) PRELIMINARY: A preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: Unit 1 was traveling northbound on Interstate 57 near Onarga. Unit 1, for unknown reasons, lost control and veered off the roadway to the left. Unit 1 overturned multiple times before coming to rest in the southbound lanes. As a result of the crash, one child was fully ejected from the vehicle while another child was partially ejected from the vehicle. The infant remained secured inside the vehicle. -MORE-ADD ONE- D21 PI CRASH At approximately 6:58 p.m., all southbound lanes were shut down with traffic diverted off the Interstate to milepost 280 (Onarga) and back on to Interstate 57 from the southbound entrance ramp. All southbound lanes were reopened at approximately 12:09 a.m. The investigation is ongoing, and there is no further information at this time. CHARGES: Pending investigation. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 4/5/21

As of 04/02/2021 there have been 2,427 confirmed cases and 433 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 3 new cases since our last update.

. 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 MAKE ARREST FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Agents arrested and charged Donald J. Legler, a 32-year-old male of Kankakee, Illinois for Possession of Child Pornography.

 

On March 31, 2021, at approximately 9:30 a.m., ISP Zone 3 Agents executed a search warrant in the 1100 block of S. East Avenue in Kankakee, IL, pursuant to an ongoing investigation that began at the beginning of January 2021.  During the execution of the search warrant, pertinent evidence was located, and Legler was taken into custody.

  

On April 1, 2021, the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office approved six counts of Possession of Child Pornography (Class 1 Felonies) against Legler and his bond was set by the Court at $500,000/10% to apply.  Legler remains in custody at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.  The investigation is ongoing and there is no further information available at this time. 

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 4/1/21

As of 03/31/2021 there have been 2,426 confirmed cases and 431 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 6 new cases since our last update.

 

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

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