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WIQI News Archives for 2021-05

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 5/31/21

As of 05/28/2021 there have been 2,621 confirmed cases and 480 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 9 new cases since our last update. One 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.

 

 

 

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.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please let me know, I would be happy to help.

 

Registering Entries for 4 th of July Parade

The 4th of July is just around the corner which means it’s time to celebrate our Independence! This year’s parade will be held Saturday, July 3rd at 10:00 a.m. The parade theme is “Proud to be an American”. Registration forms can be obtained from the Chamber office at 110 South Third Street in Watseka, by calling (815) 432-2416, or visiting www.watsekachamber.org or their Facebook page. Sponsored the City of Watseka, this year’s parade will have awards for best farm entry, best religious entry, best commercial entry, best children’s unit, best walking unit, best use of theme, and best decorated emergency vehicle. There is no charge to participate in the parade. It’s a great way to get your business noticed by thousands of area residents! The parade route will proceed south on Belmont Avenue, turn west on Fairman Avenue, north on Fourth Street, east on Cherry Street, south on Fifth Street, east on Lincoln Ave. south on Belmont Avenue, ending at the Watseka Community High School. Also the children’s coloring contest is open to children 3 through 7 years of age. One male and one female winner will be chosen to be this year’s Little Mr. & Miss Firecracker. Both winners will ride in this year’s parade. Coloring sheets can be picked up at the Chamber office and must be returned by June 18th to be included in this year’s judging. Fireworks will be at dusk on Friday, July 2nd . For more information, please contact the Chamber office at (815) 432-2416.

Iroquois Memorial Hospital Announces New COO/CFO, Shawn Bransky

- Iroquois Memorial Hospital is excited to welcome the new Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Shawn Bransky. Shawn Bransky comes to IMH as a hands-on, seasoned executive, with a proven record of leading teams to increased operating efficiency, productivity and quality. He has been highly successful in creating an environment of engaged and empowered employees that drive strong patient satisfaction with a commitment to high reliability. Shawn’s educational background includes a B.B.A in Accounting from Mercer University in Macon, GA, an M.A. in Healthcare Administration from Chapman University in Orange, CA, and he is a graduate of the Senior Leader Program at The George Washington University. Bransky has served as CFO, COO, and Administrator for numerous VA and Department of Defense hospitals and clinics across the country and most recently served as the CEO for the Veteran Affairs (VA) Illiana Healthcare System in Danville, IL. Shawn is excited about joining our rural community. He remarks, “It is a privilege to serve on the leadership team of Iroquois Memorial Hospital. Serving others is my leadership philosophy and it will guide my decision-making as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Serving the men and women of IMH, means ensuring that they have what they need to be successful, so they can continue to provide exceptional healthcare services for this region, in a caring and convenient environment. As CFO, I am also committed to ensuring that IMH is financially stable, so that we are here to serve this community well into the future. As a rural facility, we must be innovative, finding new opportunities and new partnerships. To that end, I intend to leverage my 28 years of healthcare leadership experience, which includes positions at many rural facilities similar to IMH. While each has unique challenges, the common thread is a sense of community which is a great foundation to build upon.”Shawn states, “In my short time here, I have had the opportunity to meet a number of staff, who are all deeply committed to this healthcare system and this community. Together, we will continue to look for ways to be the very best at what we do, because we know that's what the people of Iroquois County expect and it's what they deserve. It's clear in my interactions with this team, that they are highly focused on earning the trust of our patients, so that IMH is the facility of choice when it comes to healthcare needs. I look forward to working with the board, with our team members and with this community.

Illinois State Police Release Video In Champaign Shootings

CHAMPAIGN, IL- The Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) continue to investigate a shooting that occurred at the Town Center Apartments in the 2400 block of North Neil Street in Champaign on May 19, 2021 at approximately 3:24 a.m. involving the Champaign Police Department. The shootings resulted in the deaths of Champaign Police Officer Chris Oberheim and Darion Lafayette and injury to Champaign Police Officer Jeffrey Creel. In accordance with the Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigation’s commitment to integrity and transparency, the video of the events is being made available to the public.

 

The videos are taken from surveillance cameras at the apartment complex and Officers Oberheim and Creel’s body cameras. The videos can be accessed through this link: Creel bodycam https://youtu.be/61_vKLhhI48 Oberheim bodycam https://youtu.be/Km5WYULQO04 Surveillance Enhanced https://youtu.be/UlotrJS5VcQ Synced Video https://youtu.be/fXSOTcfGbzQ Surveillance https://youtu.be/dOpjP7mmgt0 The families of Oberheim and Lafayette have been afforded the opportunity to view the video prior to this release. This video was only redacted to comply with individuals’ personal privacy protections. This remains an ongoing investigation being conducted by ISP DCI Zone 5 and is under review by the Champaign County State’s Attorney Office. Additional information related to this investigation will be released by CCSA. 

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 5/28/21

As of 05/27/2021 there have been 2,612 confirmed cases and 480 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 10 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.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police news 5/27/21

On May 19 Clifton Police arrested Ryan K. Lowery, 44, of Ashkum. According to police reports, Lowery was charged with domestic battery. Lowery was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond.

 

On May 17 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Corey Renwick, 18, of Momence. According to police reports, Renwick was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on a burglary charge. Renwick was transported to the Iroquois County Jail in lieu of bond.

 

On May 18 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Tyler Baker, 20, of Watseka. According to police reports, Baker was charged with driving on a revoked license. Baker was taken to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond.

 

On May 19 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Stephanie Hillard, 31, Milford. According to police reports, Hillard was wanted on an active Ford County warrant. Hillard was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond.

 

On May 20 Iroquois County Sheriff’s police investigated a car versus deer accident on County Road 700 East near County Road 2950 North. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Jon T. Woolever, 18, of Clifton, was northbound on 700 East when a deer entered the roadway. Woolever was unable to avoid the deers striking it and causing more than $1,500 in damage. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

 

On May 20, Lamont C. Smith, 34, of Blue Island, turned himself in at the Iroquois County Jail. Smith was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear for driving while license suspended. Smith posted the required bond and was released.

 

On May 21, Daniel A. Waller, 31, of Watseka, turned himself in at the Iroquois County Jail. Waller was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for disorderly conduct. Waller posted the required bond and was released.

 

On May 22, Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Keenan A. Baker, 23, of Watseka. According to police reports, there was an Iroquois County warrant for Baker for domestic battery. Baker was taken to the Iroquois County Jail in lieu of bond.

 

Police responded to a fight in progress in the 500 block of North Fifth at 1:20 p.m. Officers were advised that two females were threatening the occupants of a residence there with a knife and machete and throwing rocks at them. The females then fled the scene but were soon stopped by police at Fifth and Hickory. Arrested was Nichole Peddycord-Blaylock, 32, Watseka, for aggravated assault and battery. Arrested along with Peddycord-Blaylock was a 14-year-old juvenile. Peddycord-Blaylock was transported to the jail and the juvenile was released to the juvenile probations department.

 

Officers were out near the 100 block of South Second at 5:20 p.m. and spotted James Musselman walking. According to police reports, Musselman was wanted on a Kankakee County warrant. Officers took him in to custody and transported him to the Iroquois County Jail.

 

Officers conducted a traffic stop near the 1100 block of East Walnut at 10:40 p.m. for an equipment violation. According to police reports, the stop led officers to finding 2.2 grams of meth and a handgun. Driver Seth Dunn, from Indiana, was arrested for possession and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 5/27/21

As of 05/26/2021 there have been 2,602 confirmed cases and 480 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.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police news 5/26/21

Milford Police arrested Timmy J. Deaton, 39, of

Milford, on Saturday. Wanted on an Iroquois County

warrant for failure to appear for unlawful interference

with public utilities, he was taken to the Iroquois

County Jail where he was released on bond.

 

Michael J. Birch, 48, of Stockland, was arrested

Sunday by Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police. He was

charged with violation of a no contact order after

served and was taken to the Iroquois County Jail,

where he was released on bond.

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 5/26/21

As of 05/25/2021 there have been 2,597 confirmed cases and 480 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 2 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.

 

 

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE CONDUCTED 4-HOUR CLICK IT OR TICKET, BORDER TO BORDER OPERATION

On Monday, May 24, 2021, the Illinois State Police (ISP) joined police departments nationwide to participate in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) initiative known as the “Click It or Ticket, Border to Border Operation,” an initiative aimed at reducing traffic fatalities on our nation’s highways.

 

Organized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as part of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, Border to Border harnesses the power of 10,000 agencies across the nation – between states, cities and jurisdictions ­– to increase seat belt use in order to save lives.

 

“Our troopers patrol the roadways day and night in order to protect and educate all motorists in the State of Illinois. As the weather continues to warm up, our Troopers see an increase in motor vehicle accidents which include serious or fatal injuries, all of which could have been avoided,” said ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly. “As an agency, our goal is to educate the motoring public and ensure everyone makes it home safely.”

                                                                  

 

 

 

From 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, May 24, 2021, the ISP conducted enforcement details throughout the state to enforce and educate violators of the FATAL 4, which include: Speeding, Driving Under the Influence, Distracted Driving, and Seatbelt compliance.

 

During the enforcement detail the Illinois State Police reported the below activity:

Violations

Enforcement Activity

Distracted Driving Citations

88

Distracted Driving Written Warnings

53

Speeding Citations  

406

Speeding Written Warnings

212

Occupant Restraint (Seatbelt) Citations

190

Occupant Restraint (Seatbelt) Written Warnings

74

Driving Under the Influence Violations

8

 

The message we are trying to send throughout the State of Illinois is: Seatbelts save lives. The simple act of wearing a seatbelt can reduce your chances of being killed in a serious traffic crash by up to 60% according to NHTSA. In Illinois, ALL vehicle occupants are required to wear a seatbelt, not just the driver. Caregivers are also reminded as of January 1, 2019, the Illinois Child Passenger Protection Law was amended to protect a vehicle’s most precious cargo – our children.  Children under the age of 2 are now required to ride rear facing and within the car seat manufacturers’ guidelines.  Always ensure children are properly buckled up.

 

While seatbelt compliance statewide is at 94%, of the individuals fatally wounded in Illinois in 2018, nearly 25% were not wearing a seatbelt. Remember, Click It or Ticket.  Your choice can save a life.

 

Keep these tips in mind when traveling this summer:

 

  • Buckle up. Wearing a seatbelt positions you in the vehicle safely, works with air bags to protect you and slows the body down in a crash to minimize injury.
  • Slow down. Speed drastically increases the risk of injury or death in a crash.
  • Sober up. Alcohol and drugs inhibit your ability to operate a vehicle. Do not use them and get behind the wheel.
  • Phone down. Using a phone for talking, texting or social media is not only dangerous, it is illegal in Illinois.  

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 5/25/21

As of 05/24/2021 there have been 2,595 confirmed cases and 480 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 9 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.

Commercial Motor Vehicle Fire

WHAT:                     Commercial Motor Vehicle Fire

           

WHERE:                   Interstate 74 eastbound near milepost 190, Champaign County

 

WHEN:                      May 23, 2021 at approximately 6:01 p.m.

                                   

VEHICLES:              Unit 1- White 1998 Freightliner Truck Tractor Semi-Trailer

 

DRIVERS:                 Unit 1- Loren B. Spengler, 61-year-old male of Rankin, IL

 

PRELIMINARY:      Preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: Unit 1 was traveling on Interstate 74 eastbound near milepost 190 when a fire ensued in the brakes of the semi-trailer.  The fire ensued while the vehicle was in motion.  The driver of Unit 1 pulled over and stopped on the right shoulder of Interstate 74 near milepost 190.  After stopping on the right shoulder, the fire spread to the semi-trailer and the load contained therein.  The driver of Unit 1 separated the truck-tractor from the semi-trailer and drove the truck-tractor forward approximately 20 yards.  The semi-trailer quickly became engulfed.  The load burned for approximately 40 minutes. No injuries reported.

 

Both lanes of Interstate 74 were closed to traffic for approximately two hours. 

 

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 5/24/21

As of 05/21/2021 there have been 2,586 confirmed cases and 480 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.

SINGLE VEHICLE FATAL CRASH

Kentland (May 20, 2021) 11:40am

 

On Thursday, May 20, 2021 6:24am, Newton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a single vehicle crash on CR 1400S at CR 50E (1 mile south of South Newton High School).  

 

The preliminary investigation indicates a SUV was eastbound on CR 1400S and left the roadway for unknown reasons.  The vehicle impacted the bridge on CR 50E.  The driver and sole occupant, Jessica Lynn Bailey, 39,  of Kentland, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Family has been notified.

 

The crash remains under investigation at this time.

 

South Newton schools were contacted to re-route bus traffic for the morning route.

 

Newton County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Newton County Dispatch, Newton County EMS, Kentland Fire, Newton County EMA, Newton County Coroner’s Office and Village Motors Towing.

COVID19 vaccine clinic

roquois County Pubic Health Department (ICPHD) will be conducting a Johnson and Johnson COVID19 vaccine clinic, available by appointment or walk-in, for Illinois residents, age 18 and older on Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 9 AM to 3:30 PM. This clinic will be located at the Iroquois County Public Health Department, 1001 E Grant Street, Watseka, IL 60970. To schedule an 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. Individuals are required to bring a valid form of photo ID. Please do not attend if you do not feel well the day of this clinic or are in isolation or quarantine. 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. 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/healthdepartment. 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 medical provider. 

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 5/21/21

As of 05/20/2021 there have been 2,582 confirmed cases and 478 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 3 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.

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 5/20/21

As of 05/19/2021 there have been 2,579 confirmed cases and 478 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.

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE INVESTIGATE OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING IN CHAMPAIGN

Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Zone 5 was requested by the Champaign Police Department (CPD) to investigate a fatal officer involved shooting that occurred on May 19, 2021 at approximately 3:24 a.m. The Multijurisdictional Investigative Team was activated consisting of the University of Illinois, Champaign County and the Champaign Police Department lead by the Illinois State Police. Preliminary investigative details indicate that CPD responded to the 2400 block of north Neil Street in Champaign, IL for a domestic disturbance. Two responding CPD officers exited their vehicles and encountered an armed individual and gunfire was exchanged. During the exchange of gunfire, the armed individual was fatally wounded, as was one of the officers. The second officer was hospitalized. Champaign Police ask that anyone who has additional information to please contact police at 217- 351-4545. Arrangements can be made for information to be shared privately. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may also submit tips to Crime Stoppers by phone at: 217-373-8477 (TIPS); online at 373tips.com; or the “P3 Tips” mobile app. Citizens are reminded that information submitted to Crime Stoppers is completely anonymous. Calls are routed to a third-party national call center that receives your information, completes a tips information form, and then passes the information to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Caller ID tracking is not utilized by Crime Stoppers and conversations are not recorded. Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for these crimes. The Illinois State Police DCI Zone 5 is leading the investigation and is being assisted by the Urbana Police Department, the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office, University of Illinois Police Department, Champaign County Coroner’s Office and the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office. More information will be provided as it becomes available. This investigation is open and ongoing. No additional information will be released at this time by ISP Zone 

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 5/19/21

As of 05/18/2021 there have been 2,575 confirmed cases and 476 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 4 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.

 

Watseka Police News 5/18/21

Officers were called to a business in the 1700 block of East Walnut at 5 p.m. The Caller wanted to report a theft that took place. According to police reports, Dianna K. Molter of Goodland, Indiana, was seen concealing items in her purse and pants totaling $264. Molter was arrested for retail theft and given an IBOND on scene. She was also escorted from the property.

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 5/18/21

As of 05/17/2021 there have been 2,572 confirmed cases and 475 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 10 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.

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 5/17/21

As of 05/14/2021 there have been 2,565 confirmed cases and 472 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 4 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.

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 5/14/21

As of 05/13/2021 there have been 2,561 confirmed cases and 472 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 8 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.

ISP reports DUI charges

Illinois State Police District 21 arrested Jennifer L. Geiger, 30, of Kankakee, and charged her with driving under the influence causing injury or great bodily harm and driving under the influence of alcohol on May 2. According to a release, troopers responded at 12:30 a.m. to a one-vehicle crash on Illinois Route 17 at Sandbar Road in Kankakee County. Preliminary reports indicated for unknown reasons the vehicle went off the road and overturned. Geiger and a passenger were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. After being released from the hospital, Geiger was taken into custody. A judge set Geiger’s bond at $10,000

Kenny Baier is the choice as fire chief in Watseka. 

Kenny Baier is the choice to replace Tim Ketchum as fire chief in Watseka. 

 

At the May 11 public safety committee, Alderwoman Monna Ulfers said several people had been considered and it was determined Baier would be the best choice. 

 

Ketchum announced in April he would be stepping down from the department after 24 years of service. That retirement is effective June 30. 

The public safety committee approved Baier as the new chief, a recommendation that will now go to the full council at the end of the month. The committee approved Baier 8-0. Alderman Michael Yates was absent from the meeting. 

Single Vehicle accident in Iroquois County

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a single-vehicle accident May 10 on County Road 1500 E approximately one-quarter of a mile north of County Road 2900 N. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Todd L. Domagalla, 43, Clifton, was traveling south on 1500 East. He attempted to use a field entrance to turn around and entered the west drainage ditch. The vehicle overturned and came to rest on its roof with airbag deployment. There was more than $1,500 in damage to the vehicle. No citations were issued and no injuries were reported.

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 5/13/21

As of 05/12/2021 there have been 2,555 confirmed cases and 470 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 11 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.

ICPHD Covid Vaccine Clinics set for May 17th and 19th at the Iroquois County Fairgrounds

The Iroquois County Pubic Health Department (ICPHD) will be conducting the following COVID-19 vaccine clinics for Illinois residents, age 18 and older. 


? Monday, May 17, 2021, 9AM to 6PM- Walk-in Illinois National Guard Johnson & Johnson (1 dose) 
Vaccine Clinic located at the Iroquois County Fairgrounds 4H Building, 1390 E 2000 North Road, 
Watseka, IL 60970. This clinic is also for those who have scheduled appointments for their 2nd dose of Moderna vaccine. 


? Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 9 AM to 3:30 PM- Moderna Vaccine Clinic, available by appointment or walk-in, located at the Iroquois County Public Health Department, 1001 E Grant Street, Watseka,IL 60970. 

 

To schedule an appointment, visit our website (https://co.iroquois.il.us/offices/healthdepartment) or Facebook page for online registration, or call ICPHD at (815) 432-2483 to 
schedule over the phone. Second dose for this vaccine will be scheduled at the time of first dose 
administration. 


Individuals are required to bring a valid form of photo ID. Please do not attend if you do not feel well the day of this clinic or are in isolation or quarantine. 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. 


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/healthdepartment. 


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 medical provider.

 

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police news 5/12/21

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Daniel J. White, 37, Watseka, May 5. According to police reports, White was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear for retail theft. White 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 Kyle Warner, 30, Crescent City, May 6. According to police reports, Warner was wanted on two outstanding Iroquois County warrants charging him with contempt of court and driving while license suspended. Warner 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 Justin A. Sellers, 26, Milford, May 6. According to police reports, Sellers was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a hypodermic needle. Sellers was placed in custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

 

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Anita M. Ponton, 31, Clifton, May 6. According to police reports, Ponton was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a hypodermic needle. Ponton was placed in custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released.

 

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Cheyenne Hollingsworth, 26, Onarga, May 9. According to police reports, Hollingsworth was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging her with battery. Hollingsworth was aware of her warrant and turned herself in at the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released.

Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 5/12/21

As of 05/11/2021 there have been 2,544 confirmed cases and 470 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 4 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.

Walk-in Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

The Iroquois County Public Health Department (ICPHD), in partnership with Iroquois Memorial Hospital, will be hosting a walk-in, Johnson and Johnson (1 dose) COVID-19 vaccination clinic for Illinois residents age 18 and older May 12, 2021 from 8 AM to 12:30 PM. 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. Please do not attend if you do not feel well the day of this clinic or are in isolation or quarantine. 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. If you are unable to attend 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. 

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 5/11/21

As of 05/10/2021 there have been 2,543 confirmed cases and 467 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 13 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.

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 5/10/21

As of 05/07/2021 there have been 2,532 confirmed cases and 465 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 5 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.

 

 

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 5/7/21

As of 05/06/2021 there have been 2,528 confirmed cases and 464 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.

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE INVESTIGATION LEADS TO AN ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION OFFICER'S ARREST FOR AGGRAVATED BATTERY

 The Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Internal Investigation (DII) conducted an investigation which led to the arrest of Chris Koziol, a Correctional Officer from the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), Stateville Correctional Center, located in Crest Hill, IL.  Koziol, a 40-year-old male of Bourbonnais, IL, has been charged with one count of Aggravated Battery.

 

On Oct. 5, 2020, the ISP DII was notified by IDOC of an allegation of Aggravated Battery against Koziol.

 

On May 5, 2021, after a thorough investigation by the ISP DII investigators, the Will County State’s Attorney’s office approved one count of Aggravated Battery (Class 3 Felony).  On May 6, 2021, Koziol was taken into custody at the Stateville Correctional Center without incident.  Koziol remains in custody on a $50,000 (10% applies) bond from the Will County Jail. No further information is available for release by the ISP.

 

“Protecting all citizens of the State of Illinois is an integral part of the Illinois State Police Division of Internal Investigation (DII) Mission,” stated Captain Darryl Bogard.  “DII takes these types of allegations seriously and will continue to thoroughly investigate such allegations.  The thorough investigative work performed by these officers ensures the public remains confident in the ISP handling allegations of misconduct,” he concluded.

Dead Birds Needed by Health Department

The Iroquois County Public Health Department is asking for assistance from the public in the collection of dead birds found in Iroquois County. “Since West Nile virus arrived in Illinois at the end of the summer of 2001, dead birds have been important sentinels for early West Nile virus activity,” said Ryan Wheeler, Director of Environmental Health for the health department. “We are looking for “perching birds” such as crows, blue jays, starlings, robins, cardinals, mockingbirds, catbirds, and grackles. Also, many species of sparrows, owls, hawks, finches, flycatchers, swallows, warblers and wrens will be accepted for testing.” Dead birds will be collected from May 1st to October 15th, 2021. Mr. Wheeler said submitted birds should be believed dead less than 24 hours. Birds should only be submitted if they have not been damaged by scavenging animals and are not decomposed. Birds that have an obvious cause of death such as a gunshot wound or that have been hit by motor vehicles are not eligible for testing. Residents who find dead birds should double bag them in plastic bags (plastic bags that seal are the best) and then take them to the Iroquois County Public Health Department at 1001 East Grant Street in Watseka. For more information regarding collection of dead birds, contact the Iroquois County Public Health Department at (815) 432-2483 or visit the ICPHD website at https://co.iroquois.il.us/offices/health-department .

ISP District 21 Announces April Activity and Enforcement

 Illinois State Police District 21 Commander, Captain Don Aaron Harsy, announced today activity and enforcement figures for April 2021 Illinois State Police District 21 Troopers issued 606 citations, 659 written warnings, including 26 DUIs, 72 seatbelt citations, and 31 criminal arrests. District 21 Troopers made a total of 735 Traffic stops in April. Troopers also assisted 118 motorists, conducted 91 Motor Carrier Inspections, and investigated 81 traffic crashes. There was one fatal crash investigated by District 21 in April. 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. 

Iroquois County Covid 19 Vaccination Clinic 05/06/2021

WATSEKA, IL – The Iroquois County Public Health Department (ICPHD), in partnership with Iroquois 
Memorial Hospital, will be hosting a walk-in, Johnson and Johnson (1 dose) COVID-19 vaccination clinic for 
Illinois residents age 18 and older May 6, 2021 from 5 PM to 8 PM. 
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. 
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. 

 

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 5/5/21

As of 05/04/2021 there have been 2,514 confirmed cases and 461 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 4 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.

 

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

ISP FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH ALERT

WHAT:                      Pedestrian Fatal Traffic Crash

 

WHERE:                   Interstate 57 southbound milepost 323 (near Manteno), Kankakee County

 

WHEN:                      May 3, 2021 at approximately 8:40 p.m.

 

PEDESTRIAN:         Pending Investigation, 56-year-old male of Chicago, IL (Deceased)

 

VEHICLE:                Unit 2- 2021 Dodge Ram pulling a flatbed trailer

 

DRIVER:                   Unit 2- Pending Investigation, 41-year-old male of Blue Island, IL

 

PRELIMINARY:     A preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: The driver of Unit 2 was traveling southbound on Interstate 57 in the right lane, when he came upon a disabled vehicle on the right shoulder.  Unit 2 was unable to move to the left lane due to a truck tractor semi-trailer traveling in the left lane.  Unit 2 struck the pedestrian standing in the right lane.

 

                                    The right lane of Interstate 57 and milepost 323 was shut down for approximately 4.5 hours for the crash investigation.

 

CHARGES:              Pending investigation.

 

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ANNOUNCE RESULTS OF ALCOHOL COUNTERMEASURE ENFORCEMENT PATROLS

 Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 Commander, Captain Don Aaron Harsy, announces the results of Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement (ACE) patrols which were conducted in Kankakee County on April 30, 2021. These ACE patrols allowed the ISP to focus on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to violations associated with impaired driving and illegal transportation or consumption of alcohol or drugs. Violations Enforcement Activity Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Citations 1 Other Alcohol/Drug Citations 6 Occupant Restraint Offenses 0 Registration Offenses 1 Driver’s License Offenses 5 Insurance Violations 2 Total Citations/Arrests 32 Total Written Warnings 18 Alcohol and drug impairment is a factor in more than 30 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois. There is one alcohol-related traffic fatality every 53 minutes in the United States. The ACE program allows officers to work even harder at removing dangerous DUI offenders from the road. This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation. 

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 5/4/21

As of 05/03/2021 there have been 2,510 confirmed cases and 461 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 12 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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