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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 11/25/2020

We are reporting eighty-six new cases today (two residents in their 90s, five in their 80s, five in their 70s, fourteen in their 60s, eight in their 50s, seventeen in their 40s, thirteen in their 30s, eleven in their 20s, nine teens, one grade-school-aged child and one infant), and 111 released, which brings us to a total of 2,759 positive cases -- 248 of which are active. 

We are saddened to report four additional COVID-related deaths today -- a woman in her 90s, a man in his 90s, a woman in her 70s, and a man in his 60s.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to their friends and families, and to all of those whose lives have been impacted by this pandemic.  Thirty-four Vermilion County residents have suffered COVID-related deaths since this pandemic began.

There are currently 24 COVID-positive Vermilion County residents hospitalized. 

We have received 48,867 negative test results.

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Volunteers from Watseka, IL asked to support "The Flagman's Mission Continues" setting up US Flags for the funeral of Sgt. Jeremy Sherman, United States Army

Help is needed to set up 2,000 plus US 3x5 foot flags on Friday November 27th for the funeral of Sgt. Jeremy Sherman, United States Army, who died on November 12th in a helicopter crash in Egypt.  After the event concludes, help is needed on Tuesday December 1st to take the flags down and reload them into the trailer.

 

Flags will be set up on Friday, November 27th.  Meet at NOON at the Trinity Church parking lot, 1658 East Walnut Street in Watseka.  Jeff Hastings, President of “The Flagman’s Mission Continues”, will provide instruction on how to use the post drivers and how to unfurl the flags for display.  Please bring work gloves!  Pickup trucks are most welcome and are very useful in taking the flags from the trailer at the church to the setup locations.

 

The funeral service is on Monday November 30th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM at Trinity Church with Pastor Ryan Mustered officiating.  Military rites will be provided by the United States Army and Watseka American Legion Post #23.

 

Flags will be taken down on Tuesday December 1st.  Meet at 9:00 AM at the Trinity Church parking lot.  Jeff will provide instructions on how to prepare the flags to put back in the trailer.  Pickup trucks are again most welcome.  Please bring work gloves!

 

Normally setup and take down can be completed in a couple of hours.  A very worthwhile and enjoyable use of your volunteer time!  Bring your cameras – the flags provide a lot of photo opportunities that can be shared with the family and others in the community!

 

Questions, contact Jeff Hastings at 618-409-0323.  For information about “The Flagman’s Mission Continues”, please visit www.theflagmanmission.org

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Fatal Car Crash in Iroquois County

Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle rollover accident early Sunday morning west of Chebanse, involving Kory S. Kohler(20) of Chebanse, Based upon evidence at the scene, Kohler had been traveling east on 3400N approaching 1100E, when he lost control of his 2010 Chevy Camaro. The vehicle skidded off the roadway into the south ditch, impacting the embankment and rolling over into a field, The vehicle sustained major damage & Kohler was trapped inside the car upside down. Riverside EMS and Cheabnse Township Fire arrived at the scene initially and found Kohler to be deceased. Also responding and investigating the crash was the Iroquois County Coroners Office

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Man who took out Floral Hill Cemetery's Entrance arrested-Iroquois County Sheriffs police news 11/24/2020

On November 20th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Co. Rd, 000 N- and approx. 2420 E According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Daniel L. Allison Jr. age 62, ot Hoopeston was traveling north on N. Market St, in Vermilion Co. Upon entering Iroquois Co. Allison failed to negotiate the c,urve onto Co, Rd. 000 N, and continued straight striking a concrete wall- Allison was transported to Hoopeston Hospital for minor injuries. He would tater be placed in custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

 

On November 21 31, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Poffce investigated a single vehicle accident on Co. Rd, 1600 N. near Co


Rd. 1300 E. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Reginald E, Snyder, age 32, of Watseka was traveling west on Co. Rd. 1600 N, when a deer entered the roadway. Snyder maneuvered to avoid the deer and lost controt of the vehicle, Snyder entered the south ditch striking the embankment before coming to a rest in a field. Snyder sustained minor injuries, and no citations were issued.

 

On November 22nd, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident near the Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Dylan L. Jones, age 20, of Stockland was operating a vehicle through Sugar Creek Cemetery and struck a tree before returning to his residence. After a brief investigation, Jones was placed into custody for driving under the influence of alcohol zero tolerance and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Jones was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

On November 22nd, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Darrell L. Jones, age 30, of Hoopeston. According to police reports, Jones was charged with contrjbuttng to the delinquenoy of a minor. Jones was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released,

 

On November 21 st, 2020, Milford Police arrested Phillip B. Millard, age 42, of Watseka- According to police reports, Millard was charged with driving while license revoked. Millard was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

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Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Down 4% Nationally, 2.5% Locally

Thanksgiving celebrations will look different for many Americans this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gatherings are likely to be fewer and farther between, with social distancing and perhaps even remote family get-togethers. One tradition that continues this year is the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual cost survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table.

Farm Bureau’s 35th annual survey indicates the average cost of this year’s Thanksgiving feast for 10 remains affordable at $46.90 or less than $5.00 per person. This is a $2.01 de-crease from last year’s average of $48.91.

Locally, that same meal can be purchased in Vermilion County for $44.04. The local meal dropped a little less than the national average – $1.01. But that local meal still costs less than the national average – this year it’s 6.1% below the national number.

“The average cost of this year’s Thanksgiving dinner is the lowest since 2010,” said AFBF Chief Economist Dr. John Newton. “Pricing whole turkeys as ‘loss leaders’ to entice shoppers and move product is a strategy we’re seeing retailers use that’s increasingly common the closer we get to the holiday,” he explained.

The centerpiece on most Thanksgiving tables – the turkey – costs less than last year, at $19.39 for a 16-pound bird. That’s roughly $1.21 per pound, down 7% from last year. The survey results show that retail turkey prices are the lowest since 2010. The Vermilion County price dropped 10 cents from last year, to 89 cents per pound, for a total of $14.24 – more than $5.00 under the national price.

The shopping list for Farm Bureau’s informal survey includes turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10 with plenty for leftovers.

Items dropping locally included sweet potatoes (down 7%), a veggie tray of carrots and celery (down 5%), whole milk (down 6%) and whipping cream (down 17%). Items higher in the local survey were pumpkin pie mix with pie shells and frozen peas (both up 8%) and brown and serve rolls (up 20%). Local cranberries were unchanged at $2.49 per 12 oz. package.

After adjusting for inflation, the cost of this year’s Thanksgiving dinner is $18.01, down slightly from last year.

In recognition of changes in Thanksgiving dinner traditions, the Farm Bureau price survey also includes ham, potatoes and frozen green beans. Adding these foods to the classic menu increased the overall cost by $13.21, to $60.11. This updated basket of foods also declined slightly in price (4%) compared to 2019. These additional items were up locally, driving the total comparative price to $59.68 – still below the national average.

Although it’s difficult to predict if panic purchasing will again become a concern due to the pandemic, “turkeys – and other staples of the traditional Thanksgiving meal – are currently in ample supply at grocery stores in most areas of the country,” Newton said.

Farmers’ perseverance in continuing to produce food throughout the pandemic despite the challenges of volatile markets has been recognized by the public, according to recent AFBF public opinion research. Nearly nine in 10 adults (88%) trust farmers, a 4% increase from AFBF’s June 2020 polling. Further, the #StillFarming campaign tells the stories of farmers and ranchers still hard at work during the pandemic – and the challenges they are overcoming to feed America and the world.

This year’s national average cost was calculated using more than 230 surveys completed with pricing data from all 50 states. Farm Bureau volunteer shoppers were encouraged to check prices online using grocery store apps and websites due to the pandemic. They looked for the best possible prices without taking advantage of special promotional coupons or purchase deals.

The AFBF Thanksgiving dinner survey was first conducted in 1986. The informal survey provides a record of comparative holiday meal costs over the years. Farm Bureau’s classic survey menu has remained unchanged since 1986 to allow for consistent price comparisons.

 

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 11/24/2020

We are reporting seventy-one new cases today (one resident in their 90s, seven in their 70s, twelve in their 60s, fourteen in their 50s, twelve in their 40s, seven in their 30s, six in their 20s, eight teens, three grade-school-aged children and one infant), and 33 released, which brings us to a total of 2,673 positive cases -- 273 of which are active.

There are currently 28 COVID-positive Vermilion County residents hospitalized.

We have received 48,140 negative test results.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report 11/24/2020

Warrant Arrest H20-5366

Time: 1:36pm

Location: 600 block of S. 3rd Ave

Arrested: Rebecca Burton (48) (F) Hoopeston female

Details: While on scene for an unrelated call, a computer check revealed Burton had an outstanding warrant out of Vermilion County (18TR05921) Burton was taken to HPD, where she posted bond and was released with a new court date.

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 11/23/2020

Vermilion county health department reporting 127 new cases of Covid 19 over the last several days, which brings Vermilion county to a total of 2,602 positive cases -- 235 of which are active.

 

There are currently 27 COVID-positive Vermilion County residents hospitalized.

 

We have received 46,852 negative test results.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report 11/23/2020

Fire Call (Delayed Entry)

Time: 11:37pm

Location: N Market st/4300 North Rd

Details: HFD responded to the above with officers and EMS in reference to an accident with injuries.

 

Battery (City Ordinance) H20-5322

Time: 12:19am

Location: 300 block of E. Seminary

Arrested: Edmeralda Rojas (35) Hoopeston Female

Details: Officers were called to the above in reference to a battery that had occurred. Officers later located the above subject and charged her with the above. Rojas was taken to HPD, where she was processed and later released with a notice to appear in Hoopeston City Court.

Fire Call

Time: 1:13am

Location: Heritage Health Care

Details: HFD was dispatched to the above in reference to a fire alarm going off. It was determined it was a false alarm.

 

 

Disobeying Traffic Control Device; Operating an Uninsured Vehicle; Speeding; Operating

a Motor Vehicle with a Loud Muffler; Defective Windshield; and Driving While License

Revoked H20-5330

Time: 3:26pm

Location: S. Market St/E. Maple St

Arrested: Mark Carrillo (60) year old Hoopeston male

Details: While on a traffic stop a computer check revealed that subject did not have a valid license. Subject was taken to HPD where he was cited for the above, process and later rele

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Hoopeston Police Department Report 11/21/2020

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY H20-5314

Time: 11:05

Location: 600 Block E McNeil

Complainant: (61) year old Hoopeston Male

Details: HPD was called to the above location for a burglary. HPD will continue the investigation.

 

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT NO INJURIES H20-5312

Time: 07:31

Location: S 5th & E Orange Street

Unit 1: 2011 Chevy Malibu owner/driver William A Compton (M)(37) of Hoopeston

Unit 2: 2015 Chevy Cruz owner/driver Hana M Smith (F) (23) of Paris

Details: Unit #1 was heading East on E Orange St.& Unit #2 was slowing for a stopped car when Unit#1 ran into the back of Unit #2

Unit #2 received damage to the rear, driver side trunk/bumper area.

Unit #2 was able to drive the vehicle away on own power

Unit #1 received extensive damage to the front area of the vehicle that was mostly located on the passenger side grille/bumper area.

Unit #1was towed at the owners discretion.

No Injuries, No citations. Unit#1 at fault. Both vehicles insured.

FIRE CALL H20-0128

Time: 11:43

Location: State Route 9/N 2300 East Road

Details: HFD was dispatched to the area for one of 2 tanks leaking a white gassy substance. Tanks being pulled by a tractor. HFD was unable to locate the vehicles.

FIRE CALL H20-0129

Time: 16:42

Location: 426 E Honeywell Avenue, Centennial Manor Apartments

Details: HFD responded for an elevator rescue. Two subjs was trapped and rescued with no reported injuries.

 

 

 

Restraint of Dogs by Owners H20-5316

Time: 4:17pm

Location: 100 block of N. 6th Ave

Citation Issued to: Linda Drollinger (55) female of Hoopeston

Details: Citations were issued to the dog owner for the dogs being off property and running at large.

 

 

 

Accident (PD) H20-5318

Time 6:38pm

Location: 100 block of E. Lincoln St

Unit #1: 2019 Freightliner Truck Tractor driven by Alvin Carpenter (64) of GA

Unit #2: Concrete Barrier

Details: Unit #1 came to a dead end on Lincoln and when the driver attempted to turn right he struck a concrete barrier. Unit #1 was insured. No injuries reported. Driver was cited for Disobeying Traffic Control Device.

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 11/21/2020

General Updates

 

Changes or updates in my daily emails will now be highlighted in RED

 

Region 6 (without UIUC tests) increased to 14.6% (ending 11/17).   Vermilion County’s 7-day rolling average decreased to 14.3%.  The State continues an upward trend in deaths. All counties, except 1 (Union), are in the warning area. 

 

COVID19 updates on our webpage:  https://vchd.org/covid-19/

 

 

Mitigation Measures  (No new changes at this time)

 

Tier 3 Begins today!

 

Please click on the following link for details:  https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/restore-illinois-mitigation-plan

 

Update on Cases

 

Today’s Report (2 days) on Cases:  We had 86 new cases and 101 released for a total of 245 active cases.  Currently 217 are in home isolation and 28 are hospitalized.  We had 5 new hospitalizations with our new cases.  We had an additional death who was hospitalized, a gentleman in his 80s.  Our hearts go out to his family in friends. 
This brings us to a total of 30 deaths. 

 

Today’s cases included, 3 infants, 1 toddler, 5 grade school children, 6 teens, 13 in their 20s, 14 in their 30s, 10 in their 40s, 13 in their 50s, 9 in their 60s, 8 in their 70s, 2 in their 80s, and 2 in their 90s. 

 

 

Increased Cases / Outbreaks

  • Long Term Care / Congregate living
  • Schools / Daycares
  • Businesses / Industries
  • Eating establishments
  • Households

 

 

Rumor Mill

 

  • Nothing new at this time.

 

Attachments

  • IDPH Update
  • VCHD Updated Graphic (in both JPG and PDF)

 

 

 

Statistics

Vermilion County

Total Negatives:  46,852

Total positives: 2475

 

For All the County Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics (From 11/8/2020 - 11/14/2020)

New Cases per 100K:  677

Number of deaths:  7

Test positivity:  14.3%

Tests performed:  3,844

CLI (COVID19 like illness) ED visits (%), Adults:  7.6%

Number of CLI Admissions:  27

Cluster of Cases .6%

ICU (%) Available:  32%

 

For County and School Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countyschool?county=Vermilion (from 11/8/2020-11/14/2020)

 Youth Case Increase:  93 Youth Cases (substantial increase) – the prior week we only had 29

New Total Cases:  520 (substantial) – the prior week we had 357

 

Regionally (Region 6) EXCLUDING UIUC Testing (ending on 11/17)

Test Positivity 7 Day Rolling Average: 8 days of positivity currently at 14.6% 

Hospital Admissions 7 Day Rolling Average:  6 days of hospital admission increases 

Med Surge Bed Availability:  28% 

ICU Bed Availability:  35%

For Regional Metrics, including the breakdown by county:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics

 

Testing Information

 

  • COVID 19 Mobile Testing Van will be here at the Vermilion County Health Department:
    • November 27th from 9-4:30
  • Testing Results:  To get results for mobile testing, you can call 1-888-297-7208.  Please wait at least 3-4 days after testing before you call.  The State of Illinois Testing Center should call, but this is just in case. 
  • For Testing locations, please go to the following link:  https://vchd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Testing-Sites-for-Vermilion-County.pdf

 

Vaccination Plans  (no set dates at this time) http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccination-plan

    • Both Pfizer and Moderna have promising results in their COVID19 vaccines and are close to submission for EUA.  This could mean vaccines would be available to some of the population by the end of December or early January. 

 

Updated/New Guidance

 

  • Nothing New at this time

 

Updates of Flu

 

We still have flu shots left.  While we have completed our flu clinics, people can still do walk-ins.  If you are uncomfortable with coming in, you can request an appointment and we can do a drive thru.  You can call 431-2662 ext. 249 for more information. 

 

Charts

 

Positivity Rates:  This can also be found at the following link if you want to see the other counties that are in our region. REMINDER:  We want it to be UNDER 8%.  You will have to scroll down all the way to see them. http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics?regionID=6  

 

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report 11/20/2020

Theft(City)

Time: 5:31PM

Location: 800 blk of E Wyman

Arrested: Haley L Shantz(20)(F)of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were dispatched to the above location for a theft report.

Ms. Shantz was located and given a City notice to appear.

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Appointment of New Associate Judge for Vermilion County

Chief Circuit Judge Mitchell Shick of Charleston today announced the appointment of City of Danville Corporation Counsel Charles D. Mockbee, IV as an associate judge for the 5th Judicial Circuit. The 5th Circuit encompasses five counties: Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Edgar, and Vermilion. The new associate judge will primarily be assigned to Danville. He is expected to take office on December 18, 2020.

During August of this year, in response in part to the case backlog caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Chief Judge Shick requested that the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts authorize the filling of an associate judge position which had gone unfilled for a number of years. The Administrative Office gave its authorization and fourteen attorneys applied. Mockbee was elected by vote of the Circuit’s twelve circuit judges.

Responding to the appointment, Vermilion County Presiding Judge Thomas O’Shaughnessy said, “Mr. Mockbee has demonstrated the depth and breadth of legal knowledge, ability, and experience to have a successful judicial career. He has served the people of Vermilion County as an Assistant State’s Attorney, in private practice, and as Danville’s attorney, and has earned the opportunity to serve as an associate judge. He has consistently adhered to high ethical standards, and has a reputation for honesty, diligence, and fairness. He is thorough, prepared, pragmatic, patient, and courteous. He will be a good fit for our judicial team in Vermilion County. We congratulate him and welcome him to the Bench.”

Mockbee is a graduate of Bismarck-Henning High School and attended Danville Area Community College before earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, where he served on the Law Journal’s Board of Editors.

Mockbee has been active in community civic and social service organizations. He has taught criminal law at DACC, is a member and past president of the Bismarck Lions Club, a past member and president of the Danville Bell Credit Union Board, a past member of the Danville Library Foundation Board, and a past member of the Downtown Danville Board. He has volunteered for Peer Court, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and the Salvation Army. He is a member of the Vermilion County (past president) and Illinois State Bar Associations.

Mockbee and his wife, Rebecca, have one child.

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 11/19/2020

General Updates

 

Changes or updates in my daily emails will now be highlighted in RED

 

Region 6 (without UIUC tests) maintained at 14.0% (ending 11/15).   Vermilion County’s 7-day rolling average decreased 14.2%. 

 

COVID19 updates on our webpage:  https://vchd.org/covid-19/

 

 

Mitigation Measures  (No new changes at this time)

 

All 11 regions will move into Tier 3 effective November 20, 2020 at 12:01AM

 

Please click on the following link for details:  https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/restore-illinois-mitigation-plan

 

Areas Affected:

  • Retail
  • Personal Care Service
  • Health and Fitness
  • Hotels
  • Manufacturing
  • Bars and Restaurants
  • Meetings and Social Events
  • Offices
  • Organized Group Recreational Activities
  • Indoor Recreation, Theaters, Cultural Institutions

 

School districts and local officials should follow extensive guidance released by IDPH and ISBE in August and make decisions related to in-person and remote learning at the local level, based on the unique needs of their communities.

 

Child care facilities may continue to operate subject to DCFS guidelines.

 

To get to Tier 2:  In order for a region to move back to Tier 2 mitigations, a region must experience less than 12% test positivity rate for 3 consecutive days AND greater than 20% available ICU and hospital bed availability AND declining COVID19 hospitalizations in 7 out of the last 10 days.  Once we reach that, then we will need to continue progress to get back to Tier 1 and then hopefully back to Phase 4.  I am anticipating this taking us well into December unfortunately. 

 

It’s going to take our community being responsible and making good decisions to get back open again.  I have included a graph that depicts what non-pharmaceutical interventions (social distancing, masking, closures) did for the United States during the 1918 pandemic.  Again, this is NOT the first time we’ve had a lot of people get sick and die from a virus and this is not the first time WE had to put in strong mitigations to combat a pandemic.  We can learn a lot from history.  As you can see when there was a lapse in social distancing measures, the deaths went up and once the social distancing measures were implemented, they went down. 

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report 11/19/2020

Fire Call

Time: 4:39am

Location: 423 N Dixie Hwy, Heritage Health Care

Details: HFD was dispatched to a fire alarm at the above location. Nothing found and alarm

was reset.

 

 

Item Found

Details: Debit card was found outside the Drivers Facility. Owner may come to the station

to identify it.

 

 

Driving While License Revoked; Possession of Methamphetamine; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Possession of a Firearm by a Felon; Obstructing Justice; Resisting/Obstructing a Peace Officer

Time: 8:28pm

Location: 3rd St/Penn St

Arrested: Titus Barber (42) Hoopeston Male

Arrested: Andrew Thompson (56) Hoopeston Male

Details: While on a traffic stop a computer check revealed that Thompson did not have a valid license. The above subjects were found to be in possession of a firearm, methamphetamine, and paraphernalia. Both subjects were taken to HPD, where they were charged with the above, processed, and later transported to the PSB.

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 11/18/2020

General Updates

Changes or updates in my daily emails will now be highlighted in RED

NEW MITIGATIONS - PLEASE SEE BELOW – MOVING TO TIER 3

Region 6 (without UIUC tests) maintained at 14.0% (ending 11/14).   Vermilion County’s 7-day rolling average decreased 14.3%.

COVID19 updates on our webpage:  https://vchd.org/covid-19/<https://vchd.org/covid-19/>


Mitigation Measures

All 11 regions will move into Tier 3 effective November 20, 2020 at 12:01AM:  I am still digesting this as it literally just came across my desk.  So please be patient for more information.

Please click on the following link for details:  https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/restore-illinois-mitigation-plan<https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/restore-illinois-mitigation-plan>

Areas Affected:

  *   Retail
  *   Personal Care Service
  *   Health and Fitness
  *   Hotels
  *   Manufacturing
  *   Bars and Restaurants
  *   Meetings and Social Events
  *   Offices
  *   Organized Group Recreational Activities
  *   Indoor Recreation, Theaters, Cultural Institutions

School districts and local officials should follow extensive guidance released by IDPH and ISBE<https://www.isbe.net/Pages/covid19.aspx> in August and make decisions related to in-person and remote learning at the local level, based on the unique needs of their communities.

Child care facilities may continue to operate subject to DCFS guidelines<https://www2.illinois.gov/dcfs/brighterfutures/healthy/Documents/Day_Care_Guidance.pdf>.


Update on Cases


Today’s confirmed cases:  We have 61 new cases and 126 released.  This brings our confirmed active case count to 258 with 235 in home isolation and 23 hospitalized (6 cases are no longer hospitalized, 1 was completely released, 4 were released to home isolation, and 1 has died).   A gentleman in his 70s has died.  Our hearts go out to his family and friends.

New cases include:  2 infants, 2 toddlers, 1 preschooler, 1 grade school child, 7 teens, 12 in their 20s, 11 in their 30s, 8 in their 40s, 7 in their 50s, 3 in their 60s, 5 in their 70s, 1 in their 80s and 1 in their 90s.

Hospitals and Congregate living facilities continue to have strains on their resources and personnel.

Increased Cases / Outbreaks

  *   Long Term Care / Congregate living
  *   Schools / Daycares
  *   Businesses / Industries


Rumor Mill


  *   Nothing new at this time.

Attachments

  *   IDPH Update
  *   VCHD Updated Graphic (in both JPG and PDF)



Statistics
Vermilion County
Total Negatives:  45,979
Total positives: 2267

For All the County Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics<http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics> (From 11/1/2020 - 11/7/2020)
For County and School Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countyschool?county=Vermilion<http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countyschool?county=Vermilion> (from 11/1/2020-11/7/2020)

Regionally (Region 6) EXCLUDING UIUC Testing (ending on 11/13)
Test Positivity 7 Day Rolling Average: 9 days of positivity currently at 14.0%
Hospital Admissions 7 Day Rolling Average:  5 days of hospital admission increases
Med Surge Bed Availability:  37%
ICU Bed Availability:  33%
For Regional Metrics, including the breakdown by county:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics<https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=http%3a%2f%2fwww.dph.illinois.gov%2fregionmetrics&c=E,1,SrJAzCedeI1zVzqwerNImFBaKVhJ7q_Bb38Gy884N_Gf9_L2YqRagAA5jJDPUrgQyDCtH6VdOygne1QWQa6A4rFgJf-7fgpE_EtpeMiQ&typo=1>

Testing Information


  *   IMPORTANT:  If your agency is doing any testing, please make sure that your negative and positive results are being submitted through IDPH’s redcap system.  If you are not registered in redcap, you MUST create an account and begin to enter your results.  https://redcap.dph.illinois.gov/<https://redcap.dph.illinois.gov/> This is crucial that our county accounts for every test we do.
  *   Testing Results:  To get results for mobile testing, you can call 1-800-889-3931 or 1-888-297-7208.  Please wait at least 3-4 days after testing before you call.  The State of Illinois Testing Center should call, but this is just in case.
  *   For Testing locations, please go to the following link:  https://vchd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Testing-Sites-for-Vermilion-County.pdf<https://vchd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Testing-Sites-for-Vermilion-County.pdf>

Vaccination Plans  (no set dates at this time) http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccination-plan<http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccination-plan>

     *   If you plan on dispensing, please make sure that you are signed up in ICARE for COIVD19.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Updated/New Guidance


  *   Nothing New at this time

Updates of Flu

Early flu reports still indicate a lower than normal flu season.  For more information:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/influenza/influenza-surveillance<http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/influenza/influenza-surveillance>

  *   Percent of outpatient visits for ILI (influenza like illness) – 1.46% (baseline is 1.9%)
  *   Percent /number of Influenza positive tests – Season so far is .8%
  *   Illinois influenza-associated ICU admissions – Season so far is 2



We still have about flu shots left.  While we have completed our flu clinics, people can still do walk-ins.  If you are uncomfortable with coming in, you can request an appointment and we can do a drive thru.  You can call 431-2662 ext. 249 for more information.

Charts

Positivity Rates:  This can also be found at the following link if you want to see the other counties that are in our region. REMINDER:  We want it to be UNDER 8%.  You will have to scroll down all the way to see them. http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics?regionID=6<http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics?regionID=6>

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Illinois State Police Announce Results of Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols in Vermilion County

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 10 Commander, Captain Louis Kink, announces the results of Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) held in Vermilion County during November. These OREPs provided extra patrol coverage for the ISP so officers could focus on saving lives by making sure all vehicle occupants were buckled up.

Violations Enforcement Activity

Safety Belt Citations 33

Child Restraint Citations 1

Total Citations 41

Total Written Warnings 8

 

Most motorists know safety belts save lives, but some ignore their safety and that of their families by neglecting to use safety belts and child restraint devices. These patrols reinforce the occupant protection message by focusing on those who ignore the law. Lives can be saved if people simply “buckle up!” This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report 11/17/2020

Traffic Accident H20-5242

Time of Accident: 12:00 AM

Date of Accident: 11-14-2020

Location of Accident: 800 W Main Street Driveway

Unit 1: 2015 Jeep driven by Johanna Rutledge of Hoopeston (F) (26)

Unit 2: 2017 Chevy Equinox Owned by Brianna Meier of Milford

Parked Unit in drive.

Details: Unit 2 was parked overnight in a driveway, Unit 1 struck Unit 2 but did not realized she had hit the unit. Unit 1 did provide full details and cooperation. Both units insured no tickets, no injuries reported.

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 11/17/2020

General Updates

 

Changes or updates in my daily emails will now be highlighted in RED

 

Region 6 (without UIUC tests) increased to 14.0% (ending 11/13).   Vermilion County’s 7-day rolling average increased to 14.5%. 

 

COVID19 updates on our webpage:  https://vchd.org/covid-19/

 

 

Mitigation Measures  (This is NOT Phase 3)

 

TIER ONE – Still on Tier 1

 

The state has not put us on Tier 2 yet, even though it has been 14 days since we were put on Tier 1 and that is the guidance they have followed for other counties.  I have asked what plans are and am waiting to hear back.  I will keep you posted.  Continue to follow Tier 1 until we hear more.

 

IDPH released guidance on Region 6 - https://dceocovid19resources.com/assets/Restore-Illinois/COVID-19-Resurgence-Migitations.pdf

Mitigation Q and A (Updated on 11/9, begins on page 8): https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/Documents/Essential%20Business%20FAQ.pdf

 

 

Update on Cases

 

Over the weekend we had 67 new confirmed cases and 41 released.  6 of these new cases were hospitalized.

 

Today’s confirmed cases:  We have 47 new cases and 28 released.  This brings our confirmed active case count to 324 with 295 in home isolation and 29 hospitalized   New cases include:  3 grade school children, 5 teens, 8 in their 20s, 4 in their 30s, 6 in their 40s, 5 in their 50s, 12 in their 60s, 2 in their 70s, and 2 in their 80s.   

 

 

PLEASE READ:  Strains on healthcare providers and LTCs are extremely high with the increase in COVID19 cases.       

 

 

 

Increased Cases / Outbreaks

  • Election Judges
  • Long Term Care / Congregate living
  • Schools / Daycares
  • Businesses / Industries

 

 

Rumor Mill

 

  • Nothing new at this time.

 

Attachments

  • IDPH Update
  • VCHD Updated Graphic (in both JPG and PDF)

 

 

 

Statistics

Vermilion County

Total Negatives:  44,792

Total positives: 2267

 

For All the County Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics (From 11/1/2020 - 11/7/2020)

For County and School Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countyschool?county=Vermilion (from 11/1/2020-11/7/2020)

 

Regionally (Region 6) EXCLUDING UIUC Testing (ending on 11/13)

Test Positivity 7 Day Rolling Average: 9 days of positivity currently at 14.0% 

Hospital Admissions 7 Day Rolling Average:  5 days of hospital admission increases 

Med Surge Bed Availability:  35% 

ICU Bed Availability:  32%

For Regional Metrics, including the breakdown by county:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics

 

Testing Information

 

  • IMPORTANT:  If your agency is doing any testing, please make sure that your negative and positive results are being submitted through IDPH’s redcap system.  If you are not registered in redcap, you MUST create an account and begin to enter your results.  https://redcap.dph.illinois.gov/ This is crucial that our county accounts for every test we do.   
  • Testing Results:  To get results for mobile testing, you can call 1-800-889-3931 or 1-888-297-7208.  Please wait at least 3-4 days after testing before you call.  The State of Illinois Testing Center should call, but this is just in case. 

 

Vaccination Plans  (no set dates at this time) http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccination-plan

    • If you plan on dispensing, please make sure that you are signed up in ICARE for COIVD19.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

 

Updated/New Guidance

 

  • Nothing New at this time

 

Flu Shots

 

We still have about flu shots left.  While we have completed our flu clinics, people can still do walk-ins.  If you are uncomfortable with coming in, you can request an appointment and we can do a drive thru.  You can call 431-2662 ext. 249 for more information. 

 

Charts

 

Positivity Rates:  This can also be found at the following link if you want to see the other counties that are in our region. REMINDER:  We want it to be UNDER 8%.  You will have to scroll down all the way to see them. http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics?regionID=6  

 

 

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Former Watseka man among dead in Egypt copter crash

A Watseka man has been identified as one of five soldiers who died in a helicopter crash November 12 in Sinai, Egypt. Sgt. Jeremy Cain Sherman, 23, of Watseka, was killed when the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter he was on crashed Thursday in Sinai, Egypt. Four other service members died in the incident, including Capt. Seth Vernon, 31, of Katy, Tex.; Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dallas Gearld Garza, 34, of Fayetteville N. Car., Chief Warrant Officer 2 Marwan Sameh Ghabour, 27, of Marlborough, Mass.; and Staff Sgt. Kyle Robert McKee, 35, of Painesville, Ohio. The United States Army announced the victims’ names Saturday. Two others - Sgt. Maj. Michaela Ticha, of the Czech Republic and Lt. Col. Sebastien Botta, of France - were confirmed as casualties by their respective governments. An unidentified U.S. service member was injured in the crash, but has not been identified. The soldier was medically evacuated to an Israeli hospital and was said to be in critical condition, according to media reports. According to social media, Sgt. Sherman attended Watseka Community High School. He joined the U.S. Army in 2015 and was a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter mechanic/ crew chief. Most recently, he and his wife, Kathleen, lived in Clarksville, Tenn. The soldiers, part of peacekeeping operations with the Multinational Force and Observers mission, were on a reconnaissance mission and crashed near the island of Tiran. The crash is under investigation. Mechanical failure is believed to have been the cause. Malicious activity does not appear to be involved, according to printed reports. About 700 troops are stationed in the area as part of a 35 -year-old peacekeeping mission, according to the Military Times. In recent months, troops in the area have assisted in operations against Islamic State group fighters, along with other regional security duties, the publication said. 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report 11/14/2020

Criminal Damage to Property H20-5240

Time: 5:33pm

Location: 500 blk N 10th Av

Complainant: 26 year old Hoopeston female

Details: HPD officers were called to the area for criminal damage to a vehicle. An

investigation continues.

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Jesse White Announces Closure of Driver Services Facilities from Nov. 17 until Dec. 7, 2020, Due to Worsening COVID-19 Pandemic

Driver’s licenses and ID card expirations will be extended until June 1, 2021 White encourages online renewal options CDL facilities remain open for truck drivers Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is announcing Driver Services facilities statewide will be closed to the public for in person transactions effective Tuesday, Nov. 17 and will reopen on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic. White is encouraging the public to take advantage of online services. In addition, White announced that expiration dates for driver’s licenses and ID cards will be extended until June 1, 2021. This June 1, 2021 extension also includes those who have February, March, April and May 2021 expiration dates. As a result, expired driver’s licenses and ID cards will remain valid until June 1, 2021. CDL (Commercial Driver License) holders and commercial permit holders are excluded from this extension due to federal requirements. “After careful consideration, we have decided to close all Driver Services facilities until December 7, 2020, due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic,” said White. “The health and safety of employees and the public remains paramount and face-to-face transactions potentially increase the further spread of the virus. We have extended expiration dates to assist people during this difficult time. I am also encouraging customers to consider using online services which are available for many office transactions.” As White noted, many transactions with the Secretary of State’s office may be conducted online at www.cyberdriveillinois.com, some of which include:

· Renewing a license plate sticker;

· Renewing a valid driver’s license for qualifying drivers;

· Renewing a valid ID card for those age 22-64 (seniors 65 and older have free, non-expiring IDs);

· Obtaining a driver record abstract;

· Filing Business Services documents, such as incorporations and annual reports; and · Customers with issues involving administrative hearings may contact adminhearings@ilsos.gov. Those who are eligible for online driver’s license renewal will receive a letter from the Secretary of State’s office with a PIN necessary for online renewal. Those whose driver’s licenses or ID cards expired between Feb. 1, 2020 and Jan. 31, 2021, who qualify for online renewal should receive their PIN letter in December 2020 or January 2021. Those whose driver’s licenses or ID cards expire after Feb. 1, 2021, will receive their PIN letter approximately 90 days before their expiration date.

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Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Site Coming to Ford County

– Ford County Public Health Department (FCPHD) is announcing that a COVID-19 testing site is coming to the area next week. A mobile testing unit managed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will be stationed in Paxton, IL according to the following schedule: Friday, November 20, 2020 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (Anyone in line at 4:00 pm will be tested) Ford County Public Health Department 235 N. Taft St. Paxton, IL Know Before You Go Testing is free and open to all regardless of symptoms. Simple nasal swabs will be used. A phone number and name are required to receive testing results. Individuals will be called with results within 4-7 business days. Individuals are encouraged to bring their health insurance card but can still be tested without insurance. Other Testing Options State-run Community-Based Testing Sites located in Champaign (Market Place Mall, 2000 N. Neil St) and Bloomington (1106 Interstate Drive) are open 7 days a week. Testing at these sites is free. For more information, visit the IDPH website at https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid-19-testing-sites. Many healthcare providers in Ford County also have COVID-19 testing available. Please contact your provider or the facility to ask about testing criteria and appointment availability. “We encourage our residents to take advantage of the mobile testing site or Community-Based Testing Sites and get tested right away if they are experiencing symptoms, or after being exposed to an infected person,” says Lana Sample, FCPHD Administrator. “Testing is an important first step that help

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 11/13/2020

General Updates

 

Changes or updates in my daily emails will now be highlighted in RED

 

Region 6 (without UIUC tests) increased to 13.0% (ending 11/10).   Vermilion County’s 7-day rolling average increased to 12.7%.  Vermilion County remains on the warning list.  See information below under statistics. 

 

COVID19 updates on our webpage:  https://vchd.org/covid-19/

 

 

Mitigation Measures  (This is NOT Phase 3)

 

TIER ONE Mitigations  (it is likely that we will go into Tier 2 mitigations by Monday) – here are the guidelines for Tier 2 - https://dceocovid19resources.com/assets/Restore-Illinois/Tier-2-COVID-19-Resurgence-Migitations.pdf

  • Areas added under Tier 2 include are denoted by *

 

IDPH released guidance on Region 6 - https://dceocovid19resources.com/assets/Restore-Illinois/COVID-19-Resurgence-Migitations.pdf

Mitigation Q and A (Updated on 11/9, begins on page 8): https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/Documents/Essential%20Business%20FAQ.pdf

 

 

Update on Cases

 

Today’s confirmed cases:  We have 90 new cases and 68 released.  This brings our confirmed active case count to 279 with 256 in home isolation and 23 hospitalized (we had 4 new hospitalizations, 1 released completely from the hospital and isolation and 3 released from the hospital into home isolation).  New cases include:  6 grade school children, 7 teens, 10 in their 20s, 9 in their 30s, 14 in their 40s, 13 in their 50s, 12 in their 60s, 9 in their 70s, 8 in their 80s and 2 in their 90s.   

 

We are reporting 10 deaths today (deaths stemming from 10/31-present), one gentleman in his 40s, one gentleman in his 60s, 6 gentlemen in their 70s, and 2 gentlemen in their 80s.  Our hearts go out to their friends and family.  We now have 27 deaths total from COVID19.     8 of these were from congregate living facilities. 

 

PLEASE READ:  Many of our VC hospitals and LTCs are in crisis mode with the number of outbreaks, availability of staff, etc.   Bed availability is down significantly.  Please remember that other emergencies are happening in our county and taking up beds and staff.  Higher numbers of COVID19 have added additional strain on current resources.  While I can report on Vermilion County residents, the current hospitalizations that we report do not reflect those who do not live in Vermilion County.       

 

 

 

Increased Cases / Outbreaks

  • Election Judges
  • Long Term Care / Congregate living – we have quite a few outbreaks in our long-term care and congregate setting facilities
  • Schools / Daycares
  • Businesses / Industries

 

 

Rumor Mill

 

  • Rumor is:  It’s okay to have COVID19 positive staff work.  The Truth is:  Once again, IDPH STRONGLY DOES NOT recommend having staff work that are COVID19 positive, especially those who are symptomatic.

 

Attachments

  • IDPH Update
  • VCHD Updated Graphic (in both JPG and PDF)

 

 

 

Statistics

Vermilion County

Total Negatives:  43,478

Total positives: 2153

 

For All the County Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics (From 11/1/2020 - 11/7/2020)

New Cases  per 100,000:  465 per 100K

Number of deaths:  8

Test Positivity:  11.9%

Tests Performed:  3,068

CLI (COVID19 like Illness) ED Visits % (Adults):  6.7%

Number of CLI Admissions:  18

Cluster (%) of Cases 3.8%

ICU (%) Available:  39.8%

For County and School Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countyschool?county=Vermilion (from 11/1/2020-11/7/2020)

Youth Case Increase – 29 youth cases (minimal)

New Cases - 357

 

Regionally (Region 6) EXCLUDING UIUC Testing (ending on 11/10)

Test Positivity 7 Day Rolling Average: 8 days of positivity currently at 13.0% 

Hospital Admissions 7 Day Rolling Average:  5 days of hospital admission increases 

Med Surge Bed Availability:  31% 

ICU Bed Availability:  31%

For Regional Metrics, including the breakdown by county:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics

 

Testing Information

 

  • IMPORTANT:  If your agency is doing any testing, please make sure that your negative and positive results are being submitted through IDPH’s redcap system.  If you are not registered in redcap, you MUST create an account and begin to enter your results.  https://redcap.dph.illinois.gov/ This is crucial that our county accounts for every test we do.   
  • Testing Results:  To get results for mobile testing, you can call 1-800-889-3931 or 1-888-297-7208.  Please wait at least 3-4 days after testing before you call.  The State of Illinois Testing Center should call, but this is just in case. 

 

Vaccination Plans  (no set dates at this time) http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccination-plan

    • If you plan on dispensing, please make sure that you are signed up in ICARE for COIVD19.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

 

Updated/New Guidance

 

  • Nothing New at this time

 

Flu Shots

 

We still have about 400 flu shots left.  While we have completed our flu clinics, people can still do walk-ins.  If you are uncomfortable with coming in, you can request an appointment and we can do a drive thru.  You can call 431-2662 ext. 249 for more information. 

 

Charts

 

Positivity Rates:  This can also be found at the following link if you want to see the other counties that are in our region. REMINDER:  We want it to be UNDER 8%.  You will have to scroll down all the way to see them. http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics?regionID=6  

 

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Hoopeston Police Report 11/13/2020

Criminal Damage to Vehicle H20-5218

Time: 08:35

Location: 300 block S 4th Street

Complainant: 27-year-old Hoopeston Male

Arrested: Haley M Edwards (24) (F) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD was called to the above location for criminal damage to vehicle. After officer’s investigation, Ms. Edwards was placed under arrest and taken to HPD for processing. Ms. Edwards was transported to Vermilion County Jail.

 

 

Item Recovered

*** Update*** Owner located and phone returned.

Location: 400 blk of S Market

Details: A phone was found in the above location. Owner may come to the station to

identify it.

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