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Vermilion County Covid 19 update

Region 6 (without UIUC tests) increased to 8.4% (ending 10/26).  If the Region has 1 more day at 8% or above, we will go into mitigation measure.  It would take an extremely low daily rate for us to go back under 8%.     https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/restore-illinois-mitigation-plan.  If we are over 8% tomorrow, then I would imagine restrictions would begin on Monday, November 2nd

 

Vermilion County’s 7-Day rolling average is 7.8.  Our last 2 daily positivity rates have been over 8%. 

 

We still strongly encourage people to use discretion in attending large gatherings over 50 that could be deemed as super spreader events.  It is quite probable that we will be looking at gathering over 25 soon.  Please encourage proper mask and social distancing guidance.   

 

Looking at the month of October, I’d like everyone to see the alarming increases in just ONE month that we’ve seen.  We began keeping track of data in March.  The rise in deaths and hospitalizations are very concerning. 

 

 

October 1

October 29

Cases (More than doubled in less than a month)

731

1617

Hospitalizations (More than doubled in less than a month)

7

17

Deaths (more than doubled, 9 in October alone)

5

13

Positivity Rate (goal is under 8%)

9.6%

7.8%

Total Negative Tests

27,450

37,336

 

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

 

Update on Cases

 

Today’s Cases:  33 new cases and 34 were released out of isolation.   Our active cases are now at 187 with 170 isolated at home and 17 hospitalized.  Have have 1 toddler, 2 grade school children, 4 their 20s, 2 in their 30s, 3 in their 40s, 7 in their 50s, 5 in their 60s, 6 in their 70s, and 3 in their 80s. 

 

Outbreak Information

  • There are increased cases or outbreaks in the following areas:
    • Congregate Living Facilities – both staff and residents
    • Industries
    • Workplaces
    • Schools (multiple schools have temporarily gone back to remote learning or had to shut down classrooms. 

 

 

Statistics

Vermilion County

Total Negatives:  37,336

Total positives: 1617

For All the County Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics

For County and School Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countyschool?county=Vermilion 

 

Regionally (Region 6) EXCLUDING UIUC Testing

Test Positivity 7 Day Rolling Average: 5 days of positivity currently at 8.4% 

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

Med Surge Bed Availability:  32% 

ICU Bed Availability:  42%

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

 

Testing Information

 

  • COVID-19 Mobile Testing Van at DACC (2000 E. Main St. Danville) in their north parking lot from 9-4:30
    • 11/2 – 11/8
  • 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.   
  • Long Term Care – If we go into mitigation phases, there might be changes to your guidance.  I will keep you posted.

 

Flu Shots

 

We will have drive-thru flu clinics on the following days HERE at the Vermilion County Health Department.

  • October 30 (Fri) 2:00 - 5:00
  • November 6 (Fri) 1:00 - 4:00
  • November 7 (Sat) 9:00 - noon

 

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

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

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Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/29/2020

Fire Call

Time: 1:29am

Location: 800 blk E Main St

Details: HFD was dispatched to a hot to the touch breaker box. Fire department found a space heater was blowing the circuit. Fire department cleared the scene.

 

 

 

Possession of Meth, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia H20-5024 2020-8644

Time: 7:41PM

Location: S 6th Ave/W Washington St

Arrested: Michelle R. Coffey (44) (F) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers conducted a traffic stop. A search of the vehicle showed there to be meth and drug paraphernalia. Mrs. Coffey was arrested and taken to HPD for processing and later transported to the PSB.

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 10/29/2020

General Updates

 

New guidance has come out in a lot different areas, please see the guidance section below.  Also, new information in the testing section.  I have also added a Vaccination Plan Section.

 

Region 6 (without UIUC tests) increased to 8.1% (ending 10/25).  If the Region has 2 more days at 8% or above, we will go into mitigation measure.    https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/restore-illinois-mitigation-plan

 

Vermilion County’s 7-Day rolling average is 7.7.  This is the 3rd day in a row that we are under the 8% warning level.  We still strongly encourage people to use discretion in attending large gatherings over 50 that could be deemed as super spreader events.  Please encourage proper mask and social distancing guidance.     

 

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

 

Update on Cases

 

Today’s Cases:  25 new cases and 18 were released out of isolation.   Our active cases are now at 188 with 170 isolated at home and 18 hospitalized.  Two of our new cases are hospitalized.  We have 3 their 20s, 1 in their 30s, 2 in their 40s, 3 in their 50s, 7 in their 60s, 6 in their 70s, 2 in their 80s, and 1 in their 90s. 

 

Outbreak Information

  • There are increased cases or outbreaks in the following areas:
    • Congregate Living Facilities – both staff and residents
    • Industries
    • Workplaces
    • Schools (multiple schools have temporarily gone back to remote learning)

 

 

 

Statistics

Vermilion County

Total Negatives:  36,973

Total positives: 1584

For All the County Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics

For County and School Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countyschool?county=Vermilion 

 

Regionally (Region 6) EXCLUDING UIUC Testing

Test Positivity 7 Day Rolling Average: 4 days of positivity currently at 8.1% 

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

Med Surge Bed Availability:  34% 

ICU Bed Availability:  41%

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

 

Testing Information

 

  • COVID-19 Mobile Testing Van at DACC (2000 E. Main St. Danville) in their north parking lot from 9-4:30
    • 11/2 – 11/8
  • 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.   
  • Long Term Care – because we are in the Medium level for positivity rate (5%-10%) – you need to continue to test weekly.  This was on a call from IDPH today.
  • Long Term Care - We have been told that Binax Now antigen cards are being sent to LTCs.  Please make sure that you sign a CLIA agreement and create an account in the redcap system to input them in.

 

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

 

  • If you are an LTC, hospital, provider that wants to distribute vaccines to your patients, staff, etc.  You MUST register in I-CARE, sign and return the CDC COVID019 Vaccination Program Provider Agreement and Profile form, electronically through I-Care.   There is a possibility of some LTCs to work with local pharmacies.  More information to come about that. 
  • Vaccinations will be given in phases:
    • Phase 1: Potentially limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses available. Vaccine administration strategies in phase 1 is broken into two sub-phases:
      • Phase 1a – paid and unpaid health care workers. First responders – police and fire should be included in Phase 1a, but after health care workers
      • Phase 1b – Other essential workers and persons at higher risks of severe COVID-19 illness, including persons 65 years of age and older
    • Phase 2: Large number of vaccine doses available – critical populations, as defined by the CDC and ACIP first, then can transition to the general population
    • Phase 3: Sufficient supply of vaccine doses for entire population (surplus of doses) – all groups are included in this phase

 

 

Updated/New Guidance (I suggest printing these out to have on hand)

 

 

Flu Shots

 

We will have drive-thru flu clinics on the following days HERE at the Vermilion County Health Department.

  • October 29 (Thurs) 9:00 - noon
  • October 30 (Fri) 2:00 - 5:00
  • November 6 (Fri) 1:00 - 4:00
  • November 7 (Sat) 9:00 - noon

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 10/28/2020

General Updates

 

Region 6 (without UIUC tests) increased to 7.9% (ending 10/24).  I would imagine the jump in the last two days is due to Macon County’s large number of new cases.  On the 23rd and 24th it was reported they had over 100 cases each day. 

 

Vermilion County’s 7-Day rolling average is 7.8.  This is the 2nd day in a row that we are under the 8% warning level.  While we are seeing an improvement in the county, please continue to be vigilant. This could turn around very quickly.    We strongly encourage people to use discretion in attending large gatherings over 50 that could be deemed as super spreader events.  Please encourage proper mask and social distancing guidance. 

 

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

 

Update on Cases

 

Today’s Cases:  52 new cases and 47 were released out of isolation.   We are saddened to report our 13th death, a gentleman in his 70s.  Our hearts go out to his family and friends.  This is our 9th death in one month. 

 

Our active cases are now at 181 with 165 isolated at home and 16 hospitalized.  Two of our new cases are hospitalized.  We have 1 toddler, 1 preschooler, 2 grade school children, 5 teen, 8 their 20s, 7 in their 30s, 4 in their 40s, 8 in their 50s, 6 in their 60s, 6 in their 70s and 4 in their 80s.  New cases are linked to household contacts, workplaces, nursing homes or congregate living facilities.         

 

Outbreak Information

  • There are increased cases or outbreaks in the following areas:
    • Congregate Living Facilities – both staff and residents
    • Industries
    • Workplaces
    • Schools (multiple schools have temporarily gone back to remote learning)

 

 

Statistics

Vermilion County

Total Negatives:  36,682

Total positives: 1559

For All the County Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics

For County and School Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countyschool?county=Vermilion 

 

Regionally (Region 6) EXCLUDING UIUC Testing

Test Positivity 7 Day Rolling Average: 3 days of positivity currently at 7.9% 

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

Med Surge Bed Availability:  43% 

ICU Bed Availability:  40%

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

 

Testing Information

 

  • Mobile Testing Van coming (Location is unknown at this time and from 9-4:30)
    • 11/2 – 11/8
  • 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.  This is crucial that our county accounts for every test we do.   

 

 

 

New/Helpful Guidance

 

 

Flu Shots

 

We have vaccine again!!  We will have drive-thru flu clinics on the following days HERE at the Vermilion County Health Department.

  • October 28 (Wed) 9:00 - noon
  • October 29 (Thurs) 9:00 - noon
  • October 30 (Fri) 2:00 - 5:00
  • November 6 (Fri) 1:00 - 4:00
  • November 7 (Sat) 9:00 - noon

 

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 10/28/2020

Warrant Arrest H20-5002 2020-8597

Time: 2:42am

Location: 400 blk S 4th St

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

Details: HPD officers checked out with Ms. Edwards to check on her status. A computer check revealed that she had 2 outstanding Vermilion County

warrants. She was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed. She was later transported to the PSB in Danville in lieu of bond.

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2020 Jaycees' Toys for Kids Registration

Christmas is coming! The Hoopeston Jaycees will independently host registration for their annual Toys for Kids Project, which allows qualifying families to select new toys and stocking stuffers for children ages 0-10. Participation will be open to all residences within the Hoopeston Area School District, including Hoopeston, Rankin, East Lynn, Wellington, and Cheneyville. Income qualification will be based on the book waiver through the school district. Applicants must be parents and/or guardians, and are asked to bring proof of residency and children.

Registration will take place at the Hoopeston First United Methodist Church (403 E. Main St.) on the following dates:

Tuesday, November 3, 2020: 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, November 3: 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 5: 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 7: 9:00-11:00 a.m..

Please direct any questions to info@hoopestonjaycees.org or our Facebook page at “Hoopeston Jaycees”.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/27/2020

Fire Call

Time: 6:06 AM

Location: 500 Block S 5th Street

Details: Was called in as a structure fire. Fire was located on the outside of the house on the corner of back of home. Fire was put out and minimal damage to the residence. No Injuries reported, no damage estimate.

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 10/27/2020

General Updates

 

Region 6 (without UIUC tests) increased to 7.8% (ending 10/23). 

Vermilion County’s 7-Day rolling average is 7.7%.  This is the first time Vermilion County has been below the warning level since September 27th.    I would like to continue this trend to get us out of the County Warning list.  Unfortunately, one bad day can make us go back above 8% since we’ve had a lot of previous bad days.  It is important to not get pandemic fatigue, even though I know we all have it.  Continue to be vigilant.  Remember to think of our most vulnerable and the steps we need to take to keep them safe.   We have lost 8 (67% of total deaths) of our community members just in the last month.    

 

 

Update on Cases

 

 

Monday's Cases:  21 new cases and 41 were released out of isolation.   4 of our isolated cases are now hospitalized.  Our active cases are now at 177 with 163 isolated at home and 14 hospitalized.  None of our new cases are hospitalized.  We have 1 infant, 1 preschooler, 3 grade school children, 1 teen, 2 their 20s, 4 in their 30s, 2 in their 40s, 5 in their 50s, 1 in their 70s and 1 in their 80s.       

 

Outbreak Information

  • There are increased cases or outbreaks in the following areas:
    • Congregate Living Facilities – both staff and residents
    • Industries
    • Workplaces
    • Schools (multiple schools have temporarily gone back to remote learning)

 

 

 

Statistics

Vermilion County

Total Negatives:  36,296

Total positives: 1507

For All the County Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics

For County and School Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countyschool?county=Vermilion 

 

Regionally (Region 6) EXCLUDING UIUC Testing

Test Positivity 7 Day Rolling Average: 3 days of positivity currently at 7.8% 

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

Med Surge Bed Availability:  41% 

ICU Bed Availability:  38%

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

 

Testing Information

 

  • Mobile Testing Van coming (Location is unknown at this time and from 9-4:30)
    • 11/2 – 11/8
  • 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.  This is crucial that our county accounts for every test we do.   

 

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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Carle Mobile Health Clinic Open House Invitation

An opportunity to learn more about the Mobile Health Clinic and a take a tour will be available HERE at the Vermilion County Health Department on Friday, October 30th from 10AM to 2PM. 

 

Some of the services that Carle will be able to provide through the Mobile Health Clinic are:

 

  • Full-service medical care for all ages
  • Laboratory testing
  • Chronic Disease screening, treatment, and education
  • School and Sports physicals and immunizations
  • On site social work services if needed
  • Link to primary care and other community resources

 

 

Please wear masks and practice social distancing.

 

For questions about the Mobile Health Clinic, you can visit www.carle.org/mobilehealthclinic  or call 217-365-7928.

 

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 10/26/2020

We are reporting 33 new cases this weekend (one resident in their 80s, three in their 70s, one in their 60s, three in their 50s, and three in their 20s), which brings us to a total of 1,486 positive cases -- 198 of which are active.

 

There are currently 14 COVID-positive Vermilion County residents hospitalized, and we have had a total of 12 COVID-related deaths in Vermilion County since the beginning of this pandemic.

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 10/23/2020

 

 

Region 6 (without UIUC tests) maintained at 7.5% (ending 10/19). 

Vermilion County’s 7-Day rolling average is 9.8%. 

 

When you look at our regional stats below, the availability of our ICU Beds and Med Surge Beds are beginning to go down.  It is likely that the next few months we will continue to get hit hard with case increases and possibly, deaths.  This will put additional strain on our already stretched healthcare workers, hospitals and long term care facilities.  This is not surprising as most pandemics surge in the colder months.  The Pandemic of 1918 saw its greatest number of cases and deaths between October of 1918 and December of 1918.   Vermilion County seems to be following that path as in a little over one month, we have almost tripled our cases, more than doubled our hospitalizations and almost tripled our deaths.  On September 17th, 2020, we had 476 total cases, 4 hospitalized cases and only 4 deaths and our weekly positivity rate was 3.8%.   With the numbers the way they are and have been, please anticipate that we will continue to be on the warning list.   Again, we strongly encourage wearing masks, social distancing, and avoiding large or small gatherings. 

 

Update on Cases

 

Today’s Cases:  18 new cases and 22 were released out of isolation.   Our active cases are now at 184 with 175 isolated at home and 9 hospitalized.  One of our hospitalized was released to home isolation and one of our hospitalized cases was released completely from isolation.  One of our new cases from today is hospitalized.  We have 1 toddler, 6 teens, 3 their 20s, 3 in their 30s, 2 in their 40s, 2 in their 70s and 1 in their 90s.       

 

Outbreak Information

  • There are increased cases or outbreaks in the following areas:
    • Nursing Homes
    • Industries
    • Workplaces
    • Schools (multiple schools have temporarily gone back to remote learning)

 

 

Statistics

Vermilion County

Total Negatives:  35,025

Total positives: 1390

For All the County Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics

For County and School Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countyschool?county=Vermilion 

 

Regionally (Region 6) EXCLUDING UIUC Testing

Test Positivity 7 Day Rolling Average: 4 days of positivity currently at 7.5% 

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

Med Surge Bed Availability:  31%

ICU Bed Availability:  43%     

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

 

Testing Information

 

  • Mobile Testing Van coming (all at VCHD and from 9-4:30)
    • 10/19-10/25
    • 11/2 – 11/8
  • 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.  This is crucial that our county accounts for every test we do.   

 

 

 

New/Helpful Guidance

 

Critical Infrastructure Workers – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/critical-workers/implementing-safety-practices.html

 

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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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE MAKE ARREST IN ILLINOIS ROUTE 150 BICYCLIST FATAL CRASH

Champaign, IL - On Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, at approximately 4:20 p.m., three bicyclists were traveling on the north side of the roadway on Illinois Route 150 westbound, approximately ½ mile east of County Road 125 East (Spring Lake Road), Champaign County.  A vehicle traveling westbound struck one of the bicyclists, causing injuries that led to his death.  A second bicyclist was also struck, but received non-life-threatening injuries.  The offending vehicle did not stop and left the scene.

On Oct. 21, 2020, the Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigation Zone 5 located and seized the alleged offending vehicle – a white 2014 Ford Mustang.  The Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office obtained an arrest warrant for Robert F. O’Malley, a 41-year-old of Mahomet, IL for Leaving the Scene of a Crash Resulting in Death.  Judge John Kennedy set bond on the warrant at $500,000, 10% to apply.  O’Malley turned himself in on Oct. 22, 2020 and is incarcerated in the Champaign County Jail.

Anyone wishing to provide additional information is encouraged to contact Champaign County Crime Stoppers at www.373tips.com or call 217-373-8477.  No additional information will be released by the Illinois State Police at this time.

 

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CITY OF HOOPESTON TO EXTEND CITY HALL CLOSURE

City administration was notified of an additional positive COVID-19 test for a City employee on Thursday, October 22, 2020. As a result of this positive test and increasing positive cases with the city, City Hall will not reopen on Monday and will remain closed to the public until November 9, 2020. Residents needing city services can still contact City Hall via telephone at 217-283-5833. Water payments can be dropped off in the drop box located in front of City Hall, payment by telephone, by mail, or via the City’s website at www.cityofhoopeston.com. The front window of the Hoopeston Police Department will also be closed. Residents needing police assistance are asked to call the non-emergency number at 217-283-5196. If you have an emergency dial 9-1-1. 

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ISP Two-Unit Fatal Traffic Crash Alert

WHAT:                      Two Unit Fatal Traffic Crash

 

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

 

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

 

VEHICLE:                Unit 1- 2012 Tan Buick

 

                                    Unit 2- 2009 Silver Kia

 

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

 

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

 

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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

CHARGES:               Pending Investigation

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 10/22/2020

General Updates

 

Region 6 (without UIUC tests) decreased to 7.5% (ending 10/18). 

Vermilion County’s 7-Day rolling average is 9.7%. 

 

I have updated our COVID19 page on our website to add a few more guidance documents that we feel are important.  https://vchd.org/covid-19/  .  I try to keep the website updated as much as possible.  Included are daily updates, guidance documents, and the latest infographic.  If there is anything you would like to see more on our website or these daily updates, please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate.

 

Update on Cases

 

Today’s Cases:  37 new cases and 39 were released out of isolation.  We regret to report 2 additional deaths in our community, a gentleman in his 70s and a women in her 70s.  Our thoughts go to their friends and family during this difficult time.  One of the cases was one of our current hospitalized cases. 

 

Our active cases are now at 188 with 178 isolated at home and 10 hospitalized.  Three of our new cases from today are hospitalized.  We have 1 toddler, 1 preschooler, 1 grade school child, 6 teens, 4 their 20s, 3 in their 30s, 6 in their 40s, 5 in their 50s, 3 in their 60s, 5 in their 70s and 2 in their 80s.   13 of our new cases were connected through households, families, or other connections.    

 

 

Statistics

Vermilion County

Total Negatives:  34,631

Total positives: 1372

For All the County Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics

For County and School Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countyschool?county=Vermilion 

 

Regionally (Region 6) EXCLUDING UIUC Testing

Test Positivity 7 Day Rolling Average: 5 days of positivity currently at 7.5% 

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

Med Surge Bed Availability:  33%

ICU Bed Availability:  45%     

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

 

Testing Information

 

  • Mobile Testing Van coming (all at VCHD and from 9-4:30)
    • 10/19-10/25
    • 11/2 – 11/8
  • 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.  This is crucial that our county accounts for every test we do.   

 

 

 

New/Helpful Guidance

 

 

 

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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Yaden out as alderman in Hoopeston according to Just the Facts

A second alderman has resigned mid-term from the Hoopeston City Council. Chad Yaden submitted his resignation Sunday, effective immediately. No reason was given in his brief resignation letter. He did not respond to a request for comment. He was elected in 2015 to represent Ward I and ran unopposed last year. Chairman of the city’s cemetery committee, he recently spearheaded the effort to digitize records at Floral Hill Cemetery. He also served on the civic and street and alley committees. He is the second alderman to resign in a month and a half. Alex Houmes resigned his Ward 3 seat on September 3. His resignation was also immediate.

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ISP Udate on bicyclists death

Route 150 – Champaign County. On Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, at approximately 4:20 p.m., three bicyclists were traveling on the right (north) side of the roadway on Illinois Route 150 westbound, approximately ½ mile east of County Road 125 East (Spring Lake Road), Champaign County.  A vehicle traveling westbound, struck one of the bicyclists, causing injuries that led to his death.  A second bicyclist was also struck but received non-life-threatening injuries.  The third bicyclist was not struck.

 

The vehicle did not stop and left the scene.

Information developed has led law enforcement to now be seeking a vehicle of interest in this crash, a 2010-2014 white Ford Mustang, with black side view mirrors. The vehicle would have sustained damage to the front right bumper, front right quarter panel, and the passenger side view mirror was broken off.

 

Attached is an image of the vehicle of interest.

 

Anyone with information or witness to the crash is asked to contact the Illinois State Police at the email address listed above or by calling 217-278-5000. 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.

 

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.

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/21/2020

Fire Call (Field)

Time: 11:34 AM

Location: 2510 East Rd/4200 North Rd Hoopeston

Details: HFD, RFD, all responded to a report of a field on fire. RFD responded as mutual aid for the call. Departments cleared the scene at 12:37 pm

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 10/21/2020

Region 6 (without UIUC tests) stayed 7.6% (ending 10/17). 

Vermilion County’s 7-Day rolling average is 9.5%. 

 

FLU in the United States:  For week 41 (ending 10/10/20), only 1.2% of patient visits were due to Influenza-like-symptoms.  This is below the national baseline of 2.6%.  Right now flu activity remains low.   Illinois continues to see minimal flu activity at this point. 

For week 41, 7.2% of deaths were due to Pneumonia, Influenza, and COVID19 (PIC).  This is above the epidemic threshold of 5.7% for week 41.    For more information:  https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm

 

Current Flu Activity Map

 

 

Update on Cases

 

Today’s Cases:  21 new cases and 51 were released out of isolation.  This puts our active cases at 192 with 8 in the hospital and 184 at home in isolation. None of our new cases from today are hospitalized.  We have 1 grade school child, 4 their 20s, 1 in their 30s, 3 in their 40s, 7 in their 50s, 4 in their 60s, 1 in their 90s.   6 of our new cases are family or household contacts.   We have had a few nursing home cases (staff/residents) as well and we are still catching up with our current case load.   

 

Statistics

Vermilion County

Total Negatives:  34,163

Total positives: 1335

For All the County Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics

For County and School Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countyschool?county=Vermilion 

 

Regionally (Region 6) EXCLUDING UIUC Testing

Test Positivity 7 Day Rolling Average: 6 days of positivity currently at 7.6% 

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

Med Surge Bed Availability:  34%

ICU Bed Availability:  46%     

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

 

Testing Information

 

  • Mobile Testing Van coming (all at VCHD and from 9-4:30)
    • 10/19-10/25
    • 11/2 – 11/8
  • 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.  This is crucial that our county accounts for every test we do.   

 

 

 

New/Helpful Guidance

 

 

 

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.  You will have to scroll down all the way to see them. http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics?regionID=6  

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Jesse White Announces Teen Driver Crash Fatalities Down 74%

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

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State Agencies Highlight Continued Need for Fire Safety this Harvest Season

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

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

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

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

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

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

What You Should Know about Wildfires

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

Camping Fire and Burn Safety

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

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

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

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

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

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 10/20/2020

Region 6 (without UIUC tests) stayed 7.6% (ending 10/16). Vermilion County’s 7-Day rolling average is 9.8%. 

 

Update on Cases

 

Over the weekend:  15 new cases and 0 releases. 

 

Today’s Cases:  48 new cases and 104 were released out of isolation.   We regret to report our 9th death, a women in her 70s that was hospitalized.  This is our 1st female and our 4th death in about 12 days.  Our thoughts and prayers go to her family and friends. 

 

This puts our active cases at 222 with 8 in the hospital and 214 at home in isolation. None of our new cases are hospitalized.  We have 1 toddler, 1 grade school child, 7 teen, 5 their 20s, 4 in their 30s, 8 in their 40s, 7 in their 50s, 8 in their 60s, 4 in their 70s and 3 in their 80s.   Some of our cases have been work related and family or household contacts.     

 

 

 

Statistics

Vermilion County

Total Negatives:  33,834

Total positives: 1314

For All the County Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics

For County and School Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countyschool?county=Vermilion 

 

Regionally (Region 6) EXCLUDING UIUC Testing

Test Positivity 7 Day Rolling Average: 7 days of positivity currently at 7.6% 

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

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

 

Testing

 

  • Mobile Testing Van coming (all at VCHD and from 9-4:30)
    • 10/19-10/25
    • 11/2 – 11/8
  • 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.  This is crucial that our county accounts for every test we do.    

 

 

 

New/Helpful Guidance or Updates

 

 

 

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.  You will have to scroll down all the way to see them. http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics?regionID=6  

 

 

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 10/19/2020


We are reporting 15 new cases today (one resident in their 70s, one in their 60s, four in their 50s, two in their 40s, two in their 30s, two in their 20s, one teen, and two grade-school-aged children), which brings us to a total of 1,266 positive cases -- 279 of which are active.  Ten of the new cases are family-related to new or to previously reported positive cases.

There are currently nine COVID-positive Vermilion County residents hospitalized, and we have had a total of eight COVID-related deaths in Vermilion County since the beginning of this pandemic.  We have had 32,795 negative tests.

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