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Vermilion County Covid 19 update

3 new cases and 2 releases today brings our total of active cases to 32.  29 of the active cases are at home in isolation and we now have 2 hospitalized at this moment.  2 of our cases are related and are a grade school child and a preschool child, the other case is a resident in their 20s.   

 

 

Attachments

  • IDPH Update
  • VCHD Updated Graphic
  • County Warning List – updated for 7/26-8/1

 

Statistics

Vermilion county

We have received 14,358 total tests (14,139 negatives and 219 positives). 

For Vermilion County our overall positivity rate is at 1.53%. 

Death Rate is .91%

Positivity Rate from 7/26 – 8/1:  2.2% which is a decrease from 2.9% the previous week.   New cases from 7/26 – 8/1:   49 per 100,000K, which is a decrease from 69 per 100K the previous week.  Anything over 50 NEW cases per 100K is above the stable level.   

 ***We did see an increase in our CLI ED Visits for Adults from 1.2% to 2%.  Emergency department (ED) visits for COVID-Like Illness (CLI) are collected in near-real time using the Illinois Syndromic Surveillance System for hospitals, which looks at the reason an individual visits an emergency department and diagnosis. Visits are defined as CLI if the patient presents with a fever AND either cough, difficulty breathing or is given a diagnosis of COVID-19. Percent of weekly CLI ED visits = [County CLI ED visits in adults ages 18 years and older for 7 days] / [County total ED visits in adults ages 18 years and older for same 7 days] x 100. If there are fewer than 5 ED visits for CLI for 7 days, then the percent is not calculated, due to the small number instability in the percent and <5 will be reported.  County-level visits are measured by where the patient lives and the date they visited the emergency department.

Remember, if we have 2 metrics that we are above stable, we will be in the warning area and have possible restrictions added.  Had we had 2 more new cases per 100K, we would be in the warning area.  Right now, Iroquois County is in the warning level and IDPH cautioned neighboring counties to be cautious and vigilant. ***

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

 

Regionally (Region 6)

Positivity Rate:  on the test positivity 7 day rolling average, we increased to 2.9%, and continue with 4 days of increases. We increased to 2 days of hospital increases as well.      

For Regional Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics

 

New/Helpful Guidance

 

The governor put out the following new COVID-19 Emergency Rules:

 

 NEW IDPH COVID-19 EMERGENCY RULES 

 

In an effort to maintain the progress we have made in Illinois’ COVID-19 pandemic response, the Pritzker administration is filing emergency rules for businesses, schools, and child care establishments regarding the use of face coverings and the size of gatherings.  

 

These rules provide multiple opportunities for compliance before any penalty is issued, giving local health departments and local law enforcement more leeway to support community public health in a productive manner. While existing, pre-pandemic enforcement laws, like revoking a license, are stringent and severe, these rules provide flexibility for local communities and a measured process to help keep people safe.   

 

That process is as follows:  

  • First, businesses will be given a warning in the form of written notice and encouraged to voluntarily comply with public health guidance.  
  • Second, businesses that do not voluntarily comply will be given an order to have some or all of their patrons leave the premises as needed to comply with public health guidance and reduce risks.  
  • Third, if the business continues to refuse to comply, the business can receive a class A misdemeanor and be subject to a fine ranging from $75-$2,500. 

 

These rules do not apply to individuals and penalties will not exceed a misdemeanor and a $75-$2,500 fine.   

 

The emergency rules also reinforce the authority of IDPH and local health departments to investigate COVID-19 cases and reaffirm that businesses have a responsibility to cooperate with those investigations.  

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Fire Call

Time: 8:32PM

Location: 18849 State Route 9(Nutrient Crop Production)

Details: HFD was dispatched for a smell on anhydrous.

 

Fire Call

Time: 11:06pm

Location: 18000 blk of Route 9

Details: HFD responded to the strong smell of anhydrous in the area.

Illegal Transportation of Alcohol, Operating Uninsured Vehicle H20-3577

Time: 3:57am

Location: E Orange near RR tracks

Arrested: Trey Anderson (M) (24) of Rossville

Details: HPD officers found the vehicle that Mr. Anderson was driving parked in the

middle of the road. An investigation found open alcohol inside the vehicle.

Subject was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed. He was later released

with above citations and county court date.

 

 

Battery (City Ordinance) H20-3579

Time: 11:26 AM

Location: 200 Blk E Main St (New Beginnings Church)

Arrested: Linsey M Warner (32) (F) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD Officers were dispatched to the above location for a disturbance. Ms.

Warner was located and transported to HPD for processing and later released

with a city notice to appear.

 

 

Restraint of Dogs by Owner or Keeper (City) H20-3582

Time: 3:15PM

Location: S 5th Ave/W Elm St

Arrested: Holly Irvin (39) (F) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were dispatched to the above area for a report of dog running loose.

Ms. Irvin was located and given a City Notice to appear.

 

 

Fire Call

Time: 7:04PM

Location: 426 E Honeywell Ave (Centennial Manor Apartments)

Details: HFD and HPD were dispatched to the above location for a smell of smoke and a

stuck elevator.

 

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Ford County COVID-19 Update 08/06/2020

Ford County, IL - Ford County Public Health Department (FCPHD) is announcing two new cases. Of these, one case is associated
with an outbreak at a long-term care facility. FCPHD is saddened to also announce an additional COVID-19 related death. This
brings Ford County’s total COVID-19 related deaths to two. Ford County has a total of 64 cases. Of those, 50 are confirmed
cases and 14 are probable cases. These numbers are accurate as of the release time.
Public health officials continue to investigate and contact all individuals who may have had exposure to individuals that tested
positive for COVID-19. All close contacts are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms of
COVID-19. Both confirmed and probable cases are treated the same with regards to isolation and contact tracing. Federal
privacy restrictions prohibit the release of any further information. For more information about case definitions and criteria,
please visit: https://wwwn.cdc.gov/nndss/conditions/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/case-definition/2020/.
FCPHD continues to encourage all residents to conduct preventive measures, including practicing three key steps (The 3 W’s):
wash your hands, watch your distance, and wear a face covering. COVID-19 appears to spread from person-to-person mainly
with close contact (less than 6 feet), but may also be spread by a surface that has the virus and then touching one’s mouth,
nose, or possibly one’s eyes. Illinois Department of Public Health states that the spread is through respiratory droplets
produced when an infected person speaks, coughs or sneezes.
COVID-19 in Illinois
• For zip code level information on confirmed positive COVID-19 cases, please visit IDPH Virtual map at:
https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid19-statistics. Please note, data will not be shown unless a zip code has six or
more confirmed cases. This is consistent with Collection, Disclosure, and Confidentiality of Health Statistics (77 Ill. Adm.
Code 1005). Ford County zip code areas 60957 and 60936 are being reported.
• For information on long term care facilities with cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff, please visit:
https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/long-term-care-facility-outbreaks-covid-19. Information provided at this link is
provisional, subject to change, and updated weekly. Facilities report data to their local health departments, which in-turn
report to IDPH, so lag time and discrepancies are to be expected.
• For county-level COVID-19 risk metrics, please visit: http://dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics.
• For information on Restore Illinois and Phase 4, please visit: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/restore.
• For a listing of COVID-19 testing sites in Illinois, please visit: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/testing. This is not a
comprehensive list of testing sites. Locations are continuously being added as information is provided. Some locations have
asked not to be named.
Please visit our website (www.fordcountyphd.org) and follow our Facebook and Twitter pages for additional COVID-19
information and resources. For general questions about COVID-19, call the Illinois Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Hotline at
1(800) 889-3931 or send an email to: DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 08/06/2020

Hello,

As of 08/06/2020 there have been 256 confirmed cases and 16 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 6 new confirmed cases and 1 new probable case since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Case 251: Female in her 60’s
Confirmed Case 252: Male in his 40’s
Confirmed Case 253: Male in his 30’s
Confirmed Case 254: Male in his 20’s
Confirmed Case 255: Male in his 30’s
Confirmed Case 256: Male in his 30’s


Probable Case 16: Female in her 40’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for August 6, 2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

 

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

 

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

 

Thank you, have a great day!

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ISP Traffic Crash Alert 08/06/2020

The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police

District 10

 

WHAT:                 Three Unit Fatal Traffic Crash

 

WHERE:               Interstate 72 Eastbound at Milepost 150, Macon County

 

WHEN:                  August 5, 2020 at 9:14 p.m.

 

VEHICLE:            Unit 1- 2018 White International Truck Tractor Trailer Combination

 

                                Unit 2- 2016 White Volvo Truck Tractor Trailer Combination

                               

                                Unit 3- 2018 Yellow Ford

                                   

DRIVER:               Unit 1- Shawn Morrison, 42-year-old male of Springfield, IL (Transported to

                                 a local area hospital with serious injuries)

 

                                Unit 2- Andrii Shvabskyi, 27-year-old male of Macomb, MI (Transported to                  

                                 a local area hospital with injuries)

 

                                Unit 3- Erik Ervin, 32-year-old male of Decatur IL (Deceased)

 

PRELIMINARY:  A preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred:  Unit 1 was traveling eastbound on Interstate 72 at milepost 150.  Unit 2 was broken down on the right shoulder of Interstate 72 eastbound at milepost 150 with safety/caution triangles in place.  Unit 3 was stopped on the right side of Unit 2.  Unit 1 struck Unit 2 in the rear.  After being struck, Unit 2 struck Unit 3.  The roadway was closed for approximately 9 hours during the traffic investigation; all lanes reopened at 6:35 a.m.

 

CHARGES:            Failed to Yield to a Stationary Vehicle (Move Over Law, Scott’s Law) and Failure to Reduce         

                                 Speed to Avoid an Accident. 

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

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Ford County COVID-19 Update 08/05/2020

Ford County, IL - Ford County Public Health Department (FCPHD) is announcing eight new cases. Including today’s eight cases,
FCPHD has reported a total of 13 new cases this week. Of those, eight cases are associated with an outbreak at a long-term
care facility. Ford County has a total of 62 cases. Of those, 49 are confirmed cases and 13 are probable cases. There has been
one COVID-19 related death. These numbers are accurate as of the release time.
Public health officials continue to investigate and contact all individuals who may have had exposure to individuals that tested
positive for COVID-19. All close contacts are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms of
COVID-19. Both confirmed and probable cases are treated the same with regards to isolation and contact tracing. Federal
privacy restrictions prohibit the release of any further information. For more information about case definitions and criteria,
please visit: https://wwwn.cdc.gov/nndss/conditions/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/case-definition/2020/.
FCPHD continues to encourage all residents to conduct preventive measures, including practicing three key steps (The 3 W’s):
wash your hands, watch your distance, and wear a face covering. COVID-19 appears to spread from person-to-person mainly
with close contact (less than 6 feet), but may also be spread by a surface that has the virus and then touching one’s mouth,
nose, or possibly one’s eyes. Illinois Department of Public Health states that the spread is through respiratory droplets
produced when an infected person speaks, coughs or sneezes.
COVID-19 in Illinois
• For zip code level information on confirmed positive COVID-19 cases, please visit IDPH Virtual map at:
https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid19-statistics. Please note, data will not be shown unless a zip code has six or
more confirmed cases. This is consistent with Collection, Disclosure, and Confidentiality of Health Statistics (77 Ill. Adm.
Code 1005). Ford County zip code areas 60957 and 60936 are being reported.
• For information on long term care facilities with cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff, please visit:
https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/long-term-care-facility-outbreaks-covid-19. Information provided at this link is
provisional, subject to change, and updated weekly. Facilities report data to their local health departments, which in-turn
report to IDPH, so lag time and discrepancies are to be expected.
• For county-level COVID-19 risk metrics, please visit: http://dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics.
• For information on Restore Illinois and Phase 4, please visit: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/restore.
• For a listing of COVID-19 testing sites in Illinois, please visit: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/testing. This is not a
comprehensive list of testing sites. Locations are continuously being added as information is provided. Some locations have
asked not to be named.
Please visit our website (www.fordcountyphd.org) and follow our Facebook and Twitter pages for additional COVID-19
information and resources. For general questions about COVID-19, call the Illinois Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Hotline at
1(800) 889-3931 or send an email to: DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 08/05/2020

Hello,

As of 08/05/2020 there have been 250 confirmed cases and 15 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been 1 new confirmed case and 3 new probable cases since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

 

Confirmed Case 250: Female in her 20’s


Probable Case 13: Female in her 30’s
Probable Case 14: Male in his 20’s
Probable Case 15: Female in her 20’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for August 5, 2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

 

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

 

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

 

Thank you, have a great day!

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Hoopeston Police Department Report 08/04/2020

Fire Call

Time: 3:31PM

Location: 714 W Orange Street (Hoopeston Marathon)

Details: HFD and HPD were dispatched to the above location for a gas spill.

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Ford County COVID-19 Update 08/04/2020

Ford County, IL - Ford County Public Health Department (FCPHD) is announcing four new cases. The individuals include two
males in their 80’s, one female in her 30’s, and one male under age 20. Ford County has a total of 53 cases. Of those, 42 are
confirmed cases and 11 are probable cases. There has been one COVID-19 related death. These numbers are accurate as of the
release time.
Public health officials continue to investigate and contact all individuals who may have had exposure to individuals that tested
positive for COVID-19. All close contacts are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms of
COVID-19. Both confirmed and probable cases are treated the same with regards to isolation and contact tracing. Federal
privacy restrictions prohibit the release of any further information. For more information about case definitions and criteria,
please visit: https://wwwn.cdc.gov/nndss/conditions/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/case-definition/2020/.
FCPHD continues to encourage all residents to conduct preventive measures, including practicing three key steps (The 3 W’s):
wash your hands, watch your distance, and wear a face covering. COVID-19 appears to spread from person-to-person mainly
with close contact (less than 6 feet), but may also be spread by a surface that has the virus and then touching one’s mouth,
nose, or possibly one’s eyes. Illinois Department of Public Health states that the spread is through respiratory droplets
produced when an infected person speaks, coughs or sneezes.
COVID-19 in Illinois
• For zip code level information on confirmed positive COVID-19 cases, please visit IDPH Virtual map at:
https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid19-statistics. Please note, data will not be shown unless a zip code has six or
more confirmed cases. This is consistent with Collection, Disclosure, and Confidentiality of Health Statistics (77 Ill. Adm.
Code 1005). Zip code areas 60957 and 60936 are being reported.
• For information on long term care facilities with cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff, please visit:
https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/long-term-care-facility-outbreaks-covid-19. Information provided at this link is
provisional, subject to change, and updated weekly. Facilities report data to their local health departments, which in-turn
report to IDPH, so lag time and discrepancies are to be expected.
• For county-level COVID-19 risk metrics, please visit: http://dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics.
• For information on Restore Illinois and Phase 4, please visit: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/restore.
• For a listing of COVID-19 testing sites in Illinois, please visit: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/testing. This is not a
comprehensive list of testing sites. Locations are continuously being added as information is provided. Some locations have
asked not to be named.
Please visit our website (www.fordcountyphd.org) and follow our Facebook and Twitter pages for additional COVID-19
information and resources. For general questions about COVID-19, call the Illinois Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Hotline at
1(800) 889-3931 or send an email to: DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 08/04/2020

Good Afternoon,

 

12 new cases and 28 releases today brings our total of active cases to 31.  30 of the active cases are at home in isolation and we still have 1 hospitalized at this moment.   

 

 

Attachments

IDPH Update
VCHD Updated Graphic
 

Statistics

Vermilion county

We have received 13,292 total tests (13,095 negatives and 185 positives). 

For Vermilion County our overall positivity rate remains at 1.48%. 

Death Rate is 1.02%

Positivity Rate from 7/19 – 7/25 is 2.9%, which is up from 2.6% the previous week.   

New cases from 7/19 – 7/25:   69 per 100K, which is up from 42 per 100K the previous week and that is our WARNING section.  Anything over 50 NEW cases per 100K is above the stable level.     One thing to add is that only 2.2% of our new cases during this week were due to a cluster (groups).  We are still seeing community spread. 

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

 

Regionally (Region 6) – a little bit of good news!  We decreased in both areas!

Positivity Rate:  on the test positivity 7 day rolling average – we went down to 6 days of positivity increases back to 3.1%.  We also decreased to 2 days of hospital admission increases. 

For Regional Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics

 

New/Helpful Guidance

 

CDC added some new metrics to their COVID Data Tracker on underlying health conditions.  Right now, looking at our county population of those 18 and older, 53.8% (about 31,586) fit into the underlying health conditions category (Chronic Kidney disease, COPD, Heart Disease, Diagnosed Diabetes, and or Obesity).    These are all considered to be risk factors for severe illness with COVID-19.  https://www.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#underlying-med-conditions

 

There is a lot of good information to look at cases, trends, etc. across the nation on this site as well.  More for your information if anything. 

 

 

Mobile Clinic Information Follow Up

 

It appears that the results from Tuesday, July 21st and possibly some of the other days were not able to be processed.   This is the message our Administrator put on Facebook today for all those who did not receive their results.  It’s very frustrating, even my own results were in this batch. 

 

We have received numerous calls from people who participated in one of the seven Mobile COVID-Testing Team clinics in Vermilion County two weeks ago, but who have not yet received their results.

It appears that a commercial lab in Pekin, which received swabs from the COVID-testing clinic at the health department on July 21, got overwhelmed and failed to properly test the majority (or all 118) of the samples collected at that clinic. Apparently, a number of samples received at that lab between July 12 and July 24 were not processed within the necessary window for proper testing.

The Illinois Department of Public Health recommends that individuals who have not yet received their results from July 12-24 contact a local hospital, local doctor’s office, Aunt Martha’s clinic, or the free state-run COVID-testing location at Marketplace Mall in Champaign to have another specimen collected.

We regret that some of the 967 people who participated in the Mobile COVID-Testing Team clinics in Vermilion County two weeks ago did not get conclusive results after waiting in line and undergoing the specimen-collection process.

People with concerns about the situation should call IDPH at 1-800-889-3931. The Vermilion County Health Department can be reached at 431-2662, ext. 243.

 

 

 

As always, I’m here for any questions or concerns you may have.  If there is anything else you would like to see, let me know as well. 

 

Melissa

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 08/04/2020

Hello,

As of 08/03/2020 there have been 248 confirmed cases and 12 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 9 new confirmed cases and 1 new probable case since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

 

Confirmed Case 240: Female in her 50’s

Confirmed Case 241: Male in his 50’s

Confirmed Case 242: Female in her 80’s

Confirmed Case 243: Female in her 80’s

Confirmed Case 244: Female in her 90’s

Confirmed Case 245: Male in his 60’s

Confirmed Case 246: Male in his 40’s

Confirmed Case 247: Male in his 20’s

Confirmed Case 248: Male under 20

 

Probable Case 12: Male under 20

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for August 3, 2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

 

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

 

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

 

Thank you, have a great day!

 

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ISP Squad Car Struck while Investigating Crash Alert

ILLINOIS STATE TROOPER SQUAD CAR IS STRUCK WHILE INVESTIGATING A TRAFFIC CRASH

Motorist Arrested for Aggravated DUI and cited for “Scott’s Law” Violation

 

Chicago, IL- On August 2, 2020, at approximately 2:10 a.m., Illinois State Police (ISP) District Chicago Troopers were on the scene of a jackknifed commercial motor vehicle traffic crash with lane closures on Interstate 94 northbound at 95th Street in Cook County.

 

During the initial traffic crash investigation, as a Trooper was seated inside of his fully marked stationary squad car with the emergency lights activated, his squad car was struck.  A 2000 Silver Honda, drove through the lane closures, failed to yield to authorized emergency vehicles, and sideswiped the driver’s side of the Trooper’s squad car.  The Trooper did not sustain any injuries. The driver of the Honda, who was identified as Shante T. Newson, 31-year-old female of Chicago, Illinois, was arrested for Resisting Arrest, Aggravated Driving Under the Influence and cited for a violation of Scott’s Law; other charges pending.  The Investigation is still open and ongoing.  No further information is available at this time. 

 

The ISP would like to remind the public of the requirements of Scott’s Law, otherwise known as the “Move Over” law. When approaching an emergency vehicle, or any vehicle with their hazard lights activated, drivers are required to slow down, and move over and change lanes if possible.

“Please avoid an unnecessary tragedy by making responsible choices when behind the wheel,” stated ISP District Chicago Captain, Angelo Mollo. “Emergency personnel risk their lives daily to protect others. We would like to remind the motoring public to please obey all traffic laws, including the “Move Over” (Scott’s) Law, in order to protect the lives of our Troopers, other first responders and all members of the public,” he concluded.

 

 

 

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ISP Fatal Traffic Crash Alert

ISP FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH ALERT

The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police

District 15

 

WHAT:                      Two Unit Fatal Traffic Crash

WHERE:                   Interstate 94 westbound at milepost 21, Lake County

WHEN:                      August 2, 2020 at approximately 12:45 p.m.

VEHICLE:                Unit 1- 2020 White Toyota Camry

                                    Unit 2- 2013 Blue Honda CRV

DRIVER:                   Unit 1 – Rafael Perez, 25-year-old-male of Berkeley, IL (Transported to a local area hospital with serious injuries)

 

Unit 2 – Iryna Andrushchak, 43-year-old female of Chicago, IL (Transported to a local area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries)

 

PASSENGERS:        Unit 1- 21-year-old male of Kewanee, IL. (Deceased – Pending investigation)

                                

                                    Unit 1- Brenda Perez, 18-year-old female of Addison, IL. (Transported to a local area hospital with serious injuries)

                               

Unit 2 - Volodymyr Andrushchak, 50-year-old male of Chicago, IL.

 

Unit 2 - 16-year-old female of Chicago, IL. (Transported to a local area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries)

                                     

 

 

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ADD ONE/FATAL CRASH

 

            PRELIMINARY:     A preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: Unit 1 was traveling westbound on Interstate 94 at Milepost 21 in lanes one and two at a high rate of speed.  For an unknown reason, the Unit 1 vehicle lost control and struck the Unit 2 vehicle, which was traveling in the third lane.

The impact caused Unit 1 to overturn and roll several times before coming to rest on the left shoulder, while the Unit 2 vehicle came to rest in lanes two and three.  The Unit 1 driver was ejected and transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. A Unit 1 passenger was ejected and pronounced deceased on scene.  The additional Unit 1 passenger was entrapped, extricated and transported to a local area hospital with serious injuries. Two of the three occupants of Unit 2 were transported to a local area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

                                                All westbound lanes were closed for the traffic crash investigation at approximately 1:42 p.m. and reopened at approximately 4:55 p.m. No further information is available at this time.

            CHARGES:               Pending further investigation.

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

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report 7/31-8/3/2020

Disobeying Police (city) H20-3406

Time: 1:08am

Location: 400 blk S 5th St

Arrested: Vicki Ford (F) (62) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for the report of a domestic dispute.

Upon arrival, Ms. Ford refused to cooperate with officers. She was arrested and

taken to HPD to be processed. She was later released with a city citation and city

court date.

 

Battery (city) H20-3407

Time: 5:04am

Location: 300 blk W Main St

Complainant: 57 year old Hoopeston female

Arrested: Vicki Ford (F) (62) of Hoopeston

Details: After being release from HPD, Ms. Ford went to the complainant’s residence

and battered her. HPD arrested subject and brought her back to HPD to be

processed. Later she was released with a city citation and court date.

 

 

Trespassing(City) H20-3412

Time: 1:56PM

Location: 112 E Main St(112 Wine and Coffee Shop)

Arrested: Linsey M Warner(32)(F)of Hoopeston

Details: HPD Officers were dispatched to the above location for a disturbance. Ms.

Warner was located and transported to HPD for processing and later released

with a city notice to appear.

Criminal Damage to State Supported Property (2 counts)

Resisting Police Officers, Obstructing Justice, No Valid Driver’s License,

Time: 06:53 AM H20-3430 2020-5973

Location: 500 block West Main Street, South Alley,

Arrested: Hensley, Chase R. (M) (25) Homeless of Hoopeston

Details: Hoopeston Officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle that was being driven by the arrested person who was known to not to have driver’s license. Due to his action is what brought about the additional charges? Transported to PSB in Danville to await a bond hearing before a judge. Vehicle he was driving was towed by Knuth’s under the city PNT ordinance.

 

Traffic Accident (Hit and Run) H20-3442

Time: 10:01pm

Location: 3rd St/E Thompson Av

Unit #1: 2006 Dodge Pickup driven by Matthew Carter (37) (M) of St. Joseph

Unit #2: Pole owned by Frontier Communications

Details: HPD and HFD were dispatched to the area for a hit and run accident to a pole.

An investigation led officers to the arrest Mr. Carter. He was brought to HPD and

cited for:

Leaving Scene of Accident

Improper Lane Usage

Operating an Uninsured Vehicle

He was released with tickets and court date. No injures were reported.

Fire Call

Time: 2:25am

Location: 426 N Dixie Hwy, Heritage Health

Details: HFD responded to a fire alarm and concluded that it was a mechanical issue

that is being looked into.

 

 

 

Hit and Run Accident H20-3448

Time: 7:32am

Location: 6th St and E main St

Details: HPD officer responded to the above location where he observed the sign on the corner had been hit by an unknown vehicle.

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report 07/29/2020

Theft of Wallet H20-3362

Date of Theft: July 28, 2020

Location: Hoopeston Marathon Gas, 714 W Orange St

Complainant: 59 year old Fowler Indiana Woman

Arrested: Griffin, Tyler C. (M) (29) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD was called today July 29, 2020 to Marathon Hoopeston for a suspect had returned to the business after he stole from a purse in the game room. The above suspect was located at the business and was processed on theft charges city ordinance and release with NTA for Hoopeston City Court.

 

Stolen Vehicle/Recovered Vehicle (Delayed Entry) H20-3356

Time: 04:41am

Location: 700 W. Elm St

Complainant: (32) year old Hoopeston female

Details: Complainant contacted HPD when she discovered that unknown person(s)

without her knowledge or permission took her vehicle. Officers later located the vehicle. Investigation continues.

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Vermilion County General Election Press Release

Vermilion County, IL – With coronavirus a concern to many residents as the 2020 general election approaches, Vermilion County Clerk, Cathy Jenkins, wants to inform voters that vote by mail application postcards will be coming to your mailbox beginning Friday, July 31st.

 

The Illinois General Assembly this year passed an election bill that set provisions to increase voting by mail throughout the state.

 

“Voting by mail is a convenient option for voters who wish to minimize contact between other voters and poll workers but still want their voice to be heard. Vote by mail is nothing new in Vermilion County. It has always been offered, and has been routinely utilized by hundreds of voters in every election,” stated Chief Deputy County Clerk, Lindsay Light.

 

Among the special vote by mail provisions for the 2020 general election are:

ü All voters who voted in either the March 2020 primary, April 2019 consolidated or November 2018 general election will receive by mail an application for a vote by mail ballot

 

ü Those who registered to vote or updated their registration between March 18th and July 31st will be mailed an application for a vote by mail ballot

 

ü The state’s online voter registration site now allows users to request a mail ballot when they register

 

ü Voters can go to www.vercounty.org or can email ccelections@vercounty.org to request a ballot electronically

 

Ballots will be mailed to applicants beginning September 24th, which is also the first day of in-person early voting. The deadline for applying for a mail ballot is 4:30pm on October 29th. After October 29th, voters can still receive a mail ballot by applying in-person at the Vermilion County Clerk’s Office, 201 N. Vermilion St., Danville, IL 61832. Ballots must be postmarked no later than November 3rd to be accepted, and properly postmarked ballots will be accepted through November 17th.

 

The new law also establishes protocols to ensure proper verification of ballots before they are accepted and to inform voters in a timely manner if their ballot is rejected. This begins with a review of the voter’s signature by a panel of three election judges within two days of receipt of the ballot. A ballot may be rejected for an invalid signature only by unanimous decision of the judges.

 

The ballot may be rejected if two of the three judges agree that: the ballot envelope was delivered opened, the certification envelope contains no signature, the voter has already cast a ballot, the voter voted in person on Election Day, and the voter is not a duly registered voter.

 

If a ballot is rejected based on a signature or lack of signature or because the ballot envelope was delivered opened, we will notify the voter within two days of receipt prior to Election Day or within one day if the rejection occurs after Election Day. The new law contains provisions for the voter to address these problems.

 

We have been made aware there are several various vote by mail applications being delivered to voters from different locations and/or entities. We will only honor the FIRST application we receive and all others will be denied. If you have already submitted a vote by mail application to our office, you are not eligible to send in this postcard application.

 

For those voters who do not wish you utilize the vote by mail postcard you receive, please refer to the in-person voting information on the card. We will still be open for early voting beginning September 24th at 8:00am in our office at 201 N. Vermilion St. in Danville. You can find additional early voting hours on our website, www.vercounty.org, or on the postcard you receive in the mail. We will also still have normal polling locations on Election Day for those to choose to wait until November 3rd to cast their vote.

 

“We are going to accommodate the voter by any means possible to ensure everyone is guaranteed their vote in the general election, whether that means they come see us in person or they utilize the vote by mail postcard. No matter which way the voter chooses to vote, our office is working diligently to protect the integrity of the voting process, as always,” stated Light.

 

For questions about voting in the general election, please call Lindsay Light, Chief Deputy Clerk or our office staff at 217/554-1900 or email ccelections@vercounty.org.

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IDA Issues Statement on the Mailing of Unsolicited Seeds

“We are currently working with USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service (APHIS) to address reports of unsolicited shipments of seeds from foreign
countries. Anyone who receives unordered seeds in the mail should contact the
Illinois Department of Agriculture by emailing the following information to
agr.seeds@Illinois.gov: First and Last Name, Phone Number and the number of
packages received. Do not open the package, plant the seeds, or throw them out.
Please keep all seeds unopened and with their original packaging and labels,
including mailing labels, until further instruction is provided.”

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Shimkus Announces Safety Grant for Hoopeston's Parkview Court

 Emergency funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is on its way to the Vermilion County Housing Authority for security cameras at Parkview Court in Hoopeston, Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) has announced. The $250,000 Emergency Safety and Security Grant was revealed July 17.
 
"Congress sets aside an annual appropriation that allows HUD to provide assistance to public housing agencies for emergency capital needs, including safety and security measures necessary to address crime and drug-related activity as well as needs resulting from unforeseen or unpreventable emergencies," Shimkus noted.

Vermilion County State's Attorney Jacqueline Lacy was pleased to hear of the grant and added, "The law-abiding citizens of our community deserve to be free from the threat of violence.  I commend the housing authority for making security investments for the safety of their residents.”

For fiscal year 2020, HUD has $20 million available to fund grants for capital needs arising from emergency and non-Presidentially declared disasters occurring between Oct. 1, 2019-Sept. 30, 2020.

"Residents' safety and security is our priority," said Jaclyn Vinson, executive director of both the Vermilion County Housing Authority and the Housing Authority of the City of Danville.  "Funding for such projects is hard to come by, so this grant is truly welcomed."

Presidentially-declared emergencies and major disasters are eligible for funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update

5 new cases and 16 releases today puts our total to 27 active cases.  26 of the active cases are at home in isolation and 1 is still hospitalized at this moment.   Our total positive confirmed cases are now at 146.   Our death rate is 1.37%.  This week, we will definitely be seeing our mobile testing results, so numbers may jump.  Again, we really want to look at the big picture of positivity rate, new cases per 100,000, hospitalizations, etc.   

 

Attachments

  • IDPH Update
  • VCHD Updated Graphic
  • Releasing COVID-19 Cases and Contacts from Isolation and Quarantine – updated on 7/20/2020

 

Statistics

Vermilion county

We have received 11,638 total tests (11,492 negatives and 146 positives). 

For Vermilion County our overall positivity rate is at 1.25%. 

Positivity Rate from 7/12 – 7/18 is 2.6%,

New cases from 7/12 – 7/18:   42 per 100K 

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

 

Regionally (Region 6)

Positivity Rate:  on the test positivity 7 day rolling average – we have had 9 days of positivity increases.  We have increased to 3 days of hospital admission increases. 

For Regional Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics

 

New/Helpful Guidance

 

Calendars to show how long one should quarantine if they are a close contact – gives various scenarios.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html

 

CDC Schools and Childcare Programs  - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/index.html

 

Mobile Clinic Information Round Up

 

We tested :

 

Monday, Oakwood : 161

Tuesday, Health Department (cut short because of lunchtime storms) : 118

Wednesday, Westville : 201

Thursday, Second Church of Christ, Danville : 135

Friday, Hoopeston : 123

Saturday, Danville Area Community College : 133

Sunday, Health Department : 96

 

Note:  Some of the tests had to get diverted to another lab because the original lab had met capacity for testing on that day.  This has caused some of the results to get delayed. 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report 7/28/2020

Trespass to Auto, Theft (under)

Time: 10:00pm H20-3337

Location: 400 blk S Market St

Complainant: 57 year old Hoopeston female

 

Time: 11:01pm H20-3340

Location: 300 blk E Penn St

Complainant: 40 year old Hoopeston female

 

Time: 11:49pm H20-3342

Location: 300 blk W Penn St

Complainant: 60 year old Hoopeston female

Details: HPD officers responded to all 3 reports of unknown subject(s) getting into

complainant’s vehicles and stealing items. An investigation continues

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Hoopeston Police Department Report 7/27/2020

Traffic Accident (PI) H20-3285

Time: 10:10 AM

Location: S. 4th Avenue / W. Maple Street

Unit 1: 2019 Blue Chevy Sedan, Driven by: Patricia A Fraley (F) (82) of Hoopeston.

Unit 2: Motorized Wheel Chair driven by: Kenneth Parker Jr (M) (82) of Hoopeston.

Details: HPD, HFD, Arrow were all dispatched to the scene of an accident involving a car and a wheelchair. Unit 1 cited for Failure to Reduce to Avoid an Accident.

Mr Parker was transported to Carle Hoopeston E.D. for treatment. Unit 1 was insured.

 

THEFT (City Ordinance) H20-3304

Date of Incident: July 26, 2020

Address: 800 S Third St

Complainant: 69 yo Hoopeston female

Arrested: Woods, Darion L (M) (18) of Rantoul

Details: Hoopeston Police responded to the compl resd above for a theft complaint. Mr. Woods was located, transported to HPD for processing and later released with a City Notice to Appear.

 

 

 

Traffic Accident H20-3303

Date: 07/26/2020

Location: 500 blk of N 6th Ave

Unit 1: 2013 Ford F150 driven by Doug Lewis(60)(M) of Hoopeston

Unit 2: 2006 Nissan Ultima parked by Phyllis Cox(F) of Hoopeston

Details: Unit 2 was parked to the east of the alleyway in the backyard of the lot to the

north of the above location. Unit 1 was turning right into the alleyway and

was traveling north. As Unit1 made the turn, he struck the rear bumper of

Unit 2 during the turn and damage the bumper on Unit 2. Unit 1 had damage

along the passenger side of his truck. No Injuries or citations were reported.

Both units insured.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report 07/23/2020

Domestic Battery, Interfere w/ Reporting Domestic Battery H20-3233 2020-5684

Time: 12:11am

Location: 400 blk N 9th Av

Complainant: 46 year old Hoopeston male

Arrested: Renee Chandler (F) (47) of Hoopeston

Details: Complainant contacted HPD in reference to a domestic situation. After an

investigation, officers arrested Ms. Chandler on the above charges. She was

taken to HPD to be processed and later transported to the PSB in Danville to

await arraignment.

 

Found Property

Date: Wednesday July 22, 2020

Location: 200 block W Penn St

Details: Found a Superman Watch owner has to be identify ownership. Claim at HPD

 

Found Property (Updated)

Date: 07/23/2020

Location: 6th Ave

Details: Black Android Samsung A20 phone in case. Owner may come to the station to identify it.

 

Possession of Methamphetamines, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

H20-3249 2020-5709

Time: 4:38 PM

Location: S Market St/E Elm St

Arrested: Tabithia Stephens (31) (F) of Rossville

Kaylynn Kruger (32) (F) of Rossville

Details: During a traffic stop a search of the vehicle revealed Methamphetamines and Drug

Paraphernalia in the vehicle. Ms. Stephens and Ms. Kruger were transported to HPD for processing and later transported to PSB.

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Ford County Public Health Department COVID-19 Update

Ford County, IL - Ford County Public Health Department (FCPHD) is announcing two new confirmed cases. The individuals
include a female in her 70’s and a female in her 20’s. Ford County has a total of 45 cases. Of those, 35 are confirmed cases and
10 are probable cases. There has been one COVID-19 related death. These numbers are accurate as of the release time.
Public health officials continue to investigate and contact all individuals who may have had exposure to individuals that tested
positive for COVID-19. All close contacts are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms of
COVID-19. Both confirmed and probable cases are treated the same with regards to isolation and contact tracing. Federal
privacy restrictions prohibit the release of any further information. For more information about case definitions and criteria,
please visit: https://wwwn.cdc.gov/nndss/conditions/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/case-definition/2020/.
FCPHD continues to encourage all residents to conduct preventive measures, including practicing three key steps (The 3 W’s):
wash your hands, watch your distance, and wear a face covering. COVID-19 appears to spread from person-to-person mainly
with close contact (less than 6 feet), but may also be spread by a surface that has the virus and then touching one’s mouth,
nose, or possibly one’s eyes. Illinois Department of Public Health states that the spread is through respiratory droplets
produced when an infected person speaks, coughs or sneezes.
COVID-19 in Illinois
• For zip code level information on confirmed positive COVID-19 cases, please visit IDPH Virtual map at:
https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid19-statistics. Please note, data will not be shown unless a zip code has six or
more confirmed cases. This is consistent with Collection, Disclosure, and Confidentiality of Health Statistics (77 Ill. Adm.
Code 1005). Zip code areas 60957 and 60936 are being reported.
• For information on long term care facilities with cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff, please visit:
https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/long-term-care-facility-outbreaks-covid-19. Information provided at this link is
provisional, subject to change, and updated weekly. Facilities report data to their local health departments, which in-turn
report to IDPH, so lag time and discrepancies are to be expected.
• For county-level COVID-19 risk metrics, please visit: http://dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics.
• For information on Restore Illinois and Phase 4, please visit: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/restore.
• For a listing of COVID-19 testing sites in Illinois, please visit: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/testing. This is not a
comprehensive list of testing sites. Locations are continuously being added as information is provided. Some locations have
asked not to be named.
Please visit our website (www.fordcountyphd.org) and follow our Facebook and Twitter pages for additional COVID-19
information and resources. For general questions about COVID-19, call the Illinois Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Hotline at
1(800) 889-3931 or send an email to: DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update

6 new cases and 4 releases today gives us a total of 22 active cases.  21 of the active cases are at home in isolation and 1 is hospitalized at this moment.   Our total positive confirmed cases are now at 113.   Our death rate is 1.87%.    

 

Stats

We have received 9,825 total tests (9,712 negatives and 113 positives). 

For Vermilion County our overall positivity rate is at 1.15%. 

Positivity Rate from 7/5 – 7/11 is 1.8%

Today’s Positivity Rate is 1.53%

Regionally, we have had 4 days of positivity rate increased during the 7 day rolling average and 2 days of hospital admission increases. 

 

Mobile Clinic Information

Yesterday, we had over 160 people get tested at our Oakwood location.  We had a great response today here at the health department until the rain and wind blew our teams tent and they had to cancel for the rest of the day. Tomorrow, our clinic will be in Westville at Judith Giacoma.  We were initially told clinics would be from 9-5, but they are actually 9-4 as yesterday they turned people away at 4:30. 

 

Release from Quarantine and Isolation Information

On July 17th, 2020, CDC updated their isolation release to 24 hours after no fever with no medication, BUT IDPH is still holding at 72 hours.  Please see the guidance on IDPH’s website.  I will keep you posted if and when they update the changes.  https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/isolation-quarantine

 

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Hoopeston Police Department promotes officer

The City of Hoopeston Police Department has promoted Officer Ryan Garfield from part time status to fulltime. Officer Garfield has been with the Hoopeston Police Department since March 2020 and will begin his fulltime duties August 5, 2020.

 

Officer Garfield comes to us from Watseka, IL where he was born and raised. He began his career in law enforcement with the Watseka Police Department where he was employed for 11 years. Officer Garfield now resides with his wife and children within the City of Hoopeston.

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