WHPO Blog Archives for 2020-10

Iroquois County man arrested on predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse

On Friday 10/30/2020, iroquois county sheriff's office arrested Edward W. Dill age 76 of Gilman on Charges of predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse following an investigation in to allegations involving two juvenile victims. Dill was taken into custody Friday afternoon with incident and was transported to the Iroquois county jail where he remains awaiting a court apperance. 

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The Hoopeston Historical Preservation Commission is looking for a logo for Hoopeston's sesquicentennial next year

Attention Hoopeston visual artists: Your city needs your skills!

The Hoopeston Historical Preservation Commission is looking for a logo for Hoopeston’s sesquicentennial next year and is turning to current and former residents to come up with creations.

The winning designer will receive $100 for the effort, compliments of Just the Facts. “I’m pleased to partner with the commission on this effort,” said Just the Facts publisher Lourdine Florek. “As the commission has worked on the sesquicentennial, it has used examples from the 1971 centennial as a backdrop. I’m sure those who will put together the bicentennial in 2071 will look at what was done in 2021. It will be an important part of Hoopeston history.”

There is no specific theme or slogan for the sesquicentennial so artists are free to let their imaginations flow to create in their medium of choice, whether it is paint, photography, digital or mixed media. Designs may be submitted digitally or in hard copy and should be no larger than 5 MB. Designs may be in black and white or color. Artists should check their designs before submission assure the design is visually appealing in black and white. Digital submissions, in either PDF or JPG format, may be emailed to Florek at publish@justthefacts.net. She will make sure designs fit the guidelines before sending them to the commission, which will choose the winning design, which will be used in materials marking the celebration.

Hard copy submissions may be taken to Hoopeston City Hall, 301 W. Main St.

The deadline for both is December 1, 2020. The commission will review submissions and announce its choice at the Community Awards Ceremony in January 2021.

Organizers hope Hoopeston’s sesquicentennial will be a weeklong event starting Sunday, June 27, 2021, and culminating with fireworks and other events on Saturday, July 3, 2021. Without enough donations and volunteers, the anniversary may have to be cut back to a one-day event, said Mayor Bill Crusinberry.

For more information, or to volunteer to help with sesquicentennial events, contact a commission member - Marta Pierce, Brad Hardcastle, Jeanette Andre, Kristy Kelnhofer, Valarie Hinkle, Debbie Benjamin and Ellen Scharlach – or call Hoopeston City Hall, (217) 283-5833.

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Vermilion county clerk says polls WILL be open on election day

Vermilion County, IL – As many of you know, Governor Pritzker has implemented new COVID restrictions effective Monday, November 2nd for our region. We want to assure voters that, no matter what, everyone’s regular polling places in Vermilion County will be open on Election Day, November 3rd, from 6:00am until 7:00pm. Voting will proceed, as normal. Extra precautions are being put in place in polling places that include: plexiglass, sanitization of stations and supplies, hand sanitizer, etc. to keep everyone safe.

 

Our office will remain open for early voting on Saturday, October 31, from 9am until 1pm and on Monday, November 2nd from 8:00am until 4:30pm.

 

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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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 10/31/2020

General Updates

 

Vermilion County was taken off the County Warning list as the last day they went by is the 24th, in which our positivity rate had dropped below 8%.  HOWEVER…like I said earlier, one really bad day can ruin our rate when we are already vulnerable.   On 10/27, our daily positivity rate was 12.2 and that put us back to 8.6%. 

 

Being on a call with multiple hospitals and health departments yesterday, many hospitals are starting to look at capacity limits already.  When we fill up our hospitals, we advance the burden on our healthcare system, our healthcare providers, and of course our community!  Yes, this will end, but until it does we can’t let our guards down. 

 

Region 6 (without UIUC tests) increased to 8.6% (ending 10/27).   This officially puts us into Mitigation Measures –  we anticipate this will begin on Monday, November 2nd

 

Mitigation Measures  (This is NOT Phase 3) – information is as we receive it and we will continue to send information as we get it.

 

TIER ONE Mitigations

 

We will have to operate under these measures until 14 days have passed and the region reaches a 7-day rolling positivity rate average of less than 6.5%.  Vermilion County has a huge impact on our region so let’s get us back open as quickly as possible!!! 

 

 

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 10/31/2020

General Updates

 

Vermilion County was taken off the County Warning list as the last day they went by is the 24th, in which our positivity rate had dropped below 8%.  HOWEVER…like I said earlier, one really bad day can ruin our rate when we are already vulnerable.   On 10/27, our daily positivity rate was 12.2 and that put us back to 8.6%. 

 

Being on a call with multiple hospitals and health departments yesterday, many hospitals are starting to look at capacity limits already.  When we fill up our hospitals, we advance the burden on our healthcare system, our healthcare providers, and of course our community!  Yes, this will end, but until it does we can’t let our guards down. 

 

Region 6 (without UIUC tests) increased to 8.6% (ending 10/27).   This officially puts us into Mitigation Measures –  we anticipate this will begin on Monday, November 2nd

 

Mitigation Measures  (This is NOT Phase 3) – information is as we receive it and we will continue to send information as we get it.

 

TIER ONE Mitigations

 

We will have to operate under these measures until 14 days have passed and the region reaches a 7-day rolling positivity rate average of less than 6.5%.  Vermilion County has a huge impact on our region so let’s get us back open as quickly as possible!!! 

 

 

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RESTORE ILLINOIS PHASE 4 GUIDELINES – FAQ FOR BUSINESSES AND MITIGATION MEASURES FAQ

BUSINESS GUIDELINES Which industries are impacted in Phase 4? Phase 4 makes way for the following industries to reopen or expand operations based on their ability to implement and ensure compliance with the safety guidelines. It marks the opportunity for thousands of businesses and thousands of Illinoisans to return to work. It includes the following major industry categories: • Retail and Service Counters • Offices • Personal care (i.e. barbers/salons) • Manufacturing • Health and fitness centers (i.e. gyms) • Youth and recreational sports • Spectator Sports • Meetings and Social Events • Film Production • Theaters and Performing Arts • Indoor/Outdoor recreation • Museums and Zoos • Day Camps • Restaurants and Bars • Updated guidelines for Golf and Tennis General guideline questions for all businesses: What are the uniform guidelines businesses should follow? • While the guidelines vary by industry, all businesses and industries included in Phase 4 should ensure signage is displayed, conduct regular sanitizing and cleaning, promote social distancing whenever possible, and ensure staff and customers use face coverings when within 6 feet of others. • Follow guidelines on capacity limits and group sizes (to be continually reassessed throughout Phase 4) 2 • Employees should complete health and safety training related to COVID-19 when returning to work. • Employees should not report to, or remain at, work if sick or symptomatic. • Employers should make temperature checks available for employees and encourage their use. • Employers and businesses are also being urged to: ? Continue use of work from home arrangements ? Assign staffing with extra space for personnel ? Limit travel unless essential ? Implement on-site testing and health screening procedures ? Ensure social distancing, and in some cases, assign a staff monitor (i.e. manufacturing and other businesses where employees are in close quarters) ? Provide reasonable accommodations for vulnerable employees What are some best practices businesses should follow to ensure customers comply with the face covering requirement? • Businesses should consider placing an employee at the store entrance to remind individuals to wear face-coverings. Business may also post signage at the store entrance and throughout the store reminding employees of the face-covering requirements. If possible, businesses should offer face-coverings to those customers without one • Businesses should also ensure its employees comply with the face-covering requirements, provide face-coverings to employees if needed, and instruct employees to maintain socialdistancing to the extent feasible while interacting with customers Phase 4 guidelines indicate there could be additional capacity for public events/gatherings later on. How will the state determine this? • Capacity restrictions will be reassessed based on the latest science and public health metrics on an ongoing basis throughout Phase 4. Do I still have to wear my face covering in Phase 4? • Yes. IDPH and the state of Illinois continue to encourage universal guidance of wearing face coverings in group settings, outdoors, and where it is recommended. The requirement does not apply to individuals who cannot medically tolerate a face covering. • In some instances, a mask is not required where other safety precautions, such as maintaining 6 feet of distance, are followed – i.e. while seated in a theater, or seated and eating or drinking at a restaurant. What other steps must my business take to keep workers and customers safe? • Other universal health and safety guidance for Phase 4 includes: o All employees who can work from home should continue to do so o Maintain social distance of 6 ft., and frequently wash hands o Continue employee health screenings upon entry into the workplace and mid-shift screenings for employees with shifts >5 hours (virtual screening permitted) o Follow guidelines on capacity limits and group sizes (to be continually reassessed throughout Phase 4) 3 What type of signs are businesses required to display in my store or on premises at the workplace? • Businesses must post the guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Office of the Illinois Attorney General regarding workplace safety during the COVID19 emergency. https://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19_WorkplaceHealth_SafetyGuidance20200505.pdf • Other signage varies for every industry, but all businesses should display signage to encourage social distancing of 6 feet or more. • The guidelines specify other required signage to indicate things such as closed work areas, face covering requirements; and other common/gathering areas • Businesses, like retail, where customers may line up should display directional signage to ensure lines are spaced properly and to prevent congestion in aisles at stories What steps do employers need to take to ensure employees don’t become sick, or come to work if they are sick? • If practical, employer should conduct pre-shift and mid-shift temperature screening via infrared/ thermal camera or touchless thermometer, OR if not practical, employees may take their own temperature at home within four hours of start of work and ensure no fever (without fever-reducing medication) before entering the workplace • All employers should have a wellness screening program Can local governments adopt stricter policies than the State’s Phase 4 policies? • Yes – local government units have the discretion to impose stricter policies based on their specific public health situation Restaurants and Bars and Social Events/Banquets What guidelines will restaurants and bars be subject to? • Capacity limited based on ability to provide a minimum of six feet between tables or other designated patron service areas; maximum occupancy of 25% in indoor standing areas (i.e. bar area, waiting area for a table); link to Guidelines • Parties of up to 10 permitted • Booths may be seated within 6 ft if impermeable barrier in place • Buffets and self-service food stations allowed, with queue points of 6 ft apart, sanitation stations and frequent utensil cleaning Are tents permissible for outdoor dining? • Subject to any required municipal and/or local liquor commission restrictions and approval requirements, tents may be used for outdoor dining if at least two sides of the tent are open to allow airflow. • If more than two sides of the tent are enclosed, this is considered indoors for purposes of the guidelines 4 What is the maximum occupancy for my bar’s/restaurant’s standing area? • Standing area capacity of restaurants or bars may operate at maximum of 25% of standing area capacity. If standing area does not have a designated capacity limit, establishments may allow up to 15 people per 1,000 square feet. Bar seating should be spaced 6-ft apart to maintain social distancing between patrons of unrelated parties. Will banquet halls be able to reopen and under what guidelines? • Yes, under these guidelines, banquet halls can reopen with capacity limits – the lesser of 50% of venue capacity OR 50 persons total per event, although venues may host multiple rooms of up to 50 people/50% capacity, with staggered start and end times to avoid interaction between the groups • Dance floors should remain closed • Event host should ask whether customer is currently exhibiting symptoms and if practical, take customer temperature Are weddings permissible in Phase 4? If so, is there a capacity restriction? • Weddings are permissible under the meeting and special event guidelines. Wedding capacity is limited to the lesser of 50 people or 50% of the room capacity, excluding venue staff and vendors • A venue with multiple rooms may NOT split one wedding party in to multiple rooms • Outdoor weddings are limited to 50 people. An outdoor wedding venue may not place multiple tents 30 feet apart to accommodate multiple groups of 50 for one wedding • Dance floors should remain closed Health and Fitness and Recreational Activity questions: Will professional and other spectator sports such as baseball be allowed? Will the public be able to attend? • Yes, under these guidelines, outdoor spectator sports that are ticketed and held in outdoor venues, arenas, stadiums, facilities, fields, or courts engaged in showing live sports games are allowed. Indoor spectator sports are not permitted at this time • Seating capacity limit is 20% of seating capacity for spectators • General admission shows and/or events without seating (e.g. standing room only) are not permitted at this time • As with other guidelines, local governments can implement more restrictive requirements What guidance will day camps need to follow? • Increase cap on group sizes from 10 participants per 1 adult to 15 participants to 1 adult (in line with Phase 4 child care guidelines); updated guidelines • Operators need to follow the IDPH guidelines on any water-based activities to follow IDPH guidance • Guidance on holding activities requiring physical exertion and/or exertion of voice outdoors moved to best practice 5 Are overnight camps permissible? • No; overnight camps should remain closed at this time, although they are permitted to operate under the day camp guidelines What water-based activities are permissible at day camps? • Day camps should follow the swimming facility guidelines set forth by IDPH. Day camps may also offer non-swim related activities, such as water balloons, sprinklers, and hoses. Slip-and-slides and similar type activities where multiple participants are in repeated contact with the equipment should not be used. Day camps should ensure each participant has his/her own towel, and proper handwashing hygiene should be observed before and after the activity. Will public pools and waterparks be able to open in Phase 4? • Recreational swimming and water parks will be open and should follow the IDPH Guidelines Will playgrounds reopen in Phase 4? If so, with what restrictions? • Indoor playgrounds are to remain closed • Units of local government are provided the discretion to determine if outdoor playgrounds can open; the playground should be limited to no more than 50 persons at the playground, individuals should follow social distancing guidance and all other applicable IDPH guidance Are there guidelines for health and fitness facilities to open safely? • Health and fitness updated guidelines; • Health and fitness centers can open with capacity limits of no more than 50% of occupancy at any given time; fitness classes of up to 50 people • Workout stations should be configured to be 6 ft apart (either positioned or decommissioning at certain stations) and are allowed to be 3 ft apart with impermeable barriers installed Will indoor children’s play venues be allowed to operate in Phase 4 (trampoline facilities, bounce houses, playlands)? No, indoor trampoline parks, bounce houses, and playlands should be closed Can you apply the 50-person gathering limit to 5K or 10K races? • Yes. Under the executive order, gatherings should be limited to 50 people participating in the activity. Applying the principle to running races, they can be held if the start times are staggered enough so that the groups do not mix with one another regardless of the individuals pace running and/or walking. The minimum guidelines should be staggered starts of 30 minutes and the start and finish points should be different locations to avoid gatherings over 50 people. Municipalities and local public health departments are provided discretion in methods to implement the remainder of the guidelines for youth and recreational sports (Link here). 6 Are pumpkin patches permitted? • Generally, yes. However, amusement rides and inflatables must remain closed. Hands-on exhibits should be closed or modified to eliminate the hands-on component. Indoor exhibits must also remain closed. Capacity should not exceed 25%. Venues should encourage online tickets orders. Employees and patrons should wear face coverings and comply with the social distancing measures set forth in the executive order. Are haunted houses permissible? • No. Haunted houses should remain closed at this time. Are hayrides/haunted hayrides permissible? • Hayrides/haunted can operate at 50% capacity, with parties spaced at least six feet apart and wearing masks, with the best practice to limit hayrides to members of the same household Tourism and Entertainment Questions: Which phase of the plan will include tourism? • Restore Illinois provides guidance to residents and businesses, organized according to major industries and activities • While each specific industry may not have its own specific guidance – businesses as well as residents are encouraged to adhere to the overarching principles of the Restore IL plan • Phase 4 offers specific guidance on several activities that are relevant or could fall into the category of tourism in Illinois – including museums, zoos, outdoor recreation, and outdoor seated spectator events with limited seating capacities • While residents traveling to the state should continue to take precautions, Illinois continues to provide a lot to offer for residents venturing on road trips or taking in any one of the many scenic sites our state has to offer Can live filming commence under Phase 4? • Film sets can operate at up to 50% capacity of location or sound stage capacity; overall group sizes limited to 50, including crowd scenes; guidelines Will museums and zoos reopen in Phase 4? • Yes, Phase 4 guidelines for reopening zoos; link to zoo guidelines • Public facing areas with capacity limits of no more than 25% of occupancy at any given time; indoor zoo exhibits should remain closed • Guided tours limits to 50 people or fewer; audio tour equipment must be cleaned before and after use by a guest or suspended; museum guidelines • Hands on exhibits should be closed or modified to eliminate the hands-on component (e.g. interactive touch screens, historical replicas, etc.) Are movie theatres permitted in Phase 4? • Yes; indoor and outdoor movie theaters are permitted to be open in Phase 4. 7 • Capacity limits of the lesser of 50 people OR 50% of venue seating; 50 person limit applies per theater for cinemas with multiple screening rooms • Cleaning and disinfecting of occupied seats or tables between use by different groups or parties, and again at closing time • Theaters and performing arts guidelines Are outdoor concerts allowed in Phase 4? • Outdoor concerts will be permitted if ticketed and seated events; link to guidelines • The capacity limit for the venue is 20% of the seating capacity Are drive-in theaters and concerts permissible in Phase 4? • Yes. In addition to following the safety and sanitation procedures set forth in the theatre and performing arts guidelines, drive-in theater and concert venues should follow these additional guidelines: o Each vehicle is limited to four individuals ? Oversized vehicles are not permitted (buses, RVs, limousines) o Venues must obtain the name, address, phone number and email address of at least one person per vehicle o Tickets should be purchased on-line or over the phone in advance of the performance o Venues should provide landmarks for attendees to easily identify where there are/were in the venue o If patrons will exit the vehicle (concerts), vehicles must be parked in every third parking spot ? Individuals exiting the vehicle must remain in one space immediately adjacent to their vehicle ? Spaces should be clearly outlined (e.g. parking cones, parking stop, etc.) for ease of enforcement of social distancing measures between spaces ? Tents are not permitted ? Venue staff should monitor area to ensure groups are not congregating o If patrons will remain in the vehicle (movie theaters), vehicles must be parked in every other spot o Individuals must wear masks when outside of their vehicle or designated space Are flea markets permissible in Phase 4? • Yes. In addition to following the retail guidelines, flea markets should follow these extra precautions • For both indoor and outdoor flea markets, venue capacity should not exceed 25%, or 15 people per 1,000 square feet • Booths/exhibits should be spaced the lesser of every third spot, or 30 feet apart • Indoor flea markets should open windows and doors for fresh air flow • Face coverings should always be worn, whether indoor or outdoor • Flea Markets that offer food and beverage should follow the indoor and outdoor dining guidelines 8 • Flea Markets should have hand sanitizer available for customers upon entering the flea market and/or available at various locations within the flea market • If possible, vendors should use an impermeable barrier or a second table between vendors and customers • Flea Market should have employees monitoring the venue to ensure customers are social distancing and wearing face coverings Sports-Related Questions Can individuals and/or teams play competitive games out of state? • Out-of-state travel for competitive games by individuals and/or teams is strongly discouraged. Additionally, teams should comply with local orders prohibiting travel or requiring self-quarantine if they travel to certain states. Can lower risk travel/club sports play competitive games throughout the state? • No. All lower risk sports are limited to intra-conference, intra-EMS-region, or intra-league competitions. If a travel/club sport does not have a defined conference, but rather is part of a statewide or multi-EMS region league, then the team is limited to playing other teams from within the EMS region from which that team is located Do regular dance classes and lessons fall under the All Sports Guidelines? • No. Competitive dance where participants perform dances in front of judges fall under the all sports guidelines. Dance classes that are not competitive, but rather may have an end of session performance, should follow the health and fitness guidelines Is there a limit for the number of people that can be on a team for medium risk sports? • Yes, teams should not exceed 25 participants, excluding coaches Do people have to wear face coverings if indoor and they can stay six feet apart? • Yes; face coverings should be worn at all times while exercising or participating in a practice or competition Do the All Sports Guidelines differentiate between indoor volleyball and outdoor volleyball? • No. The restrictions set forth in the guidelines apply to both indoor and outdoor volleyball What about sports played in the park and not affiliated with a club or a park district program? Is that permissible? • Municipalities and park districts have discretion whether they will permit these activities. If the activities are permitted, at a minimum, participants should follow the allsports guidelines to extent they are applicable including face coverings for indoor and outdoor sports, regular hand washing, and maintaining social distancing when not participating in the sport Which guidelines should bowling follow? • Bowling not associated with a school sport should follow the bowling guidelines 9 Are there updated golf guidelines? • Yes. Notable differences from the previous guidelines include: Two people are permitted to ride together in a cart if they live in the same household without a facial cloth covering. If two people who do NOT live in the same household are sharing a cart, a facial cloth covering is required; updated guidelines • Tournaments and shotgun starts are permitted. Golf courses should develop procedures to ensure that individuals do no congregate in groups excess of 50 before or after the tournament • Individual caddies are permitted. Caddies should wear face coverings when within six feet of a golfer or caddie. The golf club should have updated parental consent for all caddies under 18. Caddies should not congregate in groups larger than 50 Are there updated guidelines for tennis or pickleball in Phase 4? • Yes. Tennis facilities and player safety for adult tennis can operate under these updated guidelines. Youth tennis should follow the all sports guidelines. Region Mitigation Measures Questions General Questions: How long will these mitigation measures be in place for? • The region will operate under these measures until 14 days have passed and the region reaches a 7-day rolling positive rate average of less than 6.5%. Why aren't other close contact businesses, like fitness centers, being closed as well? • The current data indicates that infections are coming from social encounters, such as bars, restaurants and large gatherings and this first tier of mitigations is focused on addressing those sources of community spread. If the regional seven-day rolling average for positivity rate remains above 8% over the next 14 days, IDPH may establish additional mitigations affecting more sectors in order to reduce infections. Which entities will be charged with enforcement of these new rules? • State and local law enforcement along with local health departments. How is the State coordinating with local officials and businesses themselves to implement these changes on short notice? • DCEO and DPH will notify local law enforcement agencies and local health departments, and has been the case throughout the pandemic, is in consistent communication with the business community to address their questions and assist in their ability to implement these new mitigations. What types of social events and gatherings are subject to the resurgence mitigation measures? • In addition to any event or gathering that falls under the meeting and social events guidelines, gatherings and socials events subject to mitigation measures include, but are not limited to, weddings, bridal & baby showers, receptions, birthday parties, picnics & barbecues, and funerals 10 Business Specific Questions: Do the mitigation measures impact drive-thru, take-out or delivery for restaurants? • No. Mitigations do not restrict take-out, drive-thru, or delivery options for restaurants. The guidance only provides for additional operating restrictions for indoor dining. Can bars and restaurants allow walk-in patrons for outdoor dining? • Bars and restaurants should take reservations for all parties for outdoor dining for contact tracing purposes. However, bars and restaurants can accept walk-ins provided they record the contact information of at least one person in the party. Can bars and restaurants in mitigation areas serve food and beverages indoors in conjunction with a meeting or special event? • No. Bars and restaurants in mitigation areas are not permitted to have any indoor dining and service, and therefore may not host meetings, events or gatherings within their establishment. Outdoor meetings or special events that otherwise comply with the bar and restaurant guidance are permitted. Do bars and restaurants need to stop accepting customers at 11:00 p.m., or do they have to clear the premises by 11:00 p.m.? • All patrons must be off the premises by 11:00 p.m. and may reopen at 6:00 a.m. or later. Drive-thru, carry out, and delivery service is still permitted after 11:00 p.m., but customers must depart after obtaining their food and there should not be congregation of customers outside of the restaurant after closure time. Can restaurants still utilize plexiglass between booths as a barrier? • Yes, plexiglass is still a permissible method for restaurants to separate parties within a restaurant. Do mitigation measures that restrict indoor dining and service at restaurants and bars apply to movie theaters, bowling alleys and food courts? • Indoor concessions at places like movie theaters and bowling alleys may still operate delivery and takeaway service consistent with the Phase 4 restaurant guidance and applicable mitigations. • Customers must consume food or beverage items off site or at their seat, lane etc. provided these areas are also consistent with applicable guidance. • Businesses within food courts may remain open for sales and takeaway, however, dining area tables must be rendered out of service or otherwise restricted from use. Can restaurants and cafeterias within airports, hospitals, and college dining halls continue to provide indoor dining and exempt from mitigation measures? • Yes. From the beginning of the emergency declaration to respond to COVID-19, executive order 2020-07 provided that businesses located in airports, hospitals, and dining halls in colleges and universities are exempt from the requirements of this Executive Order. For purposes of ensuring that individuals can eat a meal with no alternatives provided in these 11 venues for eating, they are not subject to the mitigation measures imposed in regions. Patrons must follow the restaurant and bar guidelines in the establishment, including wearing masks when waitstaff approach and when they are not eating or drinking at a table. What is the guidance for reception halls? • Reception halls generally refer to a building or space with primary purpose of entertaining large groups of people for social or entertainment purposes. In areas under Tier 1 mitigation, capacity is limited to the lesser of 25 people or 25% overall room capacity. In Tier 2, capacity is limited to 10 people. Are there changes to movie theater or drive-in movie theater guidance? • No; the mitigation measures do not outline any changes for movie theaters or drive-in movie theaters. The capacity for a theater is the lesser of 50 guests or 50% of the overall theater or performance space capacity and should follow the guidelines for Phase 4. Drivein theaters and concerts should follow the State’s FAQ. Do the gathering and meeting limits contained in the mitigation measures apply to Adult Day Care Services? • No. The resurgence mitigation measures would not affect adult day care “indoor” activities or services. Adult day care services proceed because they are not meetings or gatherings. Do the regional mitigation limits on events and gatherings apply to churches and other places of worship? • Organizers of religious gatherings are encouraged to follow the mitigation measures by limiting gatherings to 25% capacity or 25 persons, whichever is less • Additionally, places of worship are recommended to follow IDPH guidance on social and physical distancing posted here: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/communityguidance/places-worship-guidance • To the extent that a place of worship is being rented for a private social event or gathering, the limits on social events and gatherings would apply Is video gaming permitted at bars, restaurants and other licensed video gaming locations in areas under mitigation? • Yes, but only under the following conditions: • Gaming is limited to within the hours of 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM daily, with no exceptions. • Food and beverage service in the gaming area is suspended (curbside and carry out is permitted if otherwise authorized) • Masks must be worn at all times in the gaming area • Congregating around video gaming terminals is prohibited and there is a one person per video gaming terminal limitation • Existing social distancing, sanitizing and other mitigation protocols and measures in approved Terminal Operator Pandemic Resumption Plans remain in effect along with other applicable protocols and directives from the Illinois Gaming Board 12 • Failure to comply with mitigation efforts and restrictions could subject licensees to discipline from the Illinois Gaming Board, up to an including license revocation

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Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/31/2020

Theft (under) H20-5054

Time: 11:17pm

Location: 800 blk S Market St

Complainant: 37 year old Hoopeston male

Details: HPD officers were sent to the above location for a theft of a lawn projector. An

Investigation continues.

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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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Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/19/2020

 

Fire Call

Time: 4:36pm

Location: 300 block of W. Orange

Details: HFD was dispatched to the above in reference to a possible structure fire.

 

 

Fire Call

Time: 7:34pm

Location: Route 9/1300 East Rd

Details: HFD responded to the above with VCSD and Arrow ambulance for a 2 car accident.

 

 

 

Criminal Damage to Property (city) H20-4897

Time: 4:55pm

Location: 200 blk N Market St

Complainant: 52 year old Milford female

Arrested: Bailee Cannon (21) (F) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were called to the above location for a criminal damage report. After

an investigation, Ms. Cannon was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed. She

was issued a city citation, then released to Rossville PD who also had pending

charges.

 

Warrant Arrest H20-4899 2020-8361

Time: 6:32pm

Location: 500 blk E Young Ave

Arrested: 16 year old Hoopeston male

Details: HPD was notified of a location of the juvenile who was considered a missing/

runaway. When located, a computer check revealed that he also had an outstanding Vermilion County warrant. He was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed. He was later transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in Danville.

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 10/17/2020

Region 6 (without UIUC tests) jumped to 7.4% (ending 10/13).  The region saw a daily high of 11.8 on 10/13.   Vermilion County also saw a daily high of 14.6%, which put our 7-day rolling average at 9.8%.  Vermilion County continues to be a Warning Level County.  Information on numbers below.

 

Update on Cases

 

Today’s Cases:  40 new cases and 39 were released out of isolation.   This puts our active cases at 264 with 9 in the hospital and 255 at home in isolation. None of our new cases are hospitalized.  We have 2 toddlers, 8 teens, 3 their 20s, 10 in their 30s, 6 in their 40s, 4 in their 50s, 4 in their 60s, and 3 in their 70s.   12 of the cases are connected by households, family, or previous contacts.    

 

 

Statistics

Vermilion County

Total Negatives:  32,795

Total positives: 1251

County Metrics from 10/4-10/10 (of the 7 metrics that warrant warnings, we have 4)

  • New Cases per 100,000:  359 per 100k
  • Number of Deaths: 1
  • Test Positivity:  9.3%
  • Tests Performed:  2,900
  • CLI (COVID19 like illness) ED Visits (%), Adults:  3.6%
  • Number of CLI Admissions:  12
  • Youth Cases:  57
  • New Cases total:  276

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 increased to 7.4%  (Daily positivity rate hit a high of 11.8 for the region on 10/13)

Hospital Admissions 7 Day Rolling Average:  5 day 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.    

 

 

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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Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/17/2020

Unlawful Acts Constituting Disorderly Conduct (City Ordinance) H20-4858

Time: 02:32am

Location: 800 E. Honeywell Ave

Arrested: Amy Thompson (58) Hoopeston female

Details: Subject was warned multiple times to stop abusing 911 services without an emergency. Subject was taken into HPD custody, charged with the above, processed and later released with a NTA in Hoopeston City court

 

 

 

Traffic Accident H20-4865

Time: 2:56pm

Location: Orange St/Market St

Unit #1: 2008 Volvo Semi Tractor driven by Emilio Esparza (43) Chicago male

Unit #2: 2010 Toyota Highlander driven by Robert Simmons (66) Moweaqua male

Details: Unit #1 failed to yield to traffic when he turned onto market causing Unit #2 to strike Unit #1. No citations issued. Both units insured.

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 10/16/2020

Region 6 (without UIUC tests) maintained at 6.6% (ending 10/12).  Vermilion County continues to slowly go down.  Current 7-day rolling average is 9.1%.  We did see our daily positivity rate (6.8%) go below 8% for the first time since 9/30.  Let’s hope we continue with this downward trend in numbers.

As in the beginning of the pandemic, we worry about the capacity of our hospitals.  At this point, our regional ICU bed availability stands at 46%.  We do not want to see this get below 20%.    Now that flu season is upon us, it is likely we will see those numbers fluctuate.  While the Southern Hemisphere did not see large numbers of flu this year, the Northern Hemisphere does not always follow the same pattern.  The Southern Hemisphere also saw a large increase in their vaccinations for flu and they seemed to adhere better to the necessary precautions with masking and social distancing, which probably had a major impact.   So far, the demand for flu vaccines in Vermilion County has been high.  VCHD ran out of flu vaccine quickly and had to cancel multiple clinics.  Carle will be hosting another drive thru clinic on October 17th from 8am-2pm at their 2300 N. Vermilion St. site in Danville.


Update on Cases

Today’s Cases:  59 new cases and 27 were released out of isolation.   We also regret to report our 8th death for Vermilion County, a gentleman in his 70s.  He had been one of our hospitalized cases.  Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.  This is our 3rd death in just a little over a week which is not a trend I want to continue.

This puts our active cases at 263 with 9 in the hospital and 254 at home in isolation. Two of our new cases are hospitalized.  We have 1 toddler, 1 preschooler, 4 grade school children, 8 teens, 10 their 20s, 4 in their 30s, 6 in their 40s, 7 in their 50s, 13 in their 60s, 3 in their 70s, 1 in their 80s and 1 in their 90s.   24 of the cases are connected by households, family, or previous contacts.


Statistics
Vermilion County
Total Negatives:  32,513
Total positives: 1211
For All the County Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics<https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=http%3a%2f%2fwww.dph.illinois.gov%2fcountymetrics&c=E,1,N7s_9C2naEVPnDBzgsT0u_rDehnT8fr9gQXF-QJTqh7lFvYSsconuVhqfNheWZc8-H64ahnp244DaEgbOK8yYrMeGjmLzzfEdWMKfjQcTSUWBCQWHPPIMpbxYrE5&typo=1>
For County and School Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countyschool?county=Vermilion<http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countyschool?county=Vermilion>

Regionally (Region 6) EXCLUDING UIUC Testing
Test Positivity 7 Day Rolling Average: 5 days of positivity maintained at 6.6%
Hospital Admissions 7 Day Rolling Average:  6 day of hospital admission increases
For Regional Metrics, including the breakdown by county:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics<https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=http%3a%2f%2fwww.dph.illinois.gov%2fregionmetrics&c=E,1,SrJAzCedeI1zVzqwerNImFBaKVhJ7q_Bb38Gy884N_Gf9_L2YqRagAA5jJDPUrgQyDCtH6VdOygne1QWQa6A4rFgJf-7fgpE_EtpeMiQ&typo=1>

Testing


  *   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


  *   Should a flu vaccine be given to someone currently with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19?  According to CDC and IDPH, No.  Vaccination should be deferred (postponed) for people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, regardless of whether they have symptoms, until they have met the criteria to discontinue their isolation, then they may get their flu vaccination.  https://www.cdc.gov/flu/season/faq-flu-season-2020-2021.htm<https://www.cdc.gov/flu/season/faq-flu-season-2020-2021.htm>.


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<http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics?regionID=6>

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Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/15/2020

Restraint of Dogs by Owner/Keeper(CITY) H20-4817

Date and Time: 10/13/2020 5:28PM

Location: 600 Blk of W Elm St

Arrested: Holly Irvin(40)(F)of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were called to the above location for a dog running loose. Ms.

Irvin was located and given a City Notice to appear.

 

 

 

Warrant Arrest(Champaign County 20CF981) H20-4840 2020-8236

Time: 7:53PM

Location: 500 Blk of E Young Ave

Arrested: Robert G. Spisak(19)(M)of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were dispatched to the above location for a welfare check. A

computer check showed Mr. Spisak to be wanted a Champaign County Warrant.

Mr. Spisak was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and later

transported to PSB.

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 10/15/2020

Good news on our region.  I suggested (and I am sure I was not alone) to our regional ERC to just take out UIUC’s tests and to add Champaign back to our region and the state has decided to do this and our rate is now at 6.6% (about 20 minutes ago, it was 8.2%).  This doesn’t mean we can continue to throw caution to the wind as we are still on an upward trend.  Other counties that have very high 7-day rolling average rates are Clay (14.8%,); Crawford County (26.4%);  Dewitt (10.1%);  Ford (13.6%); Jasper (10.5%) and Macon (10.1%).    Vermilion County’s latest 7-day rolling average rate is 9.3%. 

 

We continue to see exposure with our gatherings, both large and small.  Many times with small gatherings, our guard is let down because we are with our friends and family and there is a tendency to not wear masks or not social distance.  As the weather cools down, we will all be heading indoors and this will not help matters either.   We also tend to see an increase in our older population after we see an increase in our younger population.    

 

Update on Cases

 

Today’s Cases:  40 new cases and 32 were released out of isolation.   This puts our active cases at 232 with 8 in the hospital and 224 at home in isolation. We have 2 preschoolers, 1 grade school child, 4 teens, 4 their 20s, 12 in their 30s, 6 in their 40s, 7 in their 50s, 2 in their 60s, and 2 in their 70s.   13 of the cases are connected by households, family, or previous contacts.    

 

We continue to catch up on cases from the long weekend.   

 

 

Statistics

Vermilion County

Total Negatives:  32,061

Total positives: 1152

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 increases at 6.6%

Hospital Admissions 7 Day Rolling Average:  5 day 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)
    • 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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Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/14/2020

Driving While License Revoked, Operating an Uninsured Vehicle H20-4804

Time: 3:08am

Location: 200 blk of alley just west of Market

Arrested: Floyd Shanks (M) (33) of Danville

Details: HPD officers stopped the vehicle Mr. Shanks was driving for a traffic violation.

A computer check revealed that he had a revoked driver’s license. He was arrested

and taken to HPD to be processed. He was later released with a notice to appear in

traffic court.

 

Theft (Under) H20-4805

Time: 05:20 am

Location: 900 block E McNeil Ave

Complainant: 70 year old Hoopeston Man

Arrested: Fouse, Gage M (M) (26) of Hoopeston

Details: At the above time the suspect was called in as standing in the middle of the roadway almost was hit. Upon arrival of Police he was in possession of lawn equipment not his own. Complainant was contact and identified the stolen property and wished to pursue charges against. Suspect was transported to HPD processed and then release with mandatory court date.

 

Criminal Trespass to Residence, Criminal Damage to Property, Battery, H20-4746

Date of Incident: October 10, 2020

Time of Incident: 03:00 AM

Location: 600 block E Seminary Avenue Hoopeston

Complainant: 20 year old Hoopeston Man

Date of Arrest: October 13, 2020

Time of Arrest: 10:30 AM

Location of Arrest: 301 W Main Street, Hoopeston Police Department

Arrested: Coon, Coty D (M) (23) of Hoopeston

Details: Hoopeston Police were summoned to the area listed above on October 10, 2020.

Upon arrival of police it was determined that the suspect was accused of the above listed of charges. Suspect had fled out of the area. Suspect came to HPD to clear up the issues today, when he was taken into custody. Was later transported to PSB Danville to await a hearing.

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 10/14/2020

Vermilion County reporting 17 new cases today (three residents in their 80s, two in their 70s, four in their 60s, five in their 50s, two in their 40s, and one teen), which brings us to a total of 1,112 positive cases.  Five of the new cases are family-related to new or to previously reported positive cases. 

There are currently ten COVID-positive Vermilion County residents hospitalized.  We have had 31,615 negative tests.
  
IDPH Director Ezike wants to alert all LHDs and partners across the state that increasing positivity rates and hospital admissions throughout the state that could trigger imposed mitigations this week. 

Also single day, double digit positivity rates over this weekend will push regions over 8% if lower numbers are not registered in the next days.

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ISP Multi-Vehicle Fatal Traffic Crash on I57

ISP FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH ALERT

 

The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police

District 21

 

 

WHAT:                      Multi Vehicle Fatal Traffic Crash

 

WHERE:                   Interstate 57 Northbound at Milepost 266, Iroquois County

 

WHEN:                      Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, 12:53 a.m.

 

VEHICLE:                Unit 1:  2019 Red Honda Civic

                                    Unit 2:  2010 Tan Ford Fusion

                                    Unit 3:  2020 White Truck Tractor Semi-Trailer                       

                                                                       

DRIVER:                   Unit 1: 26-year-old male of Onarga, IL (Deceased)

 

Unit 2: Kenjuan S. Brown Jr., 19-year-old male of Rantoul, IL (Transported to a local area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries)

 

Unit 3: Jose C. Aguilar, 33-year-old male of Eagle Pass, TX (Transported to a local area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries)

                       

 

PASSENGER:           Unit 2: Deandra M. Johnson, 21-year-old female of Beaverville, IL (Transported to a local area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries)

 

                                    Unit 2:  21-year-old female of Pembroke Township, IL (Deceased)

 

                                    Unit 2:  3-week-old infant of Beaverville, IL (Air lifted to a local area hospital with life threatening injuries)                                    

                                   

 

PRELIMINARY:      Preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: Unit 1 was traveling southbound on Interstate 57 at milepost 266.  For an unknown reason, Unit 1 crossed through the center median and struck Unit 2, which was traveling northbound at milepost 266.  Unit 3 was traveling northbound and struck Unit 2 causing Unit 2 back seat passengers to be ejected.  Unit 1 driver and Unit 2 passenger were pronounced deceased on scene by the Iroquois County Coroner.  The roadway was shut down for approximately 8 hours for traffic crash investigation.

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Fatal Car Crash in Iroquois County

On October 11th , 2020. Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle fatal accident at the intersection of Co- Rd. 2525 E. and 2400 N, Preliminary investigation shows a vehicle driven by Dennis E. Lade, age 64, of Donovan was traveling east on Co. Rd. 2400 N. when his vehicle left the roadway. Lade continued through an open field east of the intersection where he then collided with the ditch embankment on the south side of 2400 N. Lade's vehicle continued across 2400 N, and into another open field before coming to a rest, Lade was examined by members of Riverside EMS and the Donovan Fire Dept. before being pronounced deceased at the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/13/2020

Obstructing Identification H20-4785

Time: 1:40am

Location: 300 blk W Chestnut

Arrested: Alec Mockbee (22) (M) of Danville

Details: HPD officers saw a male fitting the description of Mr. Mockbee who was known

to have an outstanding warrant. He hid from officers and when found, he gave

false information. Subject was arrested on the above charge, taken to HPD to be

processed and later released with a Vermilion County court date.

 

Domestic Battery, Unlawful Restraint H20-4777 2020-8157

Date/Time Call: 10/11/20 5:56pm

Date/Time Arrest: 10/12/20 4:11am

Location: 200 blk E Penn

Complainant: 21 year old Hoopeston female

Arrested: Brian Kinnaird (29) (M) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were called to the above location for the report of a domestic

issue. Mr. Kinnaird has left the area before officers arrived and they were unable to locate him. Later, HPD officers found and arrested subject. He

was taken to HPD to be processed and then transported to the PSB in

Danville to await arraignment.

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 10/13/2020

We are reporting 35 new cases today (one resident in their 80s, five in their 70s, five in their 60s, seven in their 50s, three in their 40s, three in their 30s, six in their 20s, four teens, and one grade-school-aged child), which brings us to a total of 1,095 positive cases.  Eight 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.  We have had 30,243 negative tests.

IDPH Director Ezike wants to alert all local health departments and partners across the state that increasing positivity rates and hospital admissions throughout the state that could trigger imposed mitigations this week.

Also single day, double digit positivity rates over this weekend will push regions over 8% if lower numbers are not registered in the next days.

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2 nd FATAL CRASH IN VERMILION COUNTY ***UPDATED*****

WHAT:                      One Unit Fatal Traffic Crash

 

WHERE:                   Georgetown Road @ Hegeler Avenue, Vermilion County

 

WHEN:                      Oct. 11, 2020 at 4:40 a.m.

 

VEHICLE:                Unit 1- 2018 Red Toyota

 

DRIVER:                   Unit 1- 38-year-old male (Deceased)

           

PRELIMINARY:                  A preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: Unit 1 was traveling southbound on Georgetown Road.  For unknown reasons, Unit 1 left the roadway to the left.  Unit 1 struck a crosswalk control post and continued through a yard and struck a tree.  Unit 1 driver was pronounced deceased on scene. The investigation is open and ongoing.  No further information is available at this time.

 

The Vermilion County Coroner, Jane McFadden stated that an early morning single vehicle accident on Route 1 south of Danville, at approximately 4:30 a.m. on October 11, 2020, claimed the life of a 38 year old Westville man. The victim has been identified as Christopher B. Taflinger.

 

The identity was held until next of kin could be contacted. The cause and manner are still under investigation by the Illinois State Police and the Vermilion County Coroner’s Office.

 

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ISP INVESTIGATES FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH IN VERMILION COUNTY UPDATED

WHAT:                      Two Vehicle Fatal Traffic Crash

 

WHERE:                   Interstate 74 westbound at milepost 211, east of Danville, Vermillion County

 

WHEN:                      October 10, 2020 at 4:23 a.m.

 

VEHICLES:              Unit 1 – 1999 Pontiac Trans Am

                                    Unit 2 – 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser

 

DRIVERS:                 Unit 1 – Name withheld pending family notification, a 54-year-old male of Tilton, IL – Fatally Injured

                                    Unit 2 – Josue Bopolo, a 21-year-old male from Rochester, NY – Uninjured

 

PASSENGER:           Unit 2 – Linda Bopolo, a 23-year-old female of Rochester, NY - Uninjured

 

PRELIMINARY:      Preliminary investigative details indicate the following occurred: Unit 1 was traveling westbound on I-74 in the right lane near milepost 211.  Unit 2 was also traveling westbound on I-74 in the right lane directly ahead of Unit 1.  For an unknown reason, Unit 1 struck the rear of Unit 2, causing Unit 1 to slide off the roadway, and come to rest against the median cable barrier.  After the impact, Unit 2 struck the guardrail on the right side of the roadway and came to rest in the lanes of traffic.  The driver of Unit 1 received fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Vermillion County Coroner.  All lanes of I-74 we reopened at approximately 10:00 a.m.   No further information will be disseminated at this time.

 

CHARGES:               None

 

The Vermilion County Coroner, Jane McFadden stated that an early morning accident on I-74 near Batestown, at 4:23 a.m. on October 10, 2020, claimed the life of a 54 year old Tilton man. The victim has been identified as Arnold B. Cravens.

 

The identity was held until next of kin could be contacted. An autopsy is scheduled for today. The cause and manner are still under investigation by the Illinois State Police and the Vermilion County Coroner’s Office.

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Hoopeston City Hall closes for Covid case

City administration was notified of a positive COVID-19 test for a City employee on Friday morning. As a result of this positive test City Hall will be closed to the public until at least October 26, 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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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 10/10/2020

VCHD is reporting 51 new cases today (three residents in their 80s, six in their 70s, six in their 60s, nine in their 50s, four in their 40s, eight in their 30s, two in their 20s, one teen, eight grade-school-aged kids, three pre-schoolers, and one toddler), which brings us to a total of 1,033 positive cases.  Twenty-eight of the new cases are family-related to new or to previously reported positive cases.

We are also reporting our seventh death for Vermilion County, a resident in his 80s.  Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

There are currently ten COVID-positive Vermilion County residents hospitalized.  We have had 30,243 negative tests.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Fire Call

Time: 11:41pm

Location: 800 blk W Main St

Details: HFD was called to investigate a water heater spraying water on electrical box.

No sparks or smoke at the time of call. Water was turned off to residence and

FD cleared scene.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/08/2020

Fire Call

Time: 5:10am

Location: 426 E Honeywell Av, Centennial Manor

Details: HFD was dispatched to a fire alarm. The source of smoke was found, no injuries

reported and fire department cleared the scene.

 

License Plate Found

Location: Orange Street CSX Crossing Hoopeston

Details: License Plate that belongs to Raeanna Wardall was turned into the Police Department the owner may pick it up from city hall.

 

Burglary to Vehicle H20-4726

Time: 2:42pm

Location: 400 block of N 4th St

Complainant: 27 year old Hoopeston female

Details: Complainant contacted HPD when she discovered money and other items taken from her vehicle. Investigation continues.

 

Restraint of Dogs by Owner or Keeper X2 (city citation) H20-4729

Time: 5:24pm

Location: 800 blk E Elm St

Complainant: 66 year old Hoopeston female

Cited: Sara Rhodes (60) (F) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were called out for loose dogs attacking the complainant’s dog. After an investigation, Ms. Rhodes was given 2 city citations and

a notice to appear in city court.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/7/2020

Fire Call

Time: 7:40 AM

Location: 500 blk E Main Street

Details: HFD was called for response to investigate a strong odor of Natural gas outside the apartment building. It was determined a gas stove has an issue, so it had gas shut and electrical to the stove shut off. Ameren was sent to determine cause.

 

 

 

Traffic Accident H20-4700

Time: 2:03pm

Location: 1st Ave/Penn St

Unit #1: 2016 Lincoln MKX driven by Joyce Allen of Hoopeston

Unit #2: 1998 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Joseph Bennett of Hoopeston

Details: Driver of Unit 1 stated he stopped at the above location and pulled into the

intersection not seeing Unit 2. Unit 2 was unable to stop and stuck Unit 1. Driver

of Unit 1 was taken to the hospital for injuries. Driver of Unit 2 was cited for

Operating an Uninsured Vehicle.

 

Domestic Battery H20-4711 2020-8042

Time: 10:14pm

Location: 300 blk W Chestnut

Complainant: 21 year old Hoopeston female

Arrested: Elbert Cannon (54) Hoopeston male

Details: HPD officers were called to a domestic situation. Upon investigation, Mr. Cannon

was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed. He was later transported to the

PSB in Danville to await arraignment.

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 10/8/2020

Our REGIONAL positivity rate went down to 7%.   Vermilion County’s latest weekly rate (ending in 10/4) is now at 10.6% (full chart is at the end of the email).  When looking at our recent cases vs. Region 6 (without Champaign), Vermilion County has accounted for 16%-41% of our region’s cases in the last week.  There are 20 counties (21 with Champaign) in our Region and we are leading in the case load.  Macon County is behind us with a range of 12%-37%.  While this isn’t completely surprising in the fact that we are the next two in line for population size behind Champaign, Macon County has been testing a lot more people, so they are not in the warning area for positivity.  We have the 2nd highest 7 day rolling positivity rate only behind Clay County which is 13.2.     

 

Also, just a reminder that we post our cases to you once we have talked to them and verified that they are really a positive case in our county.  Because we have been backlogged with cases lately, we have increased the number of staff doing contact tracing so we have been able to catch up some (hence the large number yesterday), although new cases continue every day. 

 

Looking at the daily and weekly positivity rate from IDPH gives us a better look at how we are really doing in real time.  Daily and weekly rates are on the attached graphic.  The below graphic (which is now added to our infographic) looks at the difference between the positive tests and total tests each day.  Normally, the more you test, you may find more disease, but you also usually see the positivity rate go down if there is less illness as you can see in the beginning of the chart.  At the end of the chart, the number of positives are getting much closer to the number tested which correlates with our high positivity rate.  We have not seen a huge increase in the total number of tests, that has roughly remained constant.     Essentially, more people are positive, and we do not have robust testing available in Vermilion County.   

 

 

Update on Cases

 

Today’s Cases:  34 new cases and 20 were released.  This puts our active cases at 242 with 9 in the hospital and 233 at home in isolation. 1 of our new cases is hospitalized.  We have 2 toddlers, 2 preschool children, 2 grade school child, 1 teen, 3 their 20s, 3 in their 30s, 2 in their 40s, 5 in their 50s, 4 in their 60s, 8 in their 70s and 2 in their 80s.   15 of the cases are connected by households, family, or previous contacts.    

 

Thank you to those who provided me with feedback yesterday.   I thought I would add a few of the summarized comments I received.  Many of these were talked about by multiple people:

  • Non-compliance of wearing face masks
  • Children leaving schools and taking off their masks but continuing to talk to the person beside them or hanging out after for long periods of time with no social distancing
  • Families traveling and coming back and not getting tested or quarantining until the whole family shows symptoms
  • Fall gatherings, weddings, parties, social events where precautions are not being taken
  • Some stores no longer wiping down keypads
  • Many people just not taking precautions
  • Because of the implications of mandated isolation, many are not getting tested or evading medical diagnosis and not staying home
  • Because it has downplayed by many on Facebook or the media, it isn’t seen as a big deal and people would prefer to get it and be out 10 days instead of quarantined for 14. 
  • Misinformation
  • Not enough testing

 

Rumor Mill

 

  • The Rumor is:  you only need to get tested if you are symptomatic.  This is UNTRUE.  Due to the significance of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, it is still highly recommended to test asymptomatic persons, including close contacts of a person with documented SARS-CoV-2 (COVID19) infection – MASKED OR UNMASKED  per CDC guidance

 

 

 

 

Statistics

Vermilion County

Total Negatives:  29,432

Total positives: 948

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 CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

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

Hospital Admissions 7 Day Rolling Average:  2 day of hospital admission increases       

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

 

 

 

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 10/7/2020

Our REGIONAL positivity rate went down to 7.2%.   Vermilion County’s latest weekly rate (ending in 10/3) is now at 10.5% .

 

Our daily testing numbers have roughly stayed constant with a few dips and rises, but our positive cases have really begun to rise, this chart gives us a good look at what we are dealing with in consideration of our outbreak of cases.  Our rise in cases is not matching our current testing, which means we are seeing more disease.   

 

 

Update on Cases

 

Cases:  79 new cases and 21 were released.  This puts our active cases at 228 with 8 in the hospital and 220 at home in isolation. 1 of our new cases is hospitalized.  We have one infant, 1 toddler, 4 preschool children, 9 grade school child, 10 teens, 9 their 20s, 9 in their 30s, 11 in their 40s, 11 in their 50s, 7 in their 60s, 6 in their 70s and 1 in their 90s.   25 of the cases are connected by households, family, or previous contacts.    

 

This marks our highest number and we still have more to go. 

 

 

Statistics

Vermilion County

Total Negatives:  28,977

Total positives: 914

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 CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

Test Positivity 7 Day Rolling Average: 5 days of positivity increases at 7.2%

Hospital Admissions 7 Day Rolling Average:  2 day of hospital admission increases       

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

 

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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Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/6/2020

Criminal Damage to Auto H20-4659

Time: 07:12 AM

Location: 600 block W Chestnut St

Complainant: 41 year old Hoopeston Man

Details: Complainant reports that person(s) unknown and without permission entered the property and done damage to vehicle.

 

 

 

Warrant Arrest (Vermilion County) H20-4666 2020-7975

Time: 2:08PM

Location: S Market/E Washington St

Arrested: Randy S. Dillon(37)(M)of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers made contact with Mr. Dillon. A computer search showed Mr. Dillon

was wanted on a Vermilion County Warrant. Mr. Dillon was arrested and

transported to HPD for processing and later transported by Vermilion County

Sheriff to PSB.

 

 

Domestic Battery, Trespassing H20-4667 2020-7980

Time: 3:27PM

Location: 800 blk of E McCracken

Complainant: 69 year old Hoopeston man

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

Details: HPD officers were dispatched to the above location for a report of a Domestic

Disturbance. Ms. Warner was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and

later transported to PSB to await arraignment.

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 10/6/2020

Our REGIONAL positivity rate is at 7.4%.   Vermilion County’s latest weekly rate (ending in 10/2) is now at 9.6% (chart is below)  which is in the warning area.  This does not mean we as a county immediately go into extra restrictions; this means that next week, we will most likely be placed back on the warning list and if we continue going up and remain high, the state could put extra restrictions on us.   
As a REGION, we will go into mitigations if we go over 8% for 3 consecutive days.   

 

 

 

Update on Cases

 

Over the weekend:  We had 56 cases and 12 releases.  One of our releases was someone currently in the hospital.   We have 1 toddler, 3 grade school children, 6 teens, 4 in their 20s, 4 in their 30s, 9 in their 40s, 7 in their 50s, 9 in their 60s, 9 in their 70s, and 4 in their 80s.  None of the new cases over the weekend were hospitalized. 

 

Today’s Cases:  26 new cases and 32 were released.  This puts our active cases at 170 with 7 in the hospital and 1163 at home in isolation. We have 2 toddlers, 1 grade school child, 2 teens, 3 their 20s, 3 in their 30s, 2 in their 40s, 3 in their 50s, 5 in their 60s, and 5 in their 70s.   9 of the cases are connected by households, family, or previous contacts.    

 

Also, I’d like to touch on the fact that we continue to compare this to flu and flu deaths.  The worst flu season we have had in the last 10 years was a couple years ago during the 2017-2018 season which killed approximately 61,000 in the United States.  Today, the United States reports over 208,000 people have died from COVID19 like illnesses.  In Illinois, flu and pneumonia like illnesses killed 2,562 in 2018 alone.  So far, 8,791 people have died from COVID19 like illnesses in 2020.  And we are not done yet.   COVID19 hits people the hardest who have underlying health conditions.  Vermilion County has an estimated 31,586 people (53.8%) who answered yes to either having COPD, emphysema or chronic bronchitis, heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease or if their calculated BMI (body mass index) was over 30.  https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#underlying-med-conditions .

 

 

 

Statistics

Vermilion County

Total Negatives:  28,569

Total positives: 835

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 CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

Test Positivity 7 Day Rolling Average: 5 days of positivity increases at 7.4%

Hospital Admissions 7 Day Rolling Average:  1 day of hospital admission increases       

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

 

 

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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Hoopeston Police Report 10/04/2020

Warrant Arrest(Vermilion County) H20-4646 2020-7949

Time: 3:40PM

Location: 600 blk of E Orange St

Arrested: Jamey D Strawser(45)(M)of Terre Haute, Indiana

Details: HPD officers made contact with Mr. Strawser and after a computer check

showed him to be wanted on a warrant. Mr. Strawser was arrested and

transported to HPD for processing and later transported to PSB.

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 10/3/2020

Our REGIONAL positivity rate maintained at 7.2%.  Vermilion County’s latest weekly rate (ending in 9/29) is now at 8.3 (chart is below)  which is in the warning area.  This does not mean we go into extra restrictions; this means that next week, we will most likely be placed back on the warning list if we continue going up.  We only go into REGIONAL mitigations if we go over 8% for 3 consecutive days as a region. 

 

Update on Cases

 

Today’s Cases:  22 new cases and 13 were released.  This puts our active cases at 132 with 8 in the hospital and 124 at home in isolation. One of our current cases is now hospitalized.  We have 3 grade school children, 5 their 20s, 3 in their 30s, 2 in their 40s, 1 in their 50s, 6 in their 60s, 1 in their 70s and 1 in their 80s.  2 of the cases are connected by households or family.   

 

 

 

 

Statistics

Vermilion County

Total Negatives:  27,797

Total positives: 753

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

  • For the week of 9/20-9/26 in Vermilion County
    • 237 per 100,000 (over 50 is a warning area)
    • 0 deaths
    • 7.7% positivity rate (over 8% is warning area)
    • 2% for CLI (COVID-like illnesses) ED visits
    • 8 CLI Admissions
    • 38.6% ICU availability

For County and School Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countyschool?county=Vermilion  (we had 33 youth cases)

 

Regionally (Region 6) EXCLUDING CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

Test Positivity 7 Day Rolling Average: 5 days of positivity increases at 7.2%

Hospital Admissions 7 Day Rolling Average:  2 days of hospital admission increases       

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

 

Testing

 

  • The Mobile testing van will be back next week.  Times are 9-4.  There are no qualifications to meet to get tested. 
    • Hoopeston High School – October 3rd
    • VCHD – October 4th

 

 

 

New/Helpful Guidance or Updates

 

  • Nothing new at this time.

 

Charts

 

There was a request to continue to add the daily and 7 day rolling average graphic.  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