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Another Covid-19 Death in Washington County

Today, IDPH announced an additional death in Washington County: a male in his 80’s. This would bring the total number of Covid-19 Deaths in Washington County to 24. IDPH’s numbers are not always accurate. Washington County Health Department will release a more detailed update soon. This update will be posted on our Facebook page here.

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Region 4 Moves To Tier 2 Mitigations

Today, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that Region 4, which includes Washington County, is moving to Tier 2 Mitigations effective today. All regions in Illinois have now been moved out of Tier 3 mitigations.   “With all regions of Illinois now out of Tier 3, we can now see that the entire…

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Washington County Covid Numbers Heading In The Right Direction

As of Monday, January 18th the Washington County Health Department announced that they have begun Phase 1B of the vaccination plan in Washington County. In their statement posted on their Facebook Page, WCHD said, “Phase 1B is a very large group to vaccinate. It includes several occupations as well as those over the age of…

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Washington County Cases Continue To Rise

The Washington County Health Department has announced 61 new lab-confirmed cases of Covid between January 5 and January 6. Of these additional cases, 13 were cases that were incorrectly assigned to other counties and were transferred to the Washington County Health Department after their isolation period.   These cases have occurred in children in the 1-5 age…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Given to Clinical Colleagues at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese

From HSHS Press Release (BREESE, IL) – Yesterday, December 16, 2020, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese administered the first COVID-19 vaccine dose to hospital colleague Mary Fitzgerald, RN, from the hospital’s emergency department. All vaccines were administered smoothly and safely. The doses were administered to clinical colleagues providing direct patient care, all of who voluntarily…

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Covid Update: Washington County Up Two Cases, At Ten Deaths

Today the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced 7,123 new confirmed and probable cases of Coronavirus in Illinois. They have also announced 146 new deaths in the state. This brings the total number of cases in Illinois to 870,600 with 14,655 deaths. Two of today’s additional cases are from Washington County. They are…

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Washington County Reporting 8 COVID-Related Deaths

From the Washington County Health Department December 13 Our department has been notified of 2 additional deaths of county residents due to complications of COVID19. Both the female in her 60s and the male in his 80s were under isolation for active COVID at the time of their passing. Our thoughts are with the community…

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Health Department: 23 More Cases Reporting, Up to 449 Total

The Washington County Health Department said on Thursday, November 12, that there are now 23 New lab-confirmed cases of COVID reporting in the county from Nov. 10 and 11. The residents include: a 16 to 19 year old male; one female and three males in their 20s; one male in his 30s; three females and…

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IHSA Board Decides To Defy Orders, Plans Go Ahead For Basketball Season

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for a special board meeting on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, where the Board provided the latest information on the IHSA’s winter sports season. The Board voted to move the sport of wrestling from the winter season to the summer season, which will run from April…

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