Area Breaking News

Miss Washington County Pageant Crowns 2021 Winners

         On Monday July 12, Nashville Middle School was the setting for the 2021 Miss Washington County Pageant. Megan Cook, Abby Riechmann, Elly Szopinski, and Laney Renth were the four contestants competing for the Miss Washington County Crown. For the Junior Miss competition, the participants were Anna Herzig, Rylee Habbe, Lexy Spratt, and Mabry…

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Health Department Offers Update On Mask Mandate

Washington County Health Department- On May 13, 2021, CDC updated their recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People. Someone is considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after they have received their second dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or 2 weeks after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  IDPH has updated their public health recommendations to match the…

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House Passes Bill to Reclassify Small-Amount Drug Possession as Misdemeanor

Bill expands expungement eligibility, treatment programs for drug possession offenses By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — A bill to lessen penalties for possessing and selling small amounts of drugs, including heroin and cocaine, narrowly passed out of the state House of Representatives Wednesday after a contentious debate. The discussion over House Bill…

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Pritzker Announces “Bridge Phase” In Reopening Illinois

‘Bridge’ phase raising capacity limits will take effect when 70% of seniors vaccinated By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – All Illinoisans 16 years of age and older outside of Chicago will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations beginning April 12, and the state announced a “metric-based” phase-in to greater reopening Thursday. The so-called…

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Weather Causing Federal Vaccine Delivery Delays

Illinois proactively orders vaccine in an effort to reduce delay SPRINGFIELD – The federal government has notified all states of COVID-19 vaccine delivery delays across the entire country due to adverse weather and road conditions. To help offset delayed vaccine deliveries, the State of Illinois proactively ordered vaccine to be delivered to its Strategic National Stockpile…

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IDPH Reports Another Covid Death In Washington County

This morning (2/8) the Illinois Department of Health reported another Covid-19 death in Washington County: a male in his 90’s. Shorty after, Washington County Health Department released an update in which the additional death has not been added. With the amount of data they receive from all over the state, IDPH numbers are not always accurate. However, if IDPH’s…

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Region 4 Moves Into Phase 4

This morning the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that Region 4 will be moving from Tier 2 mitigations into Phase 4, effective today. Region 4 has been meeting all but one of the requirements to move into the next Tier/Phase of the plan. As of today, Region 4 has met the criteria of at…

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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 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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