Area News

Hospitalizations For COVID-19 Continue On a Steady Decline

By: Jerry Nowicki JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected]  SPRINGFIELD – Hospitalizations and positivity rates for COVID-19 in Illinois continued on a steady decline Tuesday, decreasing for the 13th straight week. As of Monday night, the state reported 1,488 individuals were in the hospital with COVID-19, including 361 in intensive care unit beds and 172…

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No Day Like A Snow Day!

We asked our social media subscribers to send us some pictures of how they enjoyed the snowstorm last week. Like the snow, the pictures just kept coming! Unfortunately, we couldn’t fit all of them in the paper. Please enjoy our gallery below, and thank you everyone who submitted photos!

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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 Announces 27th Death

Today the Illinois Department of Public Health announced another death in Washington County due to Covid-19, bringing the total number of deaths in the county to 27. The patient was a female in her 90s. Yesterday, Washington County Health Department verified the death IDPH reported on February 8th. The male in his 90’s had been released from isolation at…

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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 Death; Washington County Health Department Asks for Patience

Update: On Wednesday, Feb 3 the Health Department announced 13 new cases of Covid-19 in the County, bringing the total to 30 active cases and 1 Hospitalized with Covid. On Monday, February 1 the Washington County Health Department released a statement announcing one additional death in Washington County as of January 29th. The female in…

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Covid-19 Numbers Continue to Improve

In a press release issued today, Washington County Health Department has confirmed 13 new cases of Covid-19 in the County as of 1/26-1/27.  This brings Washington County’s total case count up to 1,517, with 42 of these cases currently active. One person is currently hospitalized with Covid-19. The county has reported no new deaths, and…

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Region 4 Now The Only Region In Tier 2

Today IDPH announced that Regions 8 and 9 have moved from Tier 2 Mitigations to Tier 1 Mitigations. This leaves Region 4 as the only region in Illinois to remain under Tier 2 Mitigations. Region 4 moved from Tier 3 Mitigations into Tier 2 Mitigations on Friday, January 22.  In order to move into Tier…

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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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