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Free COVID-19 Mobile Community Testing Coming to Harrisburg

Free COVID-19 Mobile Community Testing Coming to Harrisburg

HARRISBURG – The Illinois Department of Public Health and Egyptian Health Department will hold a free COVID-19 Mobile Community Testing event Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the movie theater parking lot at Arrowhead Plaza in Harrisburg.

The event open to those six months of age or older. Tests are done by nasal swab and individuals with or without symptoms can be tested, according to health officials. Results may take four to seven days to receive.

Those participating must have a valid phone number in order to be contacted with results. No appointment is needed and face masks will be required.

Call 273-3326 for more information.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Up Across Region, New Cases Reported

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Up Across Region, New Cases Reported

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Wednesday reported 6,110 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 51 additional deaths. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 389,095 cases, including 9,619 deaths, in 102 counties statewide. According to a Facebook post from Southern Illinois Healthcare, COVID-19 hospitalizations have risen with cases throughout the region,…Continue Reading

Pritzker Announces Plans for Community College Manufacturing Academies

Pritzker Announces Plans for Community College Manufacturing Academies

CHICAGO (AP) – During a visit Tuesday in Champaign, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced plans to create two community college–based manufacturing training academies. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will provide a total of $15 million for two capital grants through a competitive application process. The manufacturing training academies will be constructed in downstate Illinois,…Continue Reading

Basketball Among Winter Sports On Hold Under New COVID-19 Guidelines

Basketball Among Winter Sports On Hold Under New COVID-19 Guidelines

CHICAGO (AP) – Youth and adult basketball, hockey and wrestling are being put on hold under new COVID-19 safety guidelines released by Illinois health officials. The winter sports guidelines move basketball into the “high risk” category, alongside hockey and wrestling. State public health director Doctor Ngozi Ezike said the chance of transmission is “just too…Continue Reading

Illinois Supreme Court Issues Civil Jury Selection Orders

Illinois Supreme Court Issues Civil Jury Selection Orders

CHICAGO (AP) – The Illinois Supreme Court Tuesday issued new orders regarding civil jury selections during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Court noted most civil jury trials have been on hold during the pandemic and the pool of jurors available for selection and service has decreased due to the health and economic impacts of the pandemic. Tuesday’s…Continue Reading

Communities to See Lowest Aggregation Rates Since Inception

Communities to See Lowest Aggregation Rates Since Inception

MT. VERNON – Residents of nearly one hundred Southern Illinois communities, including Mt. Vernon, have received letters from Homefield Energy confirming their enrollment in the new electric aggregate rates. The Collinsville-based energy company was the winning bidder with a rate of 4.391 cents per kilowatt-hour (kwh). The new rate will be effective after December meter…Continue Reading

Indiana Man Pleads Not Guilty in Murder of Fairfield Girl

Indiana Man Pleads Not Guilty in Murder of Fairfield Girl

Pictured above (left, right): Megan Nichols (Photo: MissingPersons), Brody Murbarger (Photo: WRXX, Centralia) FAIRFIELD – A 24-year-old Indiana man pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Wayne County Court to charges accusing him of murdering a 15-year-old Fairfield girl reported missing in the summer of 2014, only to be found buried in a shallow grave in Illinois over three…Continue Reading

West Frankfort Schools Moving to All Remote Learning Wednesday

West Frankfort Schools Moving to All Remote Learning Wednesday

WEST FRANKFORT – Students in the Frankfort Community Unit School District #168 will return to all remote learning, starting Wednesday. District Superintendent Matt Donkin said in a statement the district continued receiving reports Tuesday of some positive testing for COVID-19 from students and staff members. In addition, Donkin said the amount of people who have…Continue Reading

Three Deaths Due to COVID-19 Reported in Southern Illinois

Three Deaths Due to COVID-19 Reported in Southern Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – State health officials Tuesday announced 4,000 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including 46 additional deaths. Three deaths were reported among two counties in southern Illinois. The total number of cases since the pandemic began in Illinois has raised to 382,985 including 9,568 deaths. Local case breakdown: Williamson County: 25, two deaths…Continue Reading

Four Charged in Sunday Morning Shooting in Carbondale

Four Charged in Sunday Morning Shooting in Carbondale

Pictured above (left to right): Malik Wright, Jajuan Smith   CARBONDALE – Four people have been charged in an early Sunday morning shooting in Carbondale. According to Carbondale Police, 25-year-old Malik Wright, 22-year-old JaJuan Smith, and two male juvenile ages 16 and 16, all from Carbondale, were arrested for their involvement in the incident. Police…Continue Reading

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