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Three Deaths Among COVID-19 Reports Across Region

Three Deaths Among COVID-19 Reports Across Region

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Wednesday reported 1,848 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 22 additional confirmed deaths. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 279,114 cases, including 8,508 deaths, in 102 counties.

Three southern Illinois counties – including Williamson, Saline and Franklin – reported deaths due to the novel coronavirus.

Local case breakdown:

  • Saline County: 17, one death
  • Williamson County: 14, one death at a long term care facility
  • Jackson, Pulaski and Union counties: six
  • Jefferson County: five
  • Perry and Randolph counties: four each
  • Massac and Johnson counties: three each
  • Hardin and Gallatin counties: one each

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity rate for testing from September 16-22 is 3.5%.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 46,391 specimens for a total of 5,231,607.

Driver’s License, State ID Expiration Dates Extended To February

Driver’s License, State ID Expiration Dates Extended To February

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that expiration dates for driver’s licenses and ID cards have been extended an additional three months – from Nov. 1, 2020, until Feb. 1, 2021 The new extension also includes licenses expiring in October, November, December and January. License plates stickers remain extended until Nov. 1,…Continue Reading

Pritzker: National Guard in ‘State of Readiness’ for Civil Unrest

Pritzker: National Guard in ‘State of Readiness’ for Civil Unrest

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker put the state’s national guard in a “state of readiness” in anticipation of the announcement on whether charges will be filed in the police killing of Breonna Taylor. In a statement late Tuesday, Pritzker’s office said if needed, the national guard would fall under the direction of the state…Continue Reading

Bluford Woman Jailed After Fleeing Jefferson County Deputies

Bluford Woman Jailed After Fleeing Jefferson County Deputies

JEFFERSON COUNTY – A 35-year-old Bluford woman was arrested early Wednesday morning after she was reportedly fled from Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies following an attempted traffic stop According to the sheriff’s department, around midnight Wednesday, Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies attempted a traffic stop of a white Mazda on Markham Lane near IL Hwy 15. The Mazda reportedly ran…Continue Reading

Illinois Child Care Providers to Receive Funding from BIG

Illinois Child Care Providers to Receive Funding from BIG

CHICAGO (AP) – Child care providers in Illinois facing challenges during the pandemic are getting a boost from the state. Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Human Services announced Monday over $156 million in Business Interruption Grants Program (BIG) funding has been provided to 4,686 child care providers across Illinois facing challenges as a result…Continue Reading

CDC Issues Halloween Guidelines to Curb Spread of COVID-19

CDC Issues Halloween Guidelines to Curb Spread of COVID-19

WASHINGTON – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidelines Monday in regards to trick-or-treating and other Halloween-related activities. According to he organization, the guidelines are to “help protect individuals, their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19” but are not intended to replace any local or state regulations. Traditional Halloween activities were divided…Continue Reading

Mt. Vernon Man Found Guilty of Unlawful Restraint

Mt. Vernon Man Found Guilty of Unlawful Restraint

MT. VERNON – A Jefferson County jury Monday found a 30-year-old Mt. Vernon man not guilty of sexual assault but did return a verdict of guilty on a charge of unlawful restraint. Theodore Jefferson was facing charges of Class 1 felony sexual assault by force and Class 4 felony unlawful restraint and Class 4 criminal damage…Continue Reading

‘War of the Wheel’ Returns: Salukis to Host Redhawks

‘War of the Wheel’ Returns: Salukis to Host Redhawks

CARBONDALE (SIU) – After the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) decided on an eight-game 2020-21 college football season, the 24th ranked Southern Illinois Salukis will play this fall. The university’s athletic department announced Monday an October 23 matchup, considered the “War of the Wheel,” against Southeast Missouri State at Saluki Stadium. The teams were originally scheduled to play…Continue Reading

Three COVID-19 Related Deaths Reported in Southern Illinois

Three COVID-19 Related Deaths Reported in Southern Illinois

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Monday reported 1,477 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 7 additional confirmed deaths. Locally, three deaths were reported among Williamson and Jefferson counties. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 275,735 cases, including 8,457 deaths, in 102 counties. Local case breakdown: Saline County: 13 Williamson County:…Continue Reading

Exchanged Gunfire Damages Wall Street Home, Carbondale Police Investigating

Exchanged Gunfire Damages Wall Street Home, Carbondale Police Investigating

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Police are investigating a report of shots fired Sunday night. According to a release from the city of Carbondale, officers were called to the intersection of South Wall and East Mill streets and learned several shots were fired around 10 p.m., resulting in damage to a home on the 200 block of North Wall…Continue Reading

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