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Health Department reminding community folks to remain vigilant during holiday weekend

Local health officials want to remind the community to remain vigilant during the holiday weekend. COVID-19 numbers have spiked in many parts of the state and country in recent days. Officials say ‘now’s not the time to relax our habits of stopping the spread of the virus.

Iroquois County added three new confirmed cases Tuesday, bringing the total to 160. Two more cases were added yesterday (Thurs); Iroquois County now has 162 confirmed cases. Ford County has 34 cases, one new case added Thursday. Six new cases were announced in Kankakee County yesterday (Thurs). Nine in Kankakee County were confirmed Wednesday. The county now has 1,373.

Health department leaders encourage the community to follow social distancing guidelines during the holiday. Keep family gatherings small, focus on outdoor rather than indoor activities. Wash hands often.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 869 new confirmded cases Thursday, with 36 additional deaths. 

In INDIANA --- new cases were reported Thursday in Jasper, Newton, Tippecanoe, and White counties.

Benton County reports 48 confirmed cases.  Newton County has 96, Jasper 113, White County with 259 cases and Tippecanoe with 659.

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Suspended Road Construction

With the Independence Day Holiday weekend ahead, the Illinois Department of Transportation is suspending construction projects and opening up lanes where possible through July 5th. But, there are a slew of projects they outline where lane closures will remain in place and note work zone speed limits remain in effect where posted.

IDOT's District 3 includes projects in the WGFA-listening area.  Route 45/52 south of Danforth has lane reductions continuing with traffic ontrolled by temporary signals. I-57 work south of Paxton finds lane reductions continuing. In Kankakee County, the Larry Power Road Bridge work has I-57 closed.  Three projects in Livingston County.... I-55 near Pontiac has lane reductions. South fo Dwight I-55 lane reductions are in place.  Illinois Route 116 west of Pontiac has lane reductions and temporary signals.

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COVID-19 numbers increase ….

The total of coronavirus cases in Champaign County now sits at 890. That’s due to a 84-case increase between June 25 and Tuesday, July 1.

IROQUOIS COUNTY Public health reports three additional cases of the COVID-19. Three females were confirmed Tuesday … one in her 30’s, another in her 20’s and one in her 60’s.

FORD COUNTY Public Health now has 33 confirmed cases of the virus. One new case was added Tuesday, a female in her 40’s.

KANKAKEE COUNTY Public Health reported nine new cases Tuesday for a total of 1367. There’s no additional deaths in any of the counties locally.Illinois Public Health officials reported 828 new confirmed cases Tuesday, including 30 additional deaths.

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Bradley Boil Order

Aqua Illinois has a Boil Order in place for the Village of Bradley – UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Those in the 100 and 200-blocks of South Kinzie Avenue should boil their drinking / cooking water.

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2020 Sandwich Fair Canceled

Sandwich Fair Association Board President Larry Dannewitz has confirmed the 2020 Sandwich Fair is canceled. The Board of Directors of the Sandwich Fair Association voted unanimously this week to cancel the fair, which had been scheduled for September 9-13.  Due to COVID-19 concerns and based on information from the DeKalb County Health Department, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and guidelines from Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, Dannewitz says this will be first time the Sandwich Fair has not been held since it began in 1888. 

Thousands of people attend the Sandwich Fair during the annual five-day run. Dannewitz said the board idn't think the Governor's Phase 5 plan would work on time for this year's event. The 133rd Sandwich Fair, now to take place next year, is scheduled for September 8-12, 2021.

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