So You Think You Have Coronavirus. . .What Now?

So You Think You Have Coronavirus. . .What Now?

March 22, 2020 – You develop a little cough. Maybe you’re feeling run down. Maybe you feel you might have a low-grade fever. You are starting to think you have Coronavirus. What do you do?  

The first thing YOU DO NOT DO is go to the ER, Urgent Care or show up at your doctor’s office.   State health officials and the CDC say doing so can only put you and others at risk.  

So what do you do?: 

Because testing is not widely available to the general public, it is imperative that community members, whether feeling ill or well, implement social distancing best practices to limit the spread and contraction of COVID-19. This means staying home and away from as many people as possible as often as possible.

If you experience symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, do not present at a hospital emergency room or doctor’s office immediately unless it is a true emergency.

Please first call your primary care physician. If you do not have a primary care physician in place at this time, you may call:

  • DMH Medical Group at (217) 876-2856
  • Crossing Healthcare at (217) 877-9117
  • SIU at (217) 872-3800
  • HSHS Medical Group Family Medicine Forsyth is operating a regional respiratory hub. Their hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Memorial Health System is operating a respiratory screening clinic at its DMH Express Care East location to screen people for the COVID-19 virus. The clinic at 4455 U.S. Route 36 East will operate seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. People coming to the respiratory clinic should call (217) 876-1200 before they arrive. Patients and visitors to healthcare facilities should be prepared to be screened before entering.

If you are an otherwise healthy individual, the Illinois Department of Public Health advises you to stay home, distance yourself from others, practice good hygiene and treat yourself for symptoms as you would the flu That includes staying hydrated, getting plenty of sleep and (if advised by your physician) taking over the counter medicine to reduce fever and symptoms.  

DPS61 To Offer Breakfast and Lunch Feeding Program for DPS61

DPS61 To Offer Breakfast and Lunch Feeding Program for DPS61

March 14, 2020 -Decatur Public Schools will be offering breakfast and lunch to students on a grab and go basis on weekdays from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. There will be four pickup sites: MacArthur HS, Eisenhower HS, Stephen Decatur MS, and Hope Academy.

Families can look for these signs pointing to the correct area to pick-up meals:

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Macon County Clerk Encourages Early Voting Ahead of Primary

Macon County Clerk Encourages Early Voting Ahead of Primary

March 13, 2020 – To help stem the spread of COVID-19, the Macon County Clerks office is encouraging people to vote early.

Macon County Clerk Josh Tanner says Tuesday’s primary election will go on as scheduled with no changes to polling locations or hours at this time.  Macon County does not have any polling locations at long term care facilities or nursing homes, so there was no need to make polling location changes.

Tanner says they have advised election judges and polling locations of the proper handwashing and safety protocols and plan to have hand sanitizer and spray available at all polling locations. In addition, polling booths will be sprayed down as often as possible to help disinfect high traffic areas on Tuesday.

However, Tanner says they would like voters to take advantage of early voting as much as possible. “It really puts less pressure on our polling locations on Tuesday and will lessen the possibility of large crowds.”

Early voting is available at the Macon County Clerks Office (141 South Main Street – Room 119) at the following times:

Friday, March 13 – until 7:00pm

Saturday – March 14 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sunday – March 15 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Monday – March 16 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

WATCH: Fire Station No. 5

WATCH: Fire Station No. 5

March 11th, 2020- 3808 Greenridge Dr. is now home to Decatur’s newest fire station, Fire Station #5. The brand new station includes several individual living corridors, a social gathering area, a kitchen, a workout room, two bathrooms, and special storage spaces for contaminated and non-contaminated gear. Check out the full video below for more. 

WATCH: Richland Students Host High School Challenge

WATCH: Richland Students Host High School Challenge

March 6th, 2020- Students in Richland’s Humanities 112: Leading Through the Humanities class organized the first-ever “High School Challenge,” where seven local high schools competed in a series of challenges for the chance to win 1000 dollars that will go towards benefiting their High Schools. As part of this challenge, students are gaining hands-on educational experience and practical leadership skills in addition to what they are learning in the classroom. Below the video is a list of names of the participating students and their high schools. Each team has chosen how they would like to use the funds they win.

Clinton High School

Olivia Earl, Lydia Taylo, Mia Kaufman, Maddie Mearida, Taylor Bane

Use of Funds Won: We would spend the money to host community-building events to help foster a positive climate in our school.

St. Teresa High School

Grace Pugh, Erika Flickinger, Hannah Hollis, Marie Delaney , Maddie Allison

Use of Funds Won: The funds will be used for our St. Teresa Key Club.

Eisenhower High School

Samantha McVey, Mahoganie Johnson Cook, Caleb McKinley, Michael Pundt, Reuben Kohn

Use of Funds Won: We will use the possible winnings for SAT incentives.

Cerro Gordo High School

Lena Neaveill, Dorie Bulthuis, Rebecca Maple, Savanah Weaber, Kalie Walker

Use of Funds Won: Benches, trees, or tables for a new outside study area in back of school.

Decatur Christian High School

Brianna Austin, Caitlinn Deverell, Addison Milligan, Ethan Neufeld, Joshua House

Use of Funds Won: Our project target is to increase the practicality and beauty of our school with the students painting certain spaces and installing some coat racks, hooks, and even developing seating areas.

Meridian High School

Hallie Gates, Reagan Hunt, Avril Morrell, Keagan Kantor, Zoe Pramuk

Use of Funds Won: SAT/PSAT incentives

Argenta High School

Cobi Blair, Morgan Klover, Kathryn Morrison, Peyton Hayes, Nathan Dahl

Use of Funds Won: to support incentives for students with good attendance, academic growth/success, and positive behavior.

LISTEN: Problem Gambling Awareness Month

LISTEN: Problem Gambling Awareness Month

March 5th, 2020- Heritage Behavioral Health Center, in collaboration with the National Council on Problem Gambling, is dedicating the month of March to helping people with problem gambling. The campaign theme “Awareness + Action” is all about taking action and having conversations about problem gambling concerns and directing people to the help they may need. Listen below to the podcast with Heritage Outpatient therapist Keith Jihan. 

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call or text the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network at 1-800-522-4700 or visit www.ncpg.org/chat.
Other helpful resources related to problem gambling include:
Gamblers Anonymous: http://www.gamblersanonymous.org/
www.Illinoisalliance.org
www.weknowthefeeling.org
https://www2.illinois.gov/aging/Resources/Pages/gamblingandseniors.aspx

 

Buffett Foundation Receives FBI Community Leadership Award

Buffett Foundation Receives FBI Community Leadership Award

March 4, 2020 – The Howard G Buffett Foundation was selected as the 2019 recipient of the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. The Foundation is one of 56 individuals or organizations around the Nation to receive the award. FBI Special Agent in Charge Sean Cox says the award was presented to the Foundation for it’s work with the Crossing Community Care Campus and combating drug addiction through education and rehabilitation. The FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award will be presented to the Foundation officially by FBI Director Christopher Wray  at a Ceremony in Washington DC in May. Listen to the podcast with SAC Sean Cox now.

Coolest Thing Made In Illinois Contest Now Underway

Coolest Thing Made In Illinois Contest Now Underway

March 2, 2020 – Voting has begun in the “Makers Madness” contest to determine the “Coolest Thing Made in Illinois.” The contest sponsored by the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association is a bracket-style tournament to highlight many different products made in Illinois, from food to military flashlights. First-round online voting is open through March 8. It includes 259 products which will be winnowed to 16. Voters may cast up to five votes per day in the first round as the field narrows. The Coolest Thing Made in Illinois will be crowned in an awards ceremony April 1 at the Governor’s Mansion.  Local “Coolest Things” in competition include grain bins made at GSI and machinery and components made at Cat.  You can find the link to vote HERE.

CASA Playhouses Chosen For Raffle

CASA Playhouses Chosen For Raffle

February 25, 2020 – Macon County CASA has announced the winning designs for this year’s CASA Playhouse raffle.  eight total designs were offered with an opportunity for the public to vote on their favorite Two.  The winning designs by BLDD architects were “Crushing Playtime”, a monster truck themed playhouse designed by Greg Butler and his son Graham. . .and “Pirate Adventure”, designed by Shelby Orr. Josh Milligan & the Metro Decatur Home Builders Association along with Ted Paine will be professionally building this year’s playhouses. Raffle tickets for the playhouse fundraiser officially go on sale March 21st.