The Illinois Department of Public Health Announces 894 New Cases; 41 Additional Deaths

The Illinois Department of Public Health Announces 894 New Cases; 41 Additional Deaths

June 25, 2020 – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 894 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 41 additional confirmed deaths.

– Cook County: 2 males 30s, 1 female 50s, 3 females 60s, 2 males 60s, 2 females 70s, 3 males 70s, 4 females 80s, 3 males 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s, 1 female 100+
– DuPage County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 male 80s, 1 male 90s
– Kane County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 70s
– Lake County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 80s
– LaSalle County: 1 male 70s
– McHenry County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s
– Monroe County: 1 female 80s
– St. Clair County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 80s
– Will County: 2 females 80s
– Winnebago County: 1 male 80s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 139,434 cases, including 6,810 deaths, in 101 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 31,686 specimens for a total of 1,460,527.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 18–June 24 is 3%.

Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH is now reporting both confirmed and probable cases and deaths on its website.  Reporting probable cases will help show the potential burden of COVID-19 illness and efficacy of population-based non-pharmaceutical interventions.  See CDC definition of a probable case on its website.  IDPH will update these data once a week.

Speak Up Speak Out

Weekly Online Forum To Discuss Issues Facing Our Community

Welcome to Speak Up/ Speak Out  -a weekly online forum to discuss issues facing OUR community and working towards ways to enact real change. Topics weekly on Speak Up/ Speak Out will include everything from community action, mental health, family communication and more. You can catch Speak Up/ Speak Out every Saturday at noon here or on the Hot 105.5 Facebook page and the NowDecatur Facebook Page. 

Episode 2 Panel

Julia Livingston is the Executive Director, Macon County CASA and Founder, Discourse on Racial Difference book club. The book club, which has over 600 members and growing, was developed out of a desire to help our community begins fruitful and educated conversations on racial difference.

Julia Livingston

Julia Livingston is the Executive Director, Macon County CASA and Founder, Discourse on Racial Difference book club. The book club, which has over 600 members and growing, was developed out of a desire to help our community begins fruitful and educated conversations on racial difference.
Heather has been an elementary school teacher for ten years and is currently the kindergarten through third-grade art teacher at Mt. Zion.  Heather is a mom of two and a member of the Discourse on Racial Difference Book Club

Heather Guasco

Heather has been an elementary school teacher for ten years and is currently the kindergarten through third-grade art teacher at Mt. Zion. Heather is a mom of two and a member of the Discourse on Racial Difference Book Club

Episode 1 – Checking In

 

 

Episode 1 Panel

Reverend Courtney Carson serves as an ordained Minister at Antioch M.B. Church, Executive Director of External Affairs for Richland Community College and Vice President of Decatur Public Schools District.61. Rev. Carson is the Co-creator of the Award-Winning Trauma Sensitive Training Program known as EnRich at Richland Community College.

Rev. Courtney L. Carson, MDiv.

Reverend Courtney Carson serves as an ordained Minister at Antioch M.B. Church, Executive Director of External Affairs for Richland Community College and Vice President of Decatur Public Schools District.61. Rev. Carson is the Co-creator of the Award-Winning Trauma Sensitive Training Program known as EnRich at Richland Community College.
Jeanelle Keck is a Finance Director at a local insurance company. Jeanelle is a firm believer that education and civic engagement will lead to a more informed and just society. To that end, she became a certified facilitator in the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) in 2017.  In 2019, she co-led the first cohort of the Be the Bridge program, with the aim of racial reconciliation in the church. Also in 2019, she became an adjunct professor at Millikin University.

Jeanelle Keck

Jeanelle Keck is a Finance Director at a local insurance company. Jeanelle is a firm believer that education and civic engagement will lead to a more informed and just society. To that end, she became a certified facilitator in the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) in 2017. In 2019, she co-led the first cohort of the Be the Bridge program, with the aim of racial reconciliation in the church. Also in 2019, she became an adjunct professor at Millikin University.
Charmaine Robertson-Stoner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Director of Behavioral Health Services for Crossing Healthcare. With over 10 years in the field of Social Work, Charmaine has significant experience assessing and educating on the complex bio-psycho-social factors related to patients with emotional and physical trauma histories, who require mental health support, substance use treatment, and a continuum of care.

Charmaine Robertson-Stoner, LCSW

Charmaine Robertson-Stoner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Director of Behavioral Health Services for Crossing Healthcare. With over 10 years in the field of Social Work, Charmaine has significant experience assessing and educating on the complex bio-psycho-social factors related to patients with emotional and physical trauma histories, who require mental health support, substance use treatment, and a continuum of care.
Speak Up Speak Out Topic Schedule

Speak Up Speak Out Topic Schedule

Welcome to Speak Up/ Speak Out  -a weekly online forum to discuss issues facing OUR community and working towards ways to enact real change. Topics weekly on Speak Up/ Speak Out will include everything from community action, mental health, family communication and more.

You can catch Speak Up/ Speak Out every Saturday at Noon on Hot1055.com or on the Hot 105.5 Facebook page, NowDecatur.com and the NowDecatur Facebook Page.

Speak Up Speak Out is presented by:

  • Crossing HealthCare
  • The Community Foundation of Macon County
  • United Way of Decatur and Mid Illinois
  • Neuhoff Media
  • And the City of Decatur

Upcoming Topics Include:

June 27th – Discourse on Racial Difference: A Macon County IL Book Club

July 4th – Health disparities with people of color

July 11th- A forum for teens

Macon County Joint Crisis Communication Team Update – June 24

Macon County Joint Crisis Communication Team Update – June 24

June 24, 2020 – Since yesterday’s release, Macon County has had three newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19. Therefore, the overall number is 223 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Macon County.

The CCT encourages all community members to implement social distancing and face covering best practices to limit the spread of COVID-19. People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms. If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 with which you are concerned, please call your primary care physician first. Do not show up at a hospital emergency room or doctor’s office unless it is a true emergency. Individuals without a primary care physician can call: • DMH Medical Group: (217) 876-2856 • HSHS Medical Group Patient Advocate: 844-520-8897 • Crossing Healthcare: (217) 877-9117 • SIU: (217) 872-3800 For COVID-19 screening, please call one of the following: • Crossing Healthcare: (217) 877-9117 • HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital 24/7 COVID-19 Hotline: (217) 464-2966 • HSHS Medical Group offers free virtual assessments for COVID-19 at www.anytimecare.com. Anyone entering healthcare facilities should be prepared to be screened before entering.

 

WATCH: Young Leaders In Action Give Aldi Gift Cards To Senior Citizens

WATCH: Young Leaders In Action Give Aldi Gift Cards To Senior Citizens

June 18, 2020 – Young Leaders In Action, a youth-led initiative of The Community Foundation of Macon County teamed up with Aldi yesterday to surprise senior citizen shoppers with $50 Gift Cards. Aldi holds vulnerable and high risk shopping hours for Senior Citizens on Tuesday and Thursday Mornings.  YLIA members from 12 local school districts were there to greet them to hand out the cards. The group raised $5000 for the effort and Aldi donated an additional $2500 for the effort. Watch the video now!

Unemployment Rate Falls To 15.2% in May

Unemployment Rate Falls To 15.2% in May

June 18, 2020 – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate fell -2.0 percentage points to 15.2 percent, while nonfarm payrolls added +62,200 jobs in May, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The April monthly change in payrolls was revised from the preliminary report from -762,200 to -738,600 jobs. The April unemployment rate was also revised from the preliminary report, from 16.4 percent to 17.2 percent, as a result of large monthly revisions to unemployed and employed in April.

The May payroll jobs estimate, and unemployment rate, reflects activity for the week including the 12th. The BLS has published FAQs for the May payroll jobs and the unemployment rate.

The state’s unemployment rate was +1.9 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for May, which was 13.3 percent, down -1.4 percentage points from the previous month. The Illinois unemployment rate was up +11.1 percentage points from a year ago when it was 4.1 percent.

The three-month average Illinois payroll employment estimate was down -245,800 jobs during the March to May three-month period, compared to the February to April three-month period. The largest average declines were found in Leisure and Hospitality (-95,700), Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-33,600) and Educational and Health Services (-30,000).

“As we continue to grapple with the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain committed to safely reopening the state to begin economic recovery,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes.  “We remain focused on providing working families and small businesses the tools necessary for recovery as we move through each phase of the Restore Illinois plan.”

“While unemployment is trending in the right direction, the Pritzker administration continues to take bold actions designed to support Illinois businesses and residents displaced by the unprecedented global health crisis,” said Michael Negron, Acting Director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.  “Our strategy to encourage social distancing and important investments in expanding testing and contact tracing will enable businesses to safely reopen, bringing staffing levels back up, returning Illinoisans to work, and giving our economy the reboot it needs.”

Compared to a year ago, nonfarm payroll employment decreased by -737,900 jobs, with losses across nearly all major industries. The industry groups with the largest jobs decreases were: Leisure and Hospitality (-285,200), Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-102,100) and Professional and Business Services (-96,100). Illinois nonfarm payrolls were down -12.1 percent over-the-year as compared to the nation’s -11.7 percent over-the-year decline in May.

The number of unemployed workers fell sharply from the prior month, a -9.1 percent decrease to 955,100 but was up +261.0 percent over the same month for the prior year. The labor force was up +2.7 percent over-the-month and down -2.5 percent over-the-year. The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and seeking employment. An individual who exhausts or is ineligible for benefits is still reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work.

LISTEN: Chuck Wexler, Executive Director of the Police Executive Research Forum

LISTEN: Chuck Wexler, Executive Director of the Police Executive Research Forum

June 15, 2020 -Chuck Wexler, Executive Director of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), joined Byers and Co to talk about the guiding principals for the use of force in law enforcement, essential training, developing a protocol for suicide-by-cop situations, learning from other countries, identifying and removing bad officers, and the ability to make a difference in the profession. Listen to the podcast now!

 

The #Hot25 with Bob Brady Auto Group

The #Hot25 with Bob Brady Auto Group

Summer looks a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t great things to see and do in Central Illinois SAFELY! NowDecatur and Bob Brady Auto Group bring you the HOT 25! Adventures and getaways you can enjoy all summer long! Make sure to check back each week as we feature a new video of the #HOT25!  It’s HOT Bob!