The Illinois Department of Public Health Announces 1,298 New Cases; 10 Additional Deaths

The Illinois Department of Public Health Announces 1,298 New Cases; 10 Additional Deaths

August 3, 2020 –   The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,298 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 10 additional confirmed deaths.

– Adams County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s
– Cook County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 50s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 90s
– LaSalle County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
– Peoria County: 1 female 70s
– Winnebago County: 1 male 80s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 183,241 cases, including 7,526 deaths, in 102 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 28,475 specimens for a total of 2,806,797.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from July 27 –August 2 is 4.0%  As of last night, 1,418 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 347 patients were in the ICU and 132 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

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.  IDPH will update these data once a week.

LISTEN: Summer of Service with Karla Miller and Janese Sherrod

LISTEN: Summer of Service with Karla Miller and Janese Sherrod

August 3, 2020 – Karla Miller of Hickory Point Bank joined Byers and Co to talk about how they are adapting through technology and being hopeful for the future because of the amazing projects being created by young people of the community. Janese Sherrod talks about Black Girl Magic, a project where she and her friends have partnered with local organizations to distribute 250 cards to people fighting COVID-19 and cancer.

LISTEN: Kevin Breheny

LISTEN: Kevin Breheny

August 3, 2020 – Kevin Breheny joined Byers and Co to talk about the Decatur Celebration, the St. Louis Cardinals’ COVID-19 struggle, and gives a preview of Soy City Buzz on First Mid Monday.  Listen to the podcast now.

No Tailgating This Fall at U of I

No Tailgating This Fall at U of I

August 3, 2020 – The University of Illinois is doing everything it can this year to give fans the football season they look forward to every fall despite a tailgating ban.

Kent Brown, the assistant athletics director for the University of Illinois, said tailgate parties have always been part of the Big Ten football experience. A lot of fans who don’t have tickets to get inside the stadium come for the all day parties in the parking lots. Even for night games, cars and trucks with fans are lined up by 7 a.m., looking for spaces to set up tents and grills and platforms for live bands.

The University of Illinois was working on COVID-19 safety plans for scaled-down tailgating when Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced his Phase Four COVID-19 rules, which include a ban on tailgating at outdoor sporting events this fall.

The problem is the crowds, Brown said. One tailgate party at Memorial Stadium can attract 150 or even 200 people. Beer and the party atmosphere undermines mask-wearing and social distancing. Brown’s disappointment with the tailgating ban is evident. The main thing, he said, is to do everything possible to make sure that there is a football season this year.

“We certainly hope to have the games and we are preparing for them, but we know that could change at a moment’s notice,” Brown said.

With no tailgating this year, parking lots at Memorial Stadium will open two-and-a-half hours before game time. Gates to the stadium will open two hours before kickoff. Instead of 60,000 fans in the stadium, there will be 10,000 to 12,000 people in the stands. Fans will be encouraged to go inside early in order to prevent crowding at the gates.

Seating inside will be spaced out to every third row. Season ticket holders will not be assigned to their accustomed seats. Masks will be required. Seating groups will be distanced from each other in each row. Cleaners will be at work before, during, and after the games.

African American Cultural and Genealogical Society Purchases Permanent Home

African American Cultural and Genealogical Society Purchases Permanent Home

August 2, 2020 – The African American Cultural and Genealogical Society now have a permanent home after purchasing the building in which it currently resides. 

The museum, located at 235 west Eldorado, was able to purchase the building with the help of the Central United Methodist Church.  

The African-American Cultural & Genealogical Society was organized on August 31, 1993, starting with 25 members from Decatur and Central Illinois. 

The Museum is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm and the First and Third Saturday from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Call (217) 429-7458 for more information. 

WATCH :Hot 25- Backpack Attack at the YMCA

WATCH :Hot 25- Backpack Attack at the YMCA

August 2, 2020 – The NowDecatur crew head to the Backpack Attack at the Decatur Family YMCA for this week’s Hot25! The Decatur Family YMCA gave out 2000 backpacks to students in our community as part of it’s annual backpack attack. The backpacks, which were supplied with the tools for students in two grade groups starting at K-3, were distributed by a drive through Saturday from 9am to 1pm. Watch the video now! Driven by the Bob Brady Auto Group and Presented by Neuhoff Media.

WATCH: Speak Up Speak Out  – Episode 7

WATCH: Speak Up Speak Out – Episode 7

August 1, 2020 – It’s the 7th episode of Speak Up/ Speak Out,  a weekly online forum to discuss issues facing OUR community and working towards enacting real change. This week, host Terrence TAT Taylor,  talk about the Jerry J. Dawson Civic Leadership Institute as well as efforts to enhance the relationship with law enforcement and minority youth.

This week’s guests are Dr. Juanita Morris, the Program Coordinator for JJDCLI, Sheriff Tony Brown, and Decatur Police Chief Jim Getz.

Watch the video now.