Decatur Police Looking for Missing Woman

Decatur Police Looking for Missing Woman

November 30, 2020 – Decatur Police are asking for possible information about a missing Decatur woman.

41-year-old Norma Crutchfield was last seen on November 1st at 1176 E. Olive Street.  Crutchfield’s family reported her missing.

She is described as white with brown hair, green eyes, 115 pounds, and 5’7.  She also has the following tattoos:  a butterfly on her right ankle and right shoulder, a flower on her left shoulder, a heart on her right thigh, a star on her left foot, a rose and vine on her right thigh as well, a tattoo of an animal on her left thigh and her name on her neck.

 

Governor Says No Plans To Ease Mitigation in Coming Weeks.

Governor Says No Plans To Ease Mitigation in Coming Weeks.

November 30, 2020 – Governor JB Pritzker says current COVID-19 restrictions will remain in place for the coming weeks in anticipation of a possible post-Thanksgiving surge.

The number of new cases has been declining in some areas of the state for the last few days, but that trend may not hold.  Pritzker says even if an area meets the metrics to ease up on mitigations, that won’t be allowed for a while.

The Governor says he has spoken to several experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauchi who agree. He notes another concern is that a surge of new case will further overwhelm crowded Illinois hospitals.

City of Decatur Asks Customers to Conserve Water

City of Decatur Asks Customers to Conserve Water

November 30, 2020 – The City of Decatur is asking water customers to reduce their water use due to drought conditions in Lake Decatur.

Decatur and Central Illinois have received below-average rainfall since mid-August. This is causing water levels in Lake Decatur to be 1.3 feet below the normal winter level.  According to the City of Decatur, the water level is declining at a rate of .29 inches per day and will continue to drop until our area sees significant precipitation. Unfortunately, that isn’t expected to happen anytime soon.  According to the National Weather Service, below-average precipitation is expected for Central Illinois through at least Christmas day.  The lake is still 69% full due to its increased depth from the recently completed Basins 1 through 4 dredging projects, so this is a precautionary measure by the City in case drought continues for an extended period of time.

Lake Decatur, the primary source of water for the City of Decatur and the Village of Mt. Zion.  The city is requesting residential customers conserve when possible until further notice.

In addition, the 24 largest water customers, such as major employers such as ADM and Tate & Lyle, have been asked for their assistance in conservation as well.

Residential customers are asked to consider these conservation tips:

  •  Repair leaking faucets, toilets and water pipes.
  • Install water-efficient toilets and showerheads.
  • Operate washing machines and dishwashers only when full.
  • Take short showers instead of baths.
  • Don’t let water continue to run while washing hands, shaving or brushing teeth.
MCHD Urges Residents To Answer Contact Tracing Calls

MCHD Urges Residents To Answer Contact Tracing Calls

November 30, 2020 – The Health Department is urging you to answer your phone when a contract tracer is attempting to reach you.

In an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Macon County Health Department is continuing to conduct thorough case investigations regarding positive cases of COVID-19. While the MCHD is currently operating from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays, case investigation and contact tracing calls are being conducted outside of these hours due to the high volume of positive cases and close contacts.

Phone calls may be made as late as 8:30 p.m. by MCHD staff.  Since most people have a tendency to not answer unknown calls, the Health Department is offering a guide to know when a contact tracer may be calling.

MCHD contact tracers will identify themselves and will call using many different lines and methods.

One of those numbers is 312-777-1999. The Caller ID for this number will read IL COVID HELP.

Another number, 217-423-6988, is the main number for the Macon County Health Department.

Staff may also call with a 217 number using Microsoft Teams or occasionally from a private or blocked due to using a personal number.

The Macon County Health Department says if you feel uncomfortable or unsure you are speaking to a member of it’s staff, to contact them at , 217-423-6988 or by emailing livewell@maconchd.org.

The Macon County Health Department reminds you that if you know you have been exposed to COVID-19, do not wait for a contact tracer to call before starting your isolation or quarantine.

IDPH Announces 6,190 Cases of COVID-19; 85 Additional Deaths

IDPH Announces 6,190 Cases of COVID-19; 85 Additional Deaths

November 30, 2020 – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 6,190 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 85 additional deaths.

– Cook County: 1 female 30s, 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 5 females 60s, 6 males 60s, 12 females 70s, 11 males 70s, 10 females 80s, 13 males 80s, 3 females 90s, 2 males 90s
– DeKalb County: 1 male 60s
– DuPage County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s
– Kane County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s
– Lake County: 1 male 70s
– LaSalle County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 90s
– Madison County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 90s
– Mason County: 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
– McDonough County: 1 male 60s
– Monroe County: 1 female 80s
– Ogle County: 1 female 90s
– Peoria County: 1 female 50s
– Tazewell County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s
– Will County: 2 females 90s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 726,304 cases, including 12,278 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 66,980 specimens for a total 10,497,998.  As of last night, 5,849 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 1,217 patients were in the ICU and 715 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 23 – November 29, 2020 is 10.2%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 23 – November 29, 2020 is 12.2%.

*All data are provisional and will change. In order to rapidly report COVID-19 information to the public, data are being reported in real-time. Information is constantly being entered into an electronic system and the number of cases and deaths can change as additional information is gathered.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

New COVID Drive-Thru Testing Site To Open Tuesday

New COVID Drive-Thru Testing Site To Open Tuesday

November 30, 2020 – – Crossing Healthcare will begin operating a new drive-thru COVID-19 clinic to help better serve the community.  The new site will allow for better traffic flow as well as protect healthcare workers from the winter elements.

The drive-thru clinic will be located on the northwest end of the Crossing Healthcare campus at 990 N. Water Street and will begin operation tomorrow.

COVID-19 testing will be available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until noon (subject to change). Testing is offered at no cost to patients, however, patients are asked to provide their health insurance information. If insured, Crossing will bill insurance for the test, but patients will not receive a bill due to free COVID-19 testing under the CARES act.

To lessen wait times, patients are encouraged to register online for an appointment timeframe. Appointments can be scheduled by CLICKING HERE. Appointment times are approximate and Crossing says every effort will be made to complete testing within 30 minutes of arrival.

Once a vaccine is available, the drive-thru clinic will be utilized to administer vaccines to the community.