The Illinois Department of Public Health Announces 1,834 New Cases; 24 Additional Deaths

The Illinois Department of Public Health Announces 1,834 New Cases; 24 Additional Deaths

August 13, 2020 – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,834 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 24 additional confirmed death.

– Adams County: 1 female 100+
– Cook County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s, 2 males 80s
– DuPage County: 1 female 90s
– Lake County: 1 female 90s
– LaSalle County: 1 female 80s, 2 female 90s
– Madison County: 1 female 60s
– Peoria County: 1 female 40s
– Shelby County: 1 female 80s
– Tazewell County: 1 male 80s
– Washington County: 1 male 80s
– Will County: 1 male 80s
– Winnebago County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 200,427 cases, including 7,696 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 46,006 specimens for a total of 3,235,807.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from August 6 – August 12 is 4.0%.  As of last night, 1,628 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 383 patients were in the ICU and 127 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

State Awards First Round of Business Interruption Grants

State Awards First Round of Business Interruption Grants

August 12, 2020 – The State is awarding the first round of business interruption grants.

46 Million dollars in “BIG” grants have been released to more than 2,600 businesses, including salons, gyms and restaurants says Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Acting Director Michael Negron.

The grants range from $10,000 to $20,000 and can be used for things like payroll, utilities, equipment and PPE for employees.  Negron says they expect to award more grants in subsequent rounds.  Visit DCEO.Illinois.gov for more info.

 

Kroger Helps Educators, Parents with Extra Credit Wednesdays

Kroger Helps Educators, Parents with Extra Credit Wednesdays

Kroger has announced its first Teachers and Honorary Teachers savings event for this fall.  Through September 9th, 2020, school administrators, teachers, and parents who shop at Kroger on Wednesdays will save an extra 10% on the store’s general merchandise.  The savings event includes school supplies, games, sporting goods, games, housewares, craft supplies, apparel, and electronics.  In order to receive the Teachers and Honorary Teachers discount, customers shopping in-store or using Kroger Pickup need to use their shopper’s card on any Wednesday through the promotion and then request the discount while at the checkout.

If you would like more information regarding the discount, go to kroger.com

 

 

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.

CAT Reports 2Q Earnings

CAT Reports 2Q Earnings

August 2, 2020- Caterpillar Inc. reported second-quarter earnings of $458 million. 

On a per-share basis, the Illinois-based company said it had net income of 84 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to $1.03 per share. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 66 cents per share. The construction equipment company posted revenue of $10 billion in the period, also exceeding Street forecasts. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $9.2 billion. 

Caterpillar shares have fallen slightly more than 7% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has stayed nearly flat. The stock has climbed almost 3% in the last 12 months.

Jumpstart Back To School Event Cancelled Due to COVID Concerns

Jumpstart Back To School Event Cancelled Due to COVID Concerns

sJuly 29, 2020 – An event for back to school exams and immunization was canceled Saturday due to concerns over the increase in local COVID cases.

According to a statement, The Macon County Health Department, Crossing Healthcare, and First Christian Church have made the difficult decision to cancel the Jumpstart Back to School Clinic.

“This decision was made due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Macon County and the imperative need to implement all precautionary measures possible to protect the families we serve and our healthcare staff.”

Parents/guardians are encouraged to contact the Macon County Health Department at (217) 423-6988 to schedule required vaccinations or Crossing Healthcare at (217) 877-9117 to schedule schools physicals and/or vaccinations.

“We appreciate the community’s understanding and we will work diligently with local families to ensure the students will receive high quality school physicals and healthcare in a timely and appropriate manner.”