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7th LaSalle County COVID-19 case announced

OTTAWA – The 7th COVID-19 case in LaSalle County was announced Saturday.  The man in his 40’s is in isolation at an area hospital.   Federal privacy laws prevent the release of any other details about his

Utica Fire Protection District issues burn ban

UTICA – The Utica Fire Chief has issued a burning ban for the Utica Community Fire Protection District territory, effective until further notice. Burning includes but is not limited to burning of landscape waste, agricultural waste, household

OSF St. Paul Medical Center prepped for surge

MENDOTA – OSF St. Paul Medical Center officials say the hospital is prepared in the event of a surge of COVID-19 in the community. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Leonardo Lopez says the hospital has adequate personal protective

Third confirmed COVID-19 case in Bureau County

PRINCETON – A third resident of Bureau County has tested positive for coronavirus disease. The individual was screened and tested by an area hospital.   The individual is a 77-year-old male who is currently being hospitalized. Public health

715 new COVID-19 cases, 16 fatalities

  SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 715 new cases of COVID-19 including 16 additional deaths. This brings the total number of cases to 7,695  and 157 deaths. Illinois Department of Public Health Director

Grundy County confirms 5th case of COVID-19

MORRIS – The Grundy County Health Department announced a 5th case of coronavirus in Grundy County. The resident is a male in his 50s. Public Health officials say federal privacy laws prohibit the release of any additional

986 new COVID-19 cases, 42 fatalities

  SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 986 new cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois including 42 additional deaths on Wednesday. The most recent deaths include: – Carroll County: 1 male 80s – Cook County: 1

Second Bureau County case announced

PRINCETON- A second resident of Bureau County has tested positive for COVID-19.  The 48-year-old woman was tested by an area hospital.  She is recovering at home in isolation.   Public health officials are in the beginning stages

Milk options expanded for WIC

SPRINGFIELD – An adjustment to WIC rules will allow for more options for those enrolled in the program when they shop for milk at retailers. The USDA Food & Nutrition Service has approved some substitutions for participants

OSF HealthCare limiting and screening visitors

OTTAWA –  OSF HealthCare facilities in Mendota, Ottawa, and Streator will implement a strict no visitor policy effective March 31, 2020, with a few exceptions: One visitor will be allowed if deemed necessary for the provision of

5th case of COVID-19 in LaSalle County

OTTAWA -LaSalle County Health Department has confirmed an additional COVID-19 case in LaSalle County. The case is a male in his 60’s. The individual was hospitalized, but is now home in isolation. Federal privacy restrictions prohibit the

Fire at St Margaret’s Hospital Monday

SPRING VALLEY – A fire reportedly in the living center area of St. Margaret’s Hospital on Monday had many area departments called to Spring Valley.   Around 9:45 AM the Spring Valley Fire Department evacuated all three floors