Area News

How to make COVID-19 Face Masks Without Sewing

BY HERB MEEKER, Effingham County Public Information Officer   You don’t need a sewing machine or a seamstress in your house to make a homemade face covering to guard against the spread of Coronavirus Disease. If you have an old T-shirt or bandana then you can get started. If you must get out of your…

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Fayette County Up to Three Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

As of Monday, April 6, the Fayette County Health Department has confirmed three cases of COVID-19. 47 other persons had been tested, and three more tests are pending results. The Fayette County Health Department’s totals are gleaned from state-approved testing and known private laboratory results. Not all commercial laboratories share their results with the county.…

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Pritzker: ‘I’ve given up’ on Adequate Federal COVID-19 Response

BY JERRY NOWICKI, Capitol News Illinois   Gov. JB Pritzker said Sunday he is “given up” on an adequate coronavirus response from the federal government and announced an expansion of emergency child care during his daily COVID-19 briefing Sunday in Chicago. At the same briefing, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Illinois Department of Public Health director, announced…

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Essential Workers Eligible for State Child Care During Pandemic

BY BEN ORNER, Capitol News Illinois   Workers in Illinois whose jobs are deemed essential during the COVID-19 pandemic are now eligible for increased state child care services, Gov. JB Pritzker said Sunday. Because essential workers cannot always be home to care for their children, Pritzker announced the state has expanded its Child Care Assistance…

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Individual in Effingham County Tests Positive for COVID-19

(article updated Friday, April 3) An Effingham man is under home quarantine after testing positive for the Coronavirus Disease, Effingham County Health Department confirmed late Wednesday. The individual in his 40’s was reported to be doing well at his home in isolation. This is the first laboratory confirmed positive test of COVID-19 in Effingham County.…

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Effingham County Officials: Extend Caution on COVID-19 Throughout the County

BY HERB MEEKER, Effingham County Public Information Officer   As of Monday, March 30, no confirmed cases of COVID-19 had been reported in Effingham county. However, 5,057 people had tested positive for the virus in 52 Illinois counties, including Cumberland and Fayette counties that border Effingham county, based on figures released by the Illinois Department…

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Confirmed Case of COVID-19 Reported in Fayette County

The Fayette County Health Department is announcing the first positive case of COVID-19 in our County. Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. The Illinois Department of Public Health recommends everyone who is sick to stay at home and self-quarantine.   If you need to be seen, call your primary care physician and…

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