St. Elmo Area News

Fayette County Records Second COVID-19 Related Death

At noon on Thursday, April 23, the Fayette County Health Department announced the county’s second death of COVID-19. The deceased was a woman in her 90’s and a resident of the same congregate facility as the county’s first COVID-19 death. FCHD offered their condolences to the deceased’s family in their Facebook announcement.

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Pritzker: Illinois’ ‘Curve is Bending the Right Way’; Local Figures Updated

BY REBECCA ANZEL, Capitol News Illinois   Gov. JB Pritzker said Monday state efforts to mitigate the novel coronavirus’ impact on Illinoisans, and residents’ efforts to “protect” their communities, are working. The numbers of new confirmed cases and COVID-19-related deaths continue to rise, but the governor said “our curve is bending the right way.” The…

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CAPITOL RECAP: State Struggles to Reach Daily Goal of Coronavirus Testing

By Capitol News Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said on Wednesday, April 8, that COVID-19 testing capabilities just reached the 6,000-daily threshold in Illinois, which is still short of the 10,000 target set by health officials. According to medical and scientific experts, he said, processing 10,000 tests per day will give officials the clearest picture of…

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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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