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2nd death from COVID-19 in Kankakee County

A Bourbonnais resident is recorded as the second Kankakee County resident to die from the coronavirus disease.  The man in his 80's had previous underlying health conditions.  The Kankakee County Public Health Department reported the second death today (Thursday).  Earlier this morning,Kankakee County reported its first COVID-19 death, a woman in her 40's who also had earlier medical issues.

Iroquois County Public Health reported two new positive cases of coronavirus, two males in their 20's and 30's.  There's now four positive cases on record.

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Iroquois County confirms 4th COVID-19 case

The Iroquois County Public Health Department has confirmed 2 additional cases of novel coronavirus disease.  There's now four individuals being monitored, all males.  They include a man in his 50's, one in his 40's and the two new cases, a male in his 20's and one in his 30's.

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1st death from COVID-19 recorded in Kankakee County

The Kankakee County Public Health Department is reporting its first coronavirus-related death. A woman in her 40's, with earlier medical issues, has died from the virus complications.  The health department reported 57 positive cases of COVID-19 late Wednesday.  Public Health Department Administrator John Beavis admonishes people to pay attention and take this emergency pandemic seriously. "Too many people are doing things like they're on vacation; this is serious business," Beavis said. "Stay home means stay home, no socializing.  It's the only way we'll ever be able to get control of this," he said.

Illinois Public Health officials (Wednesday) reported nearly a thousand new cases of the virus, bringing the total number of positive cases to almost 7,000.  There were 42 deaths in Illinois yesterday from COVID-19-related causes.  Illinois' stay-at-home order runs through April 30.

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30 additional Illinois National Guardsmen activated for COVID-19 Response

Governor JB Pritzker activated an additional 30 Illinois National Guardsmen for COVID-19 Response Operations at Stateville Correctional Center. These additional Soldiers, from the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, headquartered in Urbana, will provide medical support at Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill.

This brings the total number of Illinois National Guard service members directly supporting the COVID-19 response to about 430.

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SBA offers economic help for small businesses

The economic woes of small Illinois businesses have mounted with COVID-19.  And area Chamber of Commerce offices have links on their websites to help.  The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers several programs to help struggling businesses cover payroll, debt relief, and counseling services. The state of Illinois also makes it known grants and low-interest loans available. 

Congressman Adam Kinzinger also refers constituents to the Federal Care Act for help.

The Watseka Area and Kankakee County Area Chamber of Commerce websites have links posted to help navigate the programs available.

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