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COVID-19 CASES FOR WEDNESDAY 5/27

Kankakee County Public Health (Wednesday) announced an additional 28 new cases of coronavirus. It brings the total number of confirmed cases in the county 1,124. There are still 53 deaths, none reported Wednesday.
Iroquois County had 131 cases coming into Wednesday. There were no confirmed cases on Wednesday. Ford County also had no cases reported Wednesday; the case numbers holding at 21. McLean County recorded four new cases for a total of 216.

Health officials in Indiana are reporting 74 cases in Newton County with 10 deaths. Jasper County has 62 cases with one death. White County has 228 cases with 8 having died. Benton County has 25 confirmed cases and there’s 375 cases and 3 deaths in Tippecanoe County.

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Iroquois County crash kills passenger

A 2-vehicle accident in Iroquois County today (Wednesday) left one person dead. Sheriff’s Police report a passenger in a vehicle driven by Felipe Aranda was pronounced dead at Riverside Hospital. Aranda’s vehicle was westbound on 1900 N. Road when it was hit by a southbound vehicle operated by Christopher Benz of Onarga. Police report Benz was southbound on 500 E. Road when he failed to stop at a stop sign on 1900.

Benz was ticketed for Failure to Reduce Speed and Disregarding a Stop Sign.

Benz was taken by ambulance for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. No word of injury to Aranda. The victim in Aranda’s vehicle was not identified, pending notification of family. Gilman Fire and Riverside Ambulance also answered the call.

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Body of missing fisherman found in Grundy County

One of two missing fishermen swept away in the Kankakee River early this month was found yesterday (Tues) in the Illinois River in Grundy County. The body of 42-year-old William Veasley of Matteson was identified by Grundy County Coroner John Callahan. The discovery was made by employees at the Dresden Lock & Dam along the Illinois River.

Authorities report Veasley was one of two men fishing May 7 on the Kankakee River at the Washington Avenue Bridge when their boat capsized. Kankakee Fire and other river rescue teams spent days searching for the pair. The name of the other person has not been identified.

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Manteno Veterans Home reports death of 10 veterans

Manteno Veterans Home officials are reporting 10 veterans have died at the facility in Kankakee County …the deaths attributed to the COVID-19 virus. There are 69 others who have tested positive for the virus. Twenty-two of those are staff members.

There were six more COVID-19 fatalities to report in Kankakee County from the past weekend. County Public health officials the total deaths are now at 53. The weekend also brought 55 new cases. The total number of confirmed cases is now at 1,096.

Iroquois County Public Health is reporting 131 individuals with lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus. Tuesday’s report listed a male in his 50’s as the latest case.

Ford County Public Health reported no new confirmed case (Tuesday). There’s 21 confirmed cases and one death in Ford County.

An 11th resident of McLean County has died of the virus; two new cases added Tuesday. McLean County Public Health officials report 212 confirmed cases.

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Drowning victim found in Grundy County

Authorities recovered the body of one of two fishermen who fell into the Kankakee River on May 7 after their boat capsized. Police say a body was discovered in the water at 5 am Tuesday by employees at the Dresden Lock and Dam  on the Illinois River in Grundy County.  42-year-old William Veasley of Matteson was identified by Grundy County Coroner John Callahan. .

Veasley and another man, who has not been identified by authorities, were fishing near the Washington Avenue bridge in Kankakee May 7.  Witnesses said both men fell into the river after their boat capsized. Searchers combed the river for days following the incident.

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