Snow and freezing rain is in today's (Monday) forecast, snow and sleet accumulation of less than one-inch is possible. Driving may be tricky and changing road conditions will limit visibility. High near 32. The freezing drizzile witn a snow mix is likely overnight into Tuesday morning. Area north of I-80 to the Wisconisn line is expected to see 4-8 inches of wet, heavy snowfall.
A category of Illinoisans totaling more than 3.2 million are eligible to get inline for the COVID-19 vaccine. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said starting today (Monday), and as supplies allow, all residents over the age of 65 and frontline essential workers can get the vaccine. Those wanting a dose must schedule an appointment with a local health provider that’s received vaccine supply.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS --
High school basketball can begin, but only for regions that are in Phase 4 of the governor’s COVID-19 management plan. After months of no contact sports allowed because of COVID-19, the Pritzker administration Friday said where the metrics they’ve laid out allow, intra-conference, region or league level play will be allowed. Local school boards must also approve.
WEEKEND CASES/DEATHS --
Nearly 33-hundred new coronavirus cases have been reported in Illinois. Health officials say there were 40 additional deaths Sunday. In Indiana, the state department of health reported 2,565 new confirmed cases Sunday with 23 more deaths.
High school athletes in several counties, including Iroquois, Ford, Vermilion and Champaign, could soon be able to compete in basketball and football based on new guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said Friday that as long as a region stays in Phase 4 of the state’s COVID-19 protocols, then high-risk sports would be allowed to practice and play.
Teams in high-risk sports would only be allowed to play games with teams from the same region or conference. Iroquois County is in Region 6, along with Ford, Champaign and Vermilion counties.
Low-risk sports, including baseball, softball, outdoor soccer and track and field, will be allowed to have unrestricted travel in terms of opponents, along with tournaments. Medium-risk sports such as volleyball will be allowed to play regionally or in-conference, the same as high-risk sports.
Areas of Region 6 of the Illinois COVID-19 mitigation map have advanced out of Tier 1 into the less restrictive Phase 4. Iroquois, Ford, Champaign and Vermilion counties are part of Region 6.
The Illinois Department of Public Health made the change after Region 6 recorded a low positivity rate for three consecutive days as well as an ICU bed capacity of 20 percent or more and no increase in hospital admissions for COVID-19 in seven out of the previous 10 days. Central Illinois advanced to Tier 1 earlier this week.
Gatherings of up to 50 people or 50 percent of room capacity will now be allowed. All outdoor recreation is allowed along with some indoor recreational activities. Museums, theaters and bowling alleys can also reopen. Indoor dining is also being expanded, with tables spaced six feet apart and parties having no more than 10 people.
Region 6 is one of three regions in the state that have been moved ahead to Phase 4, with the others being Region 3 (western Illinois) and Region 5 (southern Illinois).
Dr. Ngozi Ezike of the IDPH reminds the public “we’re trending in the right direction, so let’s not let our guard down. Stay the course and follow the guidelines.”
South Evergreen Avenue in Kankakee is the latest area where gunfire was reported in the city. This incident Wednesday night, in the 300-block. Police said witnesses informed them the shots came from a drive-by vehicle, a blue-colored sedan. A parked vehicle was hit by the gunfire. No one else injured.
Kankakee Police also reported the arrest of a man after a report of a suspicious person in a parking lot in the 16-hundred block of E. Court Street. 34-year-old Dominic Johnson of Kankakee was arrested. Police said a search of the vehicle revealed a handgun reported stolen out of Missouri.
Community leaders seeks answers –
Some four-dozen plus citizens and community leaders gathered for a press conference (Wednesday) voicing concern about the violence in the city. Several spoke about their fears about even children being shot.
Aldermen, police officers and neighbors are demanding some accountability. They want to get to the root of the problem and hold people accountable for their ill-actions. Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong said this has to be a united effort by the entire community.