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4,015 new cases... Illinois reports highest one-day record of COVID-19 cases

Illinois public health officials on Thursday announced the highest number newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus in a single day since the pandemic began and the 53 additional deaths are the most in a single-day since late June.
Iroquois County now has 429 confirmed cases of coronavirus, five new cases reported Thursday. Ford County reported four new confirmed cases for a total of 230 cases. One new death was recorded in Kankakee County. Health officials say 75 have now died from the virus. Forty new cases were confirmed Thursday. The total caseload now stands at 3,076.

In Indiana -- Jasper County reported six new cases, Newton and White Counties each had one new case. Benton County had three new cases. The Indiana State Department of Health reported 1,962 new cases Thursday with 23 additional deaths.

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House fire in Watseka

An overloaded power strip is to blame for a house fire in Watseka (Thursday). An elderly male occupant was removed from the house by firefighters and treated for smoke inhalation at a hospital. The home at 904 N. Chicago was a total loss. The un-identified occupant was one of two people home at the time. Three residents live at the house, according to Watseka Fire Chief Tim Ketchum.

Watseka Fire answered the call just after 9 am. Crescent City and Milford Fire and Riverside Ambulance also responded.

The State Fire Marshall investigated determining the cause to be electrical.

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Former Sheriff Joe Mathy dies

Long-time Iroquois County Sheriff Joe Mathy of Chebanse has died. He passed away Wednesday evening at the Illinois Veteran's Home in Manteno.  He was 68.

Joe Mathy served four-terms as sheriff, having been first-appointed to fill a vacancy in the office in 1981. The Democrat left office after a 20-year stint.  He also served a term as President of the Illinois Sheriff's Association. Mathy then also worked as a Warden for the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanne, one son, Jason Mathy; his daughter, Jennifer McMullen, three sisters and 6 grandchildren.  The Knapp Funeral in Clifton is handling arrangements. Public Visitation is Monday (10/19 ) 3-7 pm.  A Private Funeral Service will be held.

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I-57 crash victims identified

Two people who died in an earky-morning crash in Iroquois County Tuesday are now identified as 26-year-old Aaron Reed of Onarga and 21-year-old Tazia Crite of Pembroke Township. Both were pronounced dead at the scene on I-57 at Loda.  Illinois State Police and the County Coroner investigated at 1 am.  Four other people, including an infant, were taken to hospitals.  The baby was listed as critical.  The other injuries were not life-threatening, according to police reports.

Reed and Crite were in separate cars.  Police said Reed's southbound car crossed over the median, hitting the northbound car Crite was a passenger in.  A semi then hit the second car, ejecting the passengers.

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4,015 new cases ... Illinois reports highest one-day record of COVID-19 cases

Illinois public health officials on Thursday announced the highest number newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus in a single day since the pandemic began and the 53 additional deaths are the most in a single-day since late June.

Iroquois County now has 429 confirmed cases of coronavirus, five new cases reported Thursday.  Ford County reported four new confirmed cases for a total of 230 cases.  One new death was recorded in Kankakee County.  Health officials say 75 have now died from the virus.  Forty new cases were confirmed Thursday.The total caseload now stands at 3,076.

In Indiana -- Jasper County reported six new cases,Newton and Whiye Counties each had one new csses.  Benton County had three new cases. 

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 1,962 new cases Thursday with 23 additional deaths.

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