Effective today (Friday 3/25), Iroquois Memorial Hospital is implementing visitor restrictions to the hospital due to the increase of influenza activity. These restrictions do not apply to the Iroquois Resident Home at this time.
Visitor restrictions include: • No visitor under18-years-old is allowed to visit any unit. • A maximum of two individuals 18 years of age and older are able to visit at any one time. • Visitors with symptoms of upper respiratory infection should refrain from visiting. If visits must occur for a patient's well-being, visitors with symptoms will be required to wear a mask. • Patients who are in isolation for flu treatment will be limited to receiving only those visitors who are essential for their emotional well-being and care.
"Iroquois Memorial Hospital and the IMH Satellite Clinics have seen an increase in influenza-like-illness recently we feel it was important to restrict visitors for the well-being of our patients," said Leslie Cottrell, RN MSN, IMH Nurse Lead.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends contacting your doctor before going to an emergency department if you are experiencing flu symptoms.
Mahomet-Seymour student dies of apparent natural causes
A multi-sport athlete at Mahomet-Seymour high school has died of apparent natural causes. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday to look into the death of 18-year-old Matthew Prather.
Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said the young man was found dead in bed by his father at around 7 pm Thursday. Northrup said Prather has had at least one medical issue in the past, but he said he is not sure if that is related in any way to the teen's death. Northrup said there is nothing suspicious about Prather's death at this time.
A Gibson City man who had his second degree murder conviction overturned now has a re-sentencing date of April 21.
36-year-old old Ryan Nibbe was sentenced in 2014 to 17 years in prison in the death of Timothy Robertson. An appeal found the appellate court agreeing that the evidence shows that Nibbe acted in self-defense.
Nibbe will be resentenced on an aggravated battery charge, with a sentence ranging from probation to 10 years in prison.
The case involved a 2013 fight in Gibson City. Prosecutors said Nibbe punched Robertson. Robertson fell and hit his head on the pavement and died from his injuries eight days later.
Facebook comment stirs lawsuit in Livingston County
Livingston County Sheriff Tony Childress has filed a lawsuit over Facebook comments related to a pending heroin case.
The lawsuit accuses Philip Uphoff, the brother of Livingston County State's Attorney Seth Uphoff, of defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The social media posting criticized comments made by Childress following the arrest of a Flanagan couple on drug charges. The sheriff said more than 50 baggies containing an undetermined amount of heroin were found by police at the home of James and Beth Blankenbeckler.
The Bloomington Pantagraph reports drug possession charges filed by Seth Uphoff raised questions from residents about the seriousness of the drug raid. The sheriff responded that he believed evidence collected at the scene pointed to intent to sell illegal drugs, warranting more serious charges.
In public remarks after the arrests, the sheriff and prosecutor have stood by their characterizations of the charges.
In his lawsuit filed earlier this month, the sheriff takes exception to Philip Uphoff's Facebook posting that the sheriff "purposely misled all of the citizens in order to smear the name of our State's Attorney Seth Uphoff."
The comment continued with an accusation by Philip Uphofff that the sheriff required deputies to actively campaign for Randy Yedinak, Seth Uphoff's opponent in the March 15 Republican primary election. Yedinak defeated Uphoff in his bid for a second term.
Childress denies the allegations, calling the remarks "libelous, slanderous and false statements."
Philip Uphoff has not filed a response to the lawsuit.