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Ford County: 11 new COVID cases, 2 more deaths

The Ford County Public Health Department announced (Monday) 11 new cases of COVID-19. Six of these cases are associated with the outbreak at Piper City Rehab & Living Center. Sadly, it was also announced two additional COVID-19 related deaths. The individuals included a male and a female, both in their 80’s. The county now lists 14 COVID deaths.

21 New COVID Cases in Vermilion County ---

The Vermilion County Health Department confirms 21 new COVID-19 cases on Monday. Among the positive cases were one infant, one preschooler, three grade-school aged children, and a teenager. There were also two people in their 20’s and four in their 30’s. The total number of cases in Vermilion Count is at 1,507.

Iroquois County adds 7 cases Tuesday, 15 cases confirmed Monday --

                     Schools adjust to surging numbers --

School districts have made adjustments to the growing number of positive cases.  Herscher School District 2 has now closed for two weeks at the recommendation of the Kankakee County Public Health Department.  Reports had 95 students in isolation after testing positive. The GCMS district at Gibson City also moved to all-remote learning for two weeks.  Rantoul elementary also has all-remote in place.  South Newton Corporation in Indiana closed all schools until at least November 3. 

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ISP reports no citations over the weekend for COVID-19 violations

Despite threats from Gov. J.B. Pritzker that Illinois State Police would be deployed to enforce his COVID-19 orders, there weren’t any citations issued over the weekend. A spokesperson for the Illinois State Police said it continues to work with local health and law enforcement officials when requested and there were no citations referencing COVID-19 over the weekend. Several restaurants, including Kankakee businesses, defied the Governor's Order and remained open for business.

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Drug Take-Back Day nets record amount

The Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (KAMEG), the Pledge for Life Partnership, and Riverside Healthcare partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at the Northfield Square Mall. KAMEG Director Chris Koerner reported that the event was an overwhelming success with approximately 1,125 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs turned in for safe disposal in Kankakee County alone. This amount surpassed the old record.

Expired drugs were also collected at the Iroquois County Jail Saturday. Several police agencies and public health departments also accept the meds all year round.

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Speciality Crops

Nearly $600,000 from the federal government is being released for specialty crops. The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced producer groups, trade associations, nonprofits and higher education institutions can apply for the funds from the USDA. The funds will be split among ten projects meant to increase the availability of fresh, locally grown produce and specialty crops.

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SaveByron.com focuses on battle to save facilities

Exelon officials announced plans earlier this year to shutter facilities in Byron and Dresden in late 2021, but left the door open to reverse its decision. State Rep. Tom Demmer said Illinois shouldn’t underestimate the importance of a facility that provides power for two million Illinois homes. Demmer helped launch the website SaveByron.com as a gathering point for supporters.  IRN

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