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Hoopeston High School hosting COVID mobile testing

COVID-19 testing will be available in Vermilion County next week.  Hoopeston Area High School isone of three sites hosting an event. FREE testing is available 9a - 4p Saturday, October 3.

The Illinois Department of Public Health’s Mobile COVID-Testing Team will set up shop at three different locations, each day from 9 am ‘til 4 pm.
• Tuesday, September 29 at Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School
• Saturday, October 3 at Hoopeston Area High School
• Sunday, October 4 at Vermilion County Health Department
No appointment is necessary to be tested. Testing is open to anyone. There is no cost to get tested. Individuals will be notified of test results within 4-7 days.

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Early Voting Begins ...

Early voting begins Thursday. That’s also the day local election authorities will begin sending out mail-in ballots to those who made such a request. The deadline to request a mail in ballot is October 29. Many authorities have in-person voting at the elections offices up to election day. Some may also have weekend hours for early voting in-person.


Some former Illinoisans may have received a reminder to their new out-of-state address to request a mail in ballot from Illinois. Elections officials say if someone had previously requested a vote-by-mail ballot at an out-of-state address or if the local election authority for some other reason had an out-of-state address on file, the authority was required by law to send the reminder. The state elections board couldn’t immediately say how many of the 5.4 million mailings went out-of-state.

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COVID-19: Younger patients among new cases

Health officials are reporting much younger people are among the new cases in area counties. Meanwhile, COVID testing in Illinois is surpassing five-million. There's been 52,000 tests per day on average. And more counties are offering mobile testing.

Vermilion County Public Health is reporing 16 new cases in the last day.  The county also reported 52 new cases from Friday to Saturday.  Tuesday's numbers included one person in their 20's, three in their 30's and one in their 40's. The 52 cases from Friday to Saturday included 11 people in their 20's, three teenagers, two grade-school children and one infant.

Iroquois County reported one new case Tuesday, the total confirmed now at 351.  Kankakee County added 11 new cases fora total count of 2,689 since the pandemic began. Ford County's death count went up one Monday, now at five. Ford County has 131 cases. Livingston and McLean counties each added one new death in the last two days.

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Kankakee police investigate gunfire reports

Kankakee police were investigating reports of shots fired Tuesday afternoon. The report referred to two shots fired in the same block -- East River Street. Officers found damage to a residence in the first call during the Noon hour. The report also indicated a second report of shots fired, from a vehicle, at 5 pm.

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Red Cross blood donors have new opportunity to give

                      Donors needed this fall to maintain blood supply amid ongoing pandemic

Plasma from whole blood and platelet donations made through the American Red Cross that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Donors are encouraged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now to help ensure coronavirus patients and others who depend on transfusions have needed blood products this fall.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities ---

Iroquois County >

Cissna Park
10/7/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion, 124 South Second Street

9/30/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., The Garage Community Center, 140 N. Central St.

9/25/2020: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., The Arc of Iroquois County, 700 E Elm Street

Kankakee County >

9/24/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., The Annex, 1690 Newtowne Dr
10/1/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., The Annex, 1690 Newtowne Dr
10/8/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., The Annex, 1690 Newtowne Dr
10/15/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., The Annex, 1690 Newtowne Dr
10/22/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., The Annex, 1690 Newtowne Dr

9/26/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Morning Star Baptist Church, 525 N.Harrison
10/1/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Knights of Columbus Council 745, 187 S Indiana Ave.
10/16/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Riverside Medical Center, 350 N. Wall

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