Headlines for Sunday, July 19th

The Wayne County Health Department reported three new cases of the coronavrius Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 25.  Saturday’s cases included a female child, a male child and a female in her 60s.  Since the pandemic began in Wayne County, one person has passed away, 14 people have recovered, ten are isolating at home and none are currently hospitalized, according to the health department.  The Illinois Department of Public Health as of Saturday reported a total of 160,610 cases of the coronavirus statewide, along with 7290 deaths.

The Lawrence County Health Department and administration officials with the Lawrence County School District are investigating an outbreak of the coronavirus in the school’s athletic department at the high school.  The health department said various athletic teams were affected, but did not release any further details.  The health department said they would be contacting those exposed.  It was not known how many people may have been involved in the outbreak.

A one vehicle accident in White County early Saturday morning sent a total of six people to the hospital with injuries.  State police at the District 19 post at Carmi say 28-year-old Alberto Ruiz of Henderson, KY was eastbound on I-64 near mile marker 128 and for unknown reasons left the roadway, causing the vehicle he was driving to hit a guardrail in the median.  Five passengers were all cited for seat belt violations, and Ruiz was ticketed for driving suspended, no insurance, illegal transportation of alcohol, improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and not wearing a seat belt.

34-year-old Brandon Marvel of Galatia, IL died late Friday night in an accident in Saline County.  State police said Marvel was southbound on Rose of Sharon Road just north of Halltown Road and lost control of the motorcycle he was operating, causing it to overturn on the roadway.  Marvel was not wearing a helmet.  The accident was reported at 11:05 p.m.

Chris Miller with the National Weather Service in Lincoln, IL says the rest of the summer season should be hot and humid, and that the weather could last well into September.  He said the forecast models show the upcoming fall season projects above-normal temperatures and a trend towards drier weather.  Depending on the track, he noted that the remnants of tropical systems could make their way into the area, especially during August and September, during what is typically the peak of the tropical activity in the Gulf of Mexico.

Target and CVS are the latest retailers that will be requiring customers to wear a mask when entering their stores.  Reports say CVS will require mask usage starting Monday, while Target will require them beginning August 1st.  Other major retailers making the move include Kroger, WalMart, Starbucks and Sams Club.  The report also said WalMart would be asking customers to use a card or exact change when paying for purchases to help with what is being called a coin shortage.

Area river stages this morning:  Little Wabash River east of Fairfield is at 21.38 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the river is at 12.85 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the river is at 17.59 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is at 7.83 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 4.29 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.  Rain chances are in the forecast each day this week.