Headlines for Saturday, August 1st

Several new cases of the coronavirus were reported in the area on Friday.  The Wayne County Health Department was notified Friday of four additional positive cases, a male in his teens, a female in her 50s, a male in his 70s and a male in his 60s, bringing the county’s total to 43 positive cases.  The Clay County Health Department on Friday reported two new cases, a male in his 70s and a female in her 60s, bringing Clay County’s total to 14.  The Hamilton County Health Department was notified Friday of five additional positive cases of the coronavirus, a male child, a female in her 20s, a female in her 60s, a female in her 70s and a female in her 80s, bringing the county’s total to 24.  Also Friday, the Egyptian Health Department was notified of 11 new cases in Saline County bringing their total to 103, and another case in Gallatin County, bringing its total number of positive cases to 44.  White County has a total of 57 cases since the pandemic began.

The Illinois Department of Public Health Friday reported 1941 new cases of the coronavirus and 21 additional deaths.  The IDPH is reporting a total of 178,837 cases in the state and 7495 deaths.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivty for cases as a percent of total test from July 24th to 30th is 3.9 percent.  As of Thursday night, 1369 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 346 patients were in the ICU and 148 were on ventilators.

The Illinois Department of Public Health Friday said 11 counties in Illinois are considered to be at a warning level for COVID-19.  Among the counties are White, Saline and Gallatin counties.  Other counties include Cass, Jackson, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Perry, Randolph, Sangamon and St. Clair.  The counties have seen outbreaks associated with business operations and activities that pose a higher risk for disease spread, including school graduation ceremonies, a rise in cases among late teens and 20s, parties and social gatherings.

Reports say a Xenia woman escaped injury Thursday when a vehicle plowed through the Dollar Tree store in Salem, IL and pinned her behind the greeting card racks she was standing by.  Salem Police said 77-year-old Edward Kincaid of Salem was parking in the store’s shopping center and accidentally hit the accelerator of his vehicle, causing it to jump the sidewalk and crash through the window, and continue into the store and push the greeting card rack.  The woman was not identified, but neither her or Kincaid were seriously hurt.

Published reports say a man was arrested earlier this week after two people were shot in Mt. Vernon, IL.  44-year-old Alvin C. Smallwood was charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, armed violence and possession of a firearm by a felon.  Mt. Vernon police say they received a call Wednesday afternoon of gunshots fired and a person on the ground in the 2800 block of College.  When they arrived, they reported finding two people had been hit by gunfire and taken from the scene.  Both were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, the report said.  During an investigation police arrested Smallwood and got a search warrant for his home.  Inside the home, they reported finding a gun and additional evidence in the case.  Smallwood was taken to the Jefferson County Justice Center following his arrest.

Area river stages this morning:  Little Wabash River east of Fairfield is at 23.39 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the stage is 18.42 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the stage is 20.34 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is at 6.81 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 10.42 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.