Headlines for Sunday, September 13th

The Wayne County Health Department reported 39 new positive cases of the coronavirus Saturday, the most cases reported in a single day since the pandemic began.  Saturday’s cases include five female teens, 18 male teens, a female in her 20s, ten males in their 20s, a male in his 30s, a female in her 40s, a male in his 40s, a male in his 50s and a male in his 60s.  Saturday’s cases brings to 212 the total number of lab-confirmed positive cases in the county since the pandemic began.  The health department has also reported a total of four deaths from the virus.  Seven people are currently hospitalized, 88 people are isolating at home, and 113 people have recovered.  The health department also said the county still has several probable cases that are in the process of contact tracing.

An official with the Wayne County Health Department tells the radio station that about 30 of the 39 new COVID-19 cases reported in the county Saturday are linked to the Frontier Community College baseball team. Wayne County Health Administrator Clark Griffith said 62 people within the program were tested Friday with the results coming in Saturday evening. Over 50-percent of those baseball players tested were positives. The Wayne County Health Department says it is working with the community college and local hospitals to keep the healthy members of the program separated from those who have tested positive.FCC President Jay Edgren says the outbreak is contained to student athletes living in off-campus housing.

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Saturday reported 1121 new cases of the coronavirus and 22 additional deaths.  The statewide totals are at 259,909 cases and 8295 deaths, according to information on the IDPH’s website.

Two teenagers were hurt early Saturday morning in a one vehicle accident in Saline County.  State Police say a 17-year-old Galatia, IL teen was driving a 2009 Ford F250 northbound on Mt. Moriah Road about a half mile north of Land Road and missed a curve in the roadway, causing the vehicle to run off the roadway and overturn in a ditch.  The driver was charged with DUI, illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.  The driver and a 17-year-old Marion, IL teen were taken to an area hospital following the 12:35 a.m. accident.

Frontier Community College announced late last week that it will not open its facilities to the public as had been scheduled on Monday, due to rising COVID numbers.  A new reopening date has not been announced.  The college said in a statement that the community education courses will continue as planned.

Area river stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash River east of Fairfield stands at 6.52 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the river is at 4.28 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the river is at 3.46 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is at 4.95 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 2.93 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.  Dry weather is expected in the area until midweek, when the next chance of rain is in the forecast.  Here at the studios of WFIW/WOKZ we measured nine hundreths of an inch of rain Saturday night.