Headlines for Saturday, October 10th

Village of West Salem officials say the boil order that was in effect for all residents on North Union Street north of School Street, including those north of the Lancaster blacktop; all residents on Hillcrest Drive; and all residents on the Lancaster blacktop east of North Broadway Street, has been lifted. Customers in those areas no longer have to boil water to be used for human consumption, as water samples taken have passed inspection.

This week Wayne County Sheriff Mike Everett received donations totaling $10,000 dollars to be used by the department to help purchase new body armor vests and Tasers. Making the donations are Bryan & Barbara Williams, Fairfield VFW Post 4535 & Fairfield American Legion Post 176.

Today’s winning Fall Fun Fest Button numbers are 455 and 263. Winners will receive $100 in Chamber Bucks, sponsored by Fairfield Banking Company and Peoples National Bank. Winners can take their buttons to McDowell, Kenshalo & Jesop to claim their prize.

Wayne County Health Department has been notified of seven new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours in Wayne County residents: Male in his 30’s; 3-Females in their 50’s; Female in her 60’s; 2-Males in their 60’s. To date there have been 343 lab-confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Wayne County. Nine people who were positive lab-confirmed cases passed away. Six people are currently hospitalized. 59 people are currently isolating at home. 269 people have recovered.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,818 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 35 additional confirmed deaths. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 313,518 cases, including 8,945 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from October 2 – October 8 is 3.8%.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 71,599 specimens for a total of 6,177,379.  As of last night, 1,812 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 395 patients were in the ICU and 153 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has placed 26 counties at the warning level for coronavirus for the coming week.  Clinton and Fayette Counties are repeating while Effingham, Jefferson and Clay Counties rejoin the list.  Washington County is being removed from the last week. Clay County now has the highest positivity rate in the region at 13.4-percent. The lowest rates in the region are Washington County at 7.6-percent and Wayne at 2.9-percent. The new statewide positivity rate for the past seven days has jumped to 3.8-percent.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 4.08 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 4.84 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 3.89 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 0.65 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 3.23 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 2.51 feet.