Headlines for November 14th

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has reported 15,415 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 27 additional deaths. Including Saline County: 1 female 70s; – Williamson County: 1 male 70s. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 551,957 cases, including 10,504 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 106,540 specimens for a total 8,871,640.  As of last night, 5,362 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 990 patients were in the ICU and 488 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 6 – November 12 is 13.2%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 6, 2020 – November 12, 2020 is 14.5%.

WFIW News has reached out to Fairfield Memorial Hospital CEO Dr. Katherine Bunting Williams about the surge of COVID cases and if there are capacity issues at the local facility. She responded saying, “The hospital is very busy, but they do have a few beds open at this time. FMH’s census has been quite high, but Dr. Williams says FMH has made appropriate accommodations to take care of the community’s healthcare needs. FMH is not at full capacity at this time as some hospitals in the Evansville area are at or near their capacity, and the hospital has all the medications that patients require for care and treatment.

The Fairfield Lions Club 50/50 Lottery Give-Away has started and officials say the pot has grown to $840 in just one week. Their goal is to get the pot prize up to at least $2500. If you haven’t bought a ticket yet, please contact a Lions Club member. You can call 618-516-1229 for tickets. Tickets are only $10 or 3 tickets for $25. The drawing will be held on Tuesday, December 15th.

The Village of Wayne City is reminding Village Water & Sewer Customers not to flush wipes, feminine hygiene products or diapers. This can lead to sewer pump failure and clogged plumbing systems.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is announcing Driver Services facilities statewide will be closed to the public for in person transactions effective Tuesday, Nov. 17 and will reopen on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic. White is encouraging the public to take advantage of online services. In addition, White announced that expiration dates for driver’s licenses and ID cards will be extended until June 1, 2021. This June 1, 2021 extension also includes those who have February, March, April and May 2021expiration dates. As a result, expired driver’s licenses and ID cards will remain valid until June 1, 2021. CDL (Commercial Driver License) holders and commercial permit holders are excluded from this extension due to federal requirements.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 4.82 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.05 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 4.41 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.11 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 3.60 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 3.93 feet.