Headlines for Friday, January 1st

The Clay County Health Department has received notification of potential COVID exposure for individuals working at First Christian Church or being served a Christmas Eve Meal from the First Christian Church in Flora on December 24.  Due to the large number of individuals that may possibly have been exposed, Clay County Hospital Medical Clinic and the Clay County Health Department are establishing additional testing hours to accommodate those seeking tests. Expanded testing hours this weekend are as follows: December 31 – until 4 p.m. at CCH Medical Clinic, call 662-2131 for appointment. January 1 – 9 a.m. until Noon at Beyond the Bell, drive-through, no appointment necessary January 2 – 8 a.m. until Noon at CCH Medical Clinic, call 662-2131 for appointment. 9 a.m. until Noon at Beyond the Bell, drive-through, no appointment necessary, January 3 – 9 a.m. until Noon at Beyond the Bell, drive-through, no appointment necessary

Due to the New Year’s Holiday, we did not receive any updated Covid numbers from Wayne County. Currently the state of Illinois is reporting a total of 963,389 cases of the virus statewide with 16,490 Confirmed Deaths and 1,488 Probable Deaths. To date the state is reporting a total of 13,277,443 tests performed with a current recovery rate of 98%. In hospital availability, Illinois is reporting a total of 737 out of 3,285 ICU Beds available, with 4,102 of 5,701 Ventilators available.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital will be taking their Digital Mammography Truck to Horizon Healthcare Grayville Clinic for a Mobile Mammography Event on Saturday, January 30th, with appointments starting at 8:00 a.m. Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s Digital Mammography Truck will be set up at the Horizon Healthcare Grayville Clinic, 319 W. Commerce Street, Grayville, IL. No physician order needed for those who are over the age of 40. It must have been at least one year since your last Mammogram. Patients are asked to bring their insurance card, photo ID, and doctor’s contact information. This event is for annual screening Mammograms only. Individuals can call the FMH Diagnostic Imaging Department at 618-847-8249 to secure an appointment with one of FMH’s skilled technologists. Screening mammograms only take about 15 minutes to perform.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 15.78 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 7.01 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 9.29 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 9.47 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 16.13 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 5.62 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $41.52, up $0.12 from yesterday. The February crude oil price is $48.42, up $0.09 from yesterday morning.

The guest today on the Community Connection will be Cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra, discussing Covid-19 and heart related issues. Community Connection airs at 7:30 on AM 1390 and 103.3 FM.

There will be no Morning Coffee today or Friday due to the New Year’s Holiday. Morning Coffee will return to the air on Monday, January 4th.