Headlines for Saturday, January 2nd

The Wayne County Health Department reported 16 new lab-confirmed positive cases of the coronavirus over a two-day period covering December 31st and January 1st.  The latest cases are a female teen, a female in her 20s, three males in their 20s, two females in their 30s, two males in their 30s, a female in her 40s, a female in her 50s, a male in his 50s, a male in his 70s, a female in her 80s, a male in his 80s, and a male in his 90s.  The latest cases brings the total number for the county to 1237.  44 people who were lab-confirmed positive cases have passed away, four are hospitalized and 105 are isolating.  The health department also reports 115 “probable” antigen positive cases, with 14 isolating and being actively contact traced.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports a total of 963,389 cases of the coronavirus and 16,490 deaths since the pandemic began, according to their website information.  The numbers were not updated Friday due to the New Year’s holiday.

The Clay County Health Department was notified Friday of potential COVID exposure for individuals working at the First Christian Church in Flora or being served a Christmas Eve meal.  Due to a large number of individuals that may have been exposed, the Clay County Hospital Medical Clinic and Clay County Health Department are establishing additional testing hours to accommodate those seeking tests.  Testing hours this weekend are from 8 a.m. til noon today at the CCH Medical Clinic, 9 a.m. til noon at Beyond the Bell, and from 9 a.m. til noon Sunday at Beyond the Bell.  The tests are drive-through and appointments are not necessary.

The Albion Fire Department has reported their fire statistics for 2020.  According to a Facebook post, the department made a total of 160 runs last year.  There were five structure fire and smoke runs, 17 vehicle accident runs, three brush fires, 25 false alarms, four CO2 check runs, six mutual aid runs, 97 First Responder runs and three “Other” runs in 2020.

Media reports indicate the state of Illinois brought in just over $582 million in revenue last year from the first year of legalized marijuana sales in the state.  The report said Illinois had over $75 million in revenue sales in October and November, with most of those sales coming from in-state residents.  December numbers had not yet been released, and the numbers do not include medical marijuana sales.

River stages this morning:  Little Wabash River east of Fairfield is at 19.6 feet, above the 17-foot flood stage.  At Clay City the river is at 13.5 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet with a crest of 18.1 predicted for early next week.  At Carmi the river is at 20.72 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is at 10.14 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 7.98 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.