Coronavirus updates | Six cases confirmed in central, southern Illinois – Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

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SPRINGFIELD — Health officers contain confirmed two sure COVID-19 cases in Sangamon County.

The contemporary cases had been presented at a press convention Saturday evening attended by representatives from Memorial Health Machine, the Sangamon County Public Health Department, the Springfield Sanatorium, HSHS St. John’s Scientific institution and Southern Illinois College College of Medication.

Rajesh Govindaiah, chief medical officer of Memorial Health Machine, mentioned one in every of the 2 cases is a girl from Florida who developed signs whereas visiting family in Springfield and used to be hospitalized Thursday. She is currently in isolation in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

The second case is a Sangamon County resident, mentioned Gail O’Neill, director of the Sangamon County Department of Public Health. They’re currently remoted of their home. She did not give any diversified specifics about the affected person.


CHAMPAIGN — Added to the local cancellations listing Saturday: the Illinois Futbol Membership’s spring tournament, which organizers expected to procedure 7,000 to eight,000 people to Champaign-Urbana over the Could 1-3 weekend.

About 155 groups that had registered for the UI campus tournament had been notified Saturday.

In a separate email to membership contributors, IFC board President Skip Maier wrote: “Here’s disappointing for all of us, in particular for the youth, and we are unhappy to contain to purchase this movement. The Board would perhaps be assembly all all over again this coming week to present choices about upcoming training schedules and diversified membership events, and we can talk any choices to you as instant as that possibilities are you’ll per chance factor in.”


CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois Department of Public Health presented Saturday the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in central Illinois, both men of their 70s, bringing the total quantity of confirmed cases in Illinois to 64.

One lives in Cumberland County, used to be examined at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Coles County and is self-quarantining at home. The diversified is from Woodford County.

Two residents of St. Clair County in southern Illinois contain furthermore examined sure. They’re ladies of their 60s and 70s.


MATTOON — The Illinois Department  of Public Health has presented a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Cumberland County.

“IDPH notified us (Friday) evening that a person examined in our emergency room used to make certain for the virus,” mentioned Patty Peterson of Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Coles County.

“This person resides in our 10-county service home and is self-quarantining,” mentioned Peterson, who declined to voice the person’s home county, sex or age. She used to be furthermore blind to when that person used to be considered at the hospital.

“Our emergency-room workers used to be conscious the affected person used to be arriving and so the affected person used to be met in the parking lot and equipped with private preserving equipment and brought into our ER thru a aid entrance,” she mentioned. “The affected person used to be examined and went home the linked day.”

UPDATE, 1: 15 p.m. Saturday

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Park District board voted unanimously Saturday to shut all district products and services effective straight away thru March 31.

Then all all over again, the Leonhard Center, 2307 Sangamon Force, C, will remain commence for early balloting in the major election from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and all day on Tuesday, Election Day.

The Hays Center, 1311 W. Church St., C, and the Douglass Center Annex, 804 N. Fifth St., C, will furthermore be commence Tuesday trusty for folk that are balloting.

The board gave Government Director Joe Deluce authority to elongate the closures after March 31 if mandatory as long as he consults with board contributors. They furthermore agreed all workers must be paid.

Interval in-between, the Savoy Recreation Center, 402 Graham Force, is closing unless extra leer effective Sunday, mentioned Director Brandon Martin. Then all all over again, or no longer it is furthermore a polling field and must aloof remain commence Tuesday for that cause handiest.

“It’s a terribly tricky time. We’ve received a bit of bit of an older population. The virus makes them more susceptible,” Martin mentioned.

Recreation Center workers are contacting about three dozen families whose youth had been signed up for youth camp in the center of the Champaign college distrcit’s intersession that used to be to originate Monday so that they would presumably produce alternate arrangements.

The Urbana Park District on Friday canceled programs, events and rentals and closed buildings starting up Saturday and persevering with, for now, thru April 12.

Normal account, printed 8 a.m.:

What or no longer it is well-known to hold, courtesy editor Jeff D’Alessio:

— The quantity of confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide now stands at 46, up 14 from Thursday. Of the contemporary cases, nine are in Chicago, four in Cook County and one in Lake County, affecting residents who vary in age from 20s to 90s. No Illinoisan has died, and there had been no confirmed cases exterior Chicagoland.

— Starting this day, all heaps at churches in the Catholic Diocese of Peoria are suspended, mentioned Bishop Daniel Jenky, who added that funeral heaps already scheduled can proceed and baptisms must be restricted to people and godparents.

‘These are risky days, but surely no longer unparalleled in human history,’ mentioned Jenky, whose diocese entails Champaign, Piatt, Vermilion, DeWitt and McLean counties. ‘I abet you to be affected person and faith-filled.’

— Canceled on the UI campus: All events at the Japan Residence, the April 5 Illini Veterans Memorial 5K Stagger & Traipse and all performances for the remainder of the season, and tours thru the tip of the semester, at Krannert Center.

— It would perhaps be a leisurely arts scene locally for a whereas. Also is called off Friday: April’s Boneyard Arts Competition (to be rescheduled); all events at the Virginia Theatre unless Could 10 (including displays by Renee Elise Goldsberry of ‘Hamilton’ reputation and Gordon Lightfoot); and three of Speak Farm Center’s most anticipated dates (Justin Moore and Tracy Lawrence on March 28, ‘The Color Purple’ on April 9 and Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour on April 19).

— Nonetheless a scamper: the Champaign County Republicans’ 2020 Lincoln Day Dinner, plight for Sunday at the Round Barn Feast Center, where tables of six (as a alternative of the identical outdated eight) would perhaps be plight up. In a letter, organizers wrote: ‘Our anticipated attendance at this tournament is 150 people. Here’s effectively below the 250-person public tournament guideline presented by Governor (J.B.) Pritzker Thursday. To boot, our venue is amazing and there must be astronomical room to permit all attendees to issue trusty social distancing practices.’

— Also aloof on, at the least for now: Urbana’s Market in the Sq. at Lincoln Sq., this day and on the five Saturdays that apply. Organizers mentioned extra hand sanitizer, tissues and diversified offers would perhaps be on hand for workers and contributors.

— Both the Champaign and Urbana public libraries remain commence but events and room bookings are suspended. Others canceling events and programs: the Champaign County Woodland Attend (thru April 12), Parkland’s Staerkel Planetarium (thru April 5), UI Extension (including this day’s Danville Backyard Day), and the Champaign and Urbana park districts (both thru April 12).

— Till extra leer, visitors are banned from Illinois prisons but phone calls and video visits would perhaps be expanded, the reveal Department of Corrections presented. Later Friday, the Illinois Gaming Board ordered all 10 casinos to suspend operations for 14 days starting up Monday.

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