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27 New COVID-19 Cases In Moultrie County; Including 20 At SRHCC

Moultrie County Health Department is warning of a COVID-19 outbreak at the Sullivan Rehabilitation and Health Care Center (SRHCC) located in Sullivan. The announcement came Wednesday evening as 20 individuals associated with the SRHCC have tested positive for the virus. The individuals included are one employee and 19 residents of the facility. They range in age from 20-80.  7 other individuals in Moultrie County also tested positive for COVID as well.

 

SHRCC has notified all residents of the outbreak and all residents and staff have already completed testing. Everyone who has tested positive or been exposed have been isolated and quarantined for safety. Visitation is currently restricted for the protection of everyone involved.

 

Moultrie County Health Department Administrator, Angela Hogan is asking everyone for patience. “On behalf of all involved, we at the Moultrie County Health Department understand that this is very stressful for everyone. We ask for your patience, understanding, and support for the Sullivan Rehabilitation and Health Care Center and these special members of our community during this difficult time.”

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TMH Infection Prevention and Quality Coordinator Talks COVID-19

A lot has been learned about COVID-19 since the middle of March, according to Taylorville Memorial Hospital Infection Prevention and Quality Coordinator Travis VanderMeersch.

   

 

The primary symptoms of COVID-19, according to VanderMeersch, are fever, cough, and shortness of breath, but those aren’t the only symptoms.

 


The initial COVID-19 response at Taylorville Memorial Hospital was making sure that they had all of proper CDC and IDPH protocols in place, according to VanderMeersch. 
    

 

For more information on Taylorville Memorial Hospital, please visit taylorvillememorial.org. Travis VanderMeersch was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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Cottage Rose Gift Shoppe Owner Sheila Yost Discusses Recent Expansion

Sheila Yost opened Cottage Rose Gift Shoppe in 2003 because she just didn’t have anything to do.    

 

 

Yost has taken advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic, by expanding and remodeling the store.

 


Cottage Rose Gift Shoppe has a variety of different items available for customers, according to Yost. 
    

 

For more information on Cottage Rose, please find them on Facebook. Sheila Yost was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.  

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Safe Passage To Hold Steak Dinner And Live Auction On October 17th

The Safe Passage Program is located in the Taylorville Police Department and according to Coordinator Denise Evans, they are busier than they ever have been.  

 

 

Before the program was started, the only option a Judge had was to put an addict in jail or prison, according to Evans, but now they’re able to seek rehab through the Safe Passage Program.

 


    
The only way that Safe Passage is funded is through donations. They’ll be holding a Steak Dinner and Live Auction on October 15th at the VFW in Taylorville. 
    

 

For more information on the Safe Passage Program, please find them on Facebook. Denise Evans was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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COVID Update: August 12

August 12th, COVID-19 numbers as of noon, look like this around the Regional Radio listening area.

 

The Christ-Mont Emergency Management Agency reports that on Tuesday in Christian County, 1 new case was reported making the positive total 165.  6,750 people in Christian County have tested negative. There have been 5 deaths and 100 people are in isolation.

 

In Montgomery County, Christ-Mont reports 1 new case pushing the positive total to 177.  Over 7,600 people tested negative in Montgomery County, where there have been 7 deaths. 17 people are in isolation.

 

In Shelby County, the health department is reporting 5 new cases making the positive total 88. Just over 2,287 people have tested negative in the county, where there has been 1 death and 24 people are in isolation.

 

In Moultrie County, the health department is reporting 0 new cases keeping the positive total at 72. There have been 2,168 negative test results reported with no deaths and 20 people in isolation.

 

Sangamon County is reporting 51 new cases making the positive total 1321. There have been 34 deaths with 494 in isolation.

 

In Fayette County they’re reporting 3 new cases making the positive total 71. 2,567 have tested in total in the county with 16 in isolation.

 

And, in Macon County, they're reporting 16 new COVID-19 cases making the positive total 654. There are 291 in isolation. 

 

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that Region 3, that encompasses the counties of Christian, Montgomery, and Sangamon in the Regional Radio listening area and counties to the west, shows a positivity rate of 5.5% as of August 9th.  Region 6, includes Shelby, Macon, Moultrie, Fayette, and counties to the east, shows a positivity rate of 2.8% as of August 9th.  

 

For a complete breakdown of statistics by county, click the "Current Coronavirus Numbers by County" icon at taylorvilledailynews-dot-com. 

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Christian County Sheriff's Office Investigating Death In Rural Kincaid

The Christian County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a death in rural Kincaid. On Monday morning at 10 AM, Christian County 9-1-1 received a call and upon investigation with the Kincaid Police Department, contacted the Christian County Coroner’s Office. 

 

62 year old Dale W. Basil of Kincaid was pronounced dead on the scene by the Christian County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy was held in Bloomington with the cause of death being asphyxiation by hanging.  The Christian County Coroner’s Office and the Christian County Sheriff’s Office are still investigating the incident. 

 

If you are feeling depressed or lost and need someone to talk too, please contact 1-800-273-8255 or text "HOME" to 741741. 

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Nokomis City Employee Tests Positive For COVID

An employee for the City of Nokomis has tested positive for COVID-19. According to a press release from the Christian Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency, The City of Nokomis immediately notified the EMA and the Montgomery County Health Department to identify any individuals who may have come in contact with this employee.

 

Any city employee or member of the Nokomis Emergency Response Community who may have been in contact with the individual is being tested to determine COVID positivity. Chris-Mont EMA assures Regional Radio News that Emergency Services in Nokomis have not been impacted by this. 

 

If you were at the City Building in Nokomis, you would not meet the exposure guidelines of less than six feet for more than fifteen minutes, so your risk should be low. Continue to monitor your health and the Nokomis City Building is expected to open Wednesday afternoon.

 

If you have any questions contact the Montgomery County Health Department at 532-2001.

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Master Gardener Gwen Podeschi Discusses Extending Your Garden Into The Fall

August is a great time of year to replace some of those summer plants that may be struggling with something new, according to Christian County Master Gardener Gwen Podeschi.

 

 

If you have some room in your garden, it’s a perfect time to start planting some of those cool season crops.

 

 

If you want to extend your garden into the fall, now is the time to start, according to Podeschi. 

 

 

Christian County Master Gardener Gwen Podeschi was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.  
 

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There's A Lot Of History At The Christian County Historical Society And Museum

Ray Gates is the Museum Coordinator of the Christian County Historical Society and Museum in Taylorville and his personal favorite display on the museum grounds is the old log house.

 

 

The main display on the grounds of the Historical Society is the old Morrison House, according to Gates.

 

 

The Christian County Historical Society and Muesum is holding a Prairie Festival on September 12th and they’re working to try and get a Bee Keeper for the festival. 

 

 

Ray Gates was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.  
 

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J.I. McDowell Discusses The Impact Of COVID-19 On His Restaurants

COVID-19 has had a huge impact both on Angelo’s Pizza in Taylorville and Pizza Man in Pana, according to owner and General Manager J.I. McDowell.    

 

 

With the recent increase of COVID-19 cases in Christian County all front room employees are wearing face masks.

 

 

At Pizza Man in Pana, McDowell was excited to finally be able to reopen the salad bar, but there are a number of changes that have been made to it though. 

 

 

J.I. McDowell was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.  

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Mail In Ballot Applications Sent To Homes In Christian County

Mail-in Ballot Applications have been sent out to homes in Christian County, but as County Clerk Michael C. Gianasi says, this doesn’t mean you have to vote by mail.

 

Mail in ballots is not a new concept it’s been in place for many years.

 

 

For more information, contact the County Clerk’s office at 824-4969 or visit their website. The Christian County website has information and forms online that you can use and you can check to see if you’re registered to vote. To get more information on this click here.

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The Coffee Can To Open In Taylorville On August 31st

Ashley Kochniarczyk is the co-owner of The Coffee Can in Taylorville and she always knew that she wanted to work with her hands and also allow her to be creative.  

 

 

Ashley’s original thought was to move to Austin, Texas and open up a Food Truck.

 

 

Everyone has their own favorite type of coffee that they like. Ashley had planned to travel around Illinois with her co-owner, Nikki to different coffee roasters, but because of COVID-19 that just wasn’t possible. 

 

 

To start out, The Coffee Can will be working with Intelligencia Roasters out of Chicago.
 

 

For more information on The Coffee Can, find them on Facebook. Ashley Kochniarczyk was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.  

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COVID Update: August 11th

August 11th, COVID-19 numbers as of noon, look like this around the Regional Radio listening area.

 

The Christ-Mont Emergency Management Agency reports that on Monday in Christian County, 1 new case was reported making the positive total 162.  6,667 people in Christian County have tested negative. There have been 5 deaths and 104 people are in isolation.

 

In Montgomery County, Christ-Mont reports 0 new cases keeping the positive total at 176.  Over 7,500 people tested negative in Montgomery County, where there have been 7 deaths. 19 people are in isolation.

 

In Shelby County, the health department is reporting 4 new cases making the positive total 83. Just over 2,200 people have tested negative in the county, where there has been 1 death and 20 people are in isolation.

 

In Moultrie County, the health department is reporting 0 new cases keeping the positive total at 72. There have been 2,168 negative test results reported with no deaths and 20 people in isolation.

 

Sangamon County is reporting 21 new cases making the positive total 1270. There have been 34 deaths with 507 in isolation.

 

In Fayette County they’re reporting 7 new cases making the positive total 68. 2,567 have tested in total in the county with 17 in isolation.

 

And, in Macon County, they're reporting 15 new COVID-19 cases making the positive total 638. There are 280 in isolation. 

 

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that Region 3, that encompasses the counties of Christian, Montgomery, and Sangamon in the Regional Radio listening area and counties to the west, shows a positivity rate of 5.4% as of August 8th.  Region 6, includes Shelby, Macon, Moultrie, Fayette, and counties to the east, shows a positivity rate of 2.8% as of August 8th.  

 

For a complete breakdown of statistics by county, click the "Current Coronavirus Numbers by County" icon at taylorvilledailynews-dot-com. 

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JCAR Upholds Mask Mandate For Businesses

The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules or JCAR met on Tuesday to discuss the mandate from Governor JB Pritzker concerning businesses, schools, and childcare centers receiving fines if they don’t make customers wear masks. 

After discussion, Governor Pritzker’s lawyer, Ann Spillane was asked from Senator Sue Rezin about the intent of these rules and how small businesses are concerned that they are going to be hurt by this ruling.

 

 

Spillane says that the intent is clear. 

 

Businesses would need to be required to have signs up that say masks are required, along with offering masks and ensure that all employees wear one. 

 

For violations, businesses would first face education on the rule, followed by a warning, followed by a fine of anywhere between $75 and $2,500. 

 

JCAR voted on the new rules and voted in favor of them and supporting the Governor after a motion to suspend the rules failed 6-5. The motion would have needed 8 votes to suspend.

 

The emergency rule is in place for 180 days effective immediately.

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The Boat Derby 2020 Is Raising Money For Charity

Former Taylorville resident Dave McCoy tries to find the funny no matter what is going on. So, when the Christian County Fair was cancelled he was joking around with his friends about holding the Christian County Fair at Lake Taylorville.

 

 

McCoy’s joke got a lot of buzz and so he decided to launch Boat Derby 2020 to try and raise some money for charity.

 

 

The chairity that McCoy is raising money for is the Denise Marie Flaherty Memorial Foundation. 

 

 

Dave McCoy was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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Looking At Safe Travel During The Pandemic

Many people are looking at going on trips to escape from the summer humdrum and to go on regularly planned vacations, but with COVID-19, just how safe is it to go on a trip? The CDC says the best way to prevent COVID-19 is to stay home, but if you are going to go make sure to wear a mask, avoid close contact, and wash your hands often. 

 

OSF HealthCare Infection Prevention and Control Director, Lori Grooms says that there are many online tools to help assess your risk before travel—especially if you are going to another state or country. One area you should always look at is the positivity rate.

 

 

Grooms says that you should avoid travel if that positivity rate has been increasing over the last 7 days.

 

 

Grooms also stressed that your risk increases dramatically if the rate of new cases per day is exceeding 15 per 100,000. If you are traveling, Grooms warns, to take your time when it comes to making deals online to make sure you read the fine print and hammer out all the little details before paying.

 

For more information on online tools, click here

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State Rep. Avery Bourne On The Importance Of Transparency

The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) has an important, but not often discussed job. According to Illinois State Representative Avery Bourne, JCAR will meet this week to discuss the recently proposed new rule from Illinois Governor JB Pritzker.

   

 

More and more House and Senate Democrats have called for Speaker Madigan to step down from power, but according to Rep. Bourne it’s not a surprise that so far he has refused to do so.

 

 

The lack of transparency from the Pritzker Administration in regards to the COVID-19 relief from the federal government is troubling and Representative Bourne thinks that there needs to be hearings to look into it. 

 

 

There needs to be more transparency and House and Senate Democrats should have never given the Governor the ability to spend this money without any oversight.  

 

 

Illinois State Representative Avery Bourne was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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Taylorville School Board Meets; DIscusses Memorial Drainage Project

The Taylorville School District met on Monday evening for their August School Board meeting. Dr. Dougherty, who recently had surgery, was unable to attend, but according to Dr. Stephen Turner, she is home recovering well.

 

Dr. Turner and High School Principal Matt Hutchison gave a report on online registration, saying that overall, things are progressing well.

 

 

An update was given on the Memorial Drainage Project. Steve Walters gave an update on the project and says there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done. 

 

The Next School Board meeting is set for September 14th.

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Chris-Mont EMA Announces New COVID-19 Cases In Pana

The Chris-Mont EMA is confirming an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Prairie Rose Health Care Center located at 900 South Chestnut Street in Pana. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, an outbreak at an assisted living facility is identified when there are two or more positive COVID-19 cases. The Health Care Center currently has two staff members who have tested positive.

 

Chris-Mont EMA has also announced a single case of COVID-19 at the Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Care Facility located at 1000 East 6th Street in Pana. The Senior Care Facility currently has one staff member who has tested positive. Both Prairie Rose and Heritage Manor have been in direct contact with the local health department and Chris-Mont EMA.

 

For more information, please contact the Christian County Health Department or the Chris-Mont EMA by calling 824-4113 or 532-9560.

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Weekend COVID Update

August 10th, COVID-19 numbers as of noon, look like this around the Regional Radio listening area.

 

The Christ-Mont Emergency Management Agency reports that over the weekend in Christian County, 11 new cases were reported making the positive total 161.  6,622 people in Christian County have tested negative. There have been 5 deaths and 103 people are in isolation.

 

In Montgomery County, Christ-Mont reports 8 new cases making the positive total 176.  Nearly 7,500 people tested negative in Montgomery County, where there have been 7 deaths. 25 people are in isolation.

 

In Shelby County, the health department is reporting 5 new cases making the positive total 79. Just under 2,200 people have tested negative in the county, where there has been 1 death and 23 people are in isolation.

 

In Moultrie County, the health department is reporting 1 new case making the positive total 72. There have been 2,168 negative test results reported with no deaths and 20 people in isolation.

 

Sangamon County is reporting 88 new cases making the positive total 1249. There have been 34 deaths with 562 in isolation.

 

In Fayette County they’re reporting 1 new case making the positive total 61. 2,352 have tested negative with 14 in isolation.

 

And, in Macon County, they're reporting 24 new COVID-19 cases making the positive total 623. There have been 13,704 negative tests with 186 in isolation. 

 

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that Region 3, that encompasses the counties of Christian, Montgomery, and Sangamon in the Regional Radio listening area and counties to the west, shows a positivity rate of 5.4% as of August 7th.  Region 6, includes Shelby, Macon, Moultrie, Fayette, and counties to the east, shows a positivity rate of 3.0% as of August 5th.  

 

For a complete breakdown of statistics by county, click the "Current Coronavirus Numbers by County" icon at taylorvilledailynews-dot-com. 

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Christian County Historical Society To Hold Prairie Festival On September 12th

The Christian County Historical Society and Museum, according to Museum Coordinator Ray Gates, is holding an event that they’re calling The Prairie Festival on September 12th from 9am until 3pm at the Museum grounds in Taylorville.

 

 

The Prairie Festival will have a variety of different events for people of all ages.

 

 

There are numerous important buildings and artifacts on the museum campus, but the most important one, according to Gates, is the old Christian County Courthouse.

 

 

Ray Gates was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show. 
 

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Governor Pritzker Continues To Push For JCAR To Support His Mask Enforcement

Governor JB Pritzker doubled down on Sunday on his request for the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules to support his newest executive order fining businesses, schools, and childcare centers who don’t require their patrons to wear masks. The Governor spoke at a press conference on Sunday saying that American’s want a mask mandate.

 

 

Governor Pritzker also says that this is a way to support employees whose bosses may not support masks.

 

The Governor insists he is not doing this as a political game. He is doing it to keep people safe.

 

The Illinois Public Health Association has come out in favor of the Governor’s new ruling saying in a released statement, “On behalf of the 88 certified local health departments our association represents, we stand in support of these emergency rules proposed by the governor to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of the public.”

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Patty Hornbuckle Discusses The Importance Of The Christian County CEO Program

The Christian County CEO Program has found their next round of students. Greater Taylorville CEO Patty Hornbuckle explained that the CEO Program was designed for High School Seniors to learn about business.

 

 

The CEO students go on business tours, hear from speakers, and meet every weekday morning.

 

 

The goal of the CEO Program, according to Hornbuckle, is for these students to come back to Christian County to open up a business.

 

 

Patty Hornbuckle was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
 

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Taylorville School Board Set To Meet Monday Evening Remotely

The Taylorville School District Board is set to meet on Monday evening at 6 PM to discuss new business, old business, hear communications, and go over reports. The meeting will be held virtually except for School Board Members and administrators who may attend in person.  If you would like to join the meeting remotely, contact the district secretary Julie LaBeane at jlebeane@tcusd3.org to request a code to join the meeting.

 

Under communications, Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty will discuss some donations, the School has received. The Consent Agenda will be looked at and approved. There will be a treasurer’s report, along with Consideration of personnel.

 

Under old business, the Board will receive an update on online registration, review the Memorial drainage project, get an update on the school year plan, and discuss the levy of the 2020 tax distribution received from Christian County.

 

Under new business, the board will consider a renewal of the district health care policy, look at district evaluators, and set a budget hearing date for the finance committee along with a hearing for the FY21 budget.

 

The meeting will end with a report from Superintendent Dr. Dougherty.  Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on this after the meeting is complete Monday evening.

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Congressman Davis Demands Transparency Of The Pritzker Administration

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that Illinois Speaker Michael Madigan has refused to step down after the ComEd scandal, according to Congressman Rodney Davis.

 

 

The Republican Delegation in Illinois are demanding transparency of the Pritzker Administration after only a small percentage of the federal aid for Illinois has actually been given to local governments.

 

 

Recently, Representative Davis introduced Gabby’s Law. Gabby’s Law  is named in honor of Gabrielle “Gabby” Galbo and it would require hospitals in the United States to adopt, implement, and periodically update using the best evidence-based sepsis protocols.

 

 

Another law that Rep. Davis was proud to support Sami's Law. Sami’s Law would enact new safety protections for users of rideshare companies.  

 

 

Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show. 

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