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The Total Test Results for COVID-19 in Central Illinois are; Montgomery County: 10 pending tests, 2 positive tests, and 29 negative tests. For Christian County: 7 pending tests, 13 positive tests, and 25 negative tests. For Sangamon County: 11 pending tests, 13 positive tests, and 386 negative tests, and 1 death.  Macon, Fayette, and Bond Counties are all reporting 1 case each as well. 


During Monday’s press conference from the Christian Montgomery County EMA, Christian County Information Officer Mike Havera gave an update on the Rolling Meadows Senior Living Facility in Taylorville which confirmed on Sunday that the facility has been placed on quarantine as a protective measure after 11 new cases were confirmed.



Havera also says that there are some rumors about whether or not mail can carry COVID-19. In the end, wiping them down with sanitizer would probably be the best course of action.


There is also a second Montgomery County Resident that has tested positive for COVID-19.


You can find out more about COVID-19 at www.taylorvilledailynews.com or by visiting the Chris-Mont EMA Facebook page.

465 New Cases of COVID-19 In Illinois; 7 New Deaths

There are 465 new cases in Illinois, with seven new deaths including a death at Stateville Correctional Center.  The numbers for the state are 5,057 with 73 deaths in 52 counties. 12 men from Stateville are now hospitalized including several requiring ventilators. Director of Public Health, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, says that we all have a role to play and everything matters: action and inaction. 


Dr. Ezike says that it’s not just prisons that are seeing outbreaks of cases in small clusters.



Illinois Governor JB Pritzker says that just because there are fewer cases today than there were yesterday does not mean we have flattened the curve. We need to look at days and weeks of data as opposed to just one day.



There is a continued push for supplies and PPE to the state and the Governor is working with several entities including the Federal government to get supplies into our area for our hospitals.  You can listen to every Governor JB Pritzker press conference at 2:30 PM every day on NEWSTALK WTIM and its many platforms.


Illinois' 4th Judicial Circuit Court this (Monday) afternoon announced it's continuing court cases presently being heard in several Regional Radio County Courthouses, out of an abundance of caution and in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The 4th Circuit includes County Courthouses in Christian, Shelby, Montgomery, Fayette and Effingham Counties in the Regional Radio listening area.

Jury trials, traffic cases including driving under the influence, criminal misdemeanor cases, ordinance and small claims cases, all family court and child support cases, all pay or appears and compliance hearings, and marriages, are all being continued until at least April 17th, and maybe longer according to the statement this (Monday) afternoon from the Court.

The statement added that all evictions will end until further notice, but in-custody cases including bond settings, criminal felony cases with time constraints, juvenile detention and shelter care hearings, emergency and plenary orders of protection, and other emergency hearings, WILL be held as usual.

Civil and criminal jury trials are also continued until at least May 23rd according to the statement released by the Fourth Judicial Circuit this (Monday) afternoon.

The statement was signed by Chief Judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit Kimberly Koester.

Kim Bourne is the CEO of Taylorville Memorial Hospital and she joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show to discuss what TMH is doing to keep patients and staff safe from COVID-19.



Bourne went on to discuss how they’ve stepped up to make sure that high touch surfaces are constantly being cleaned.


Finally, Bourne talked about how Taylorville Memorial Hospital is doing what they want everyone to be doing in their own homes.


Taylorville Memorial Hospital CEO Kim Bourne was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

Congressman Rodney Davis represents the 13th Congressional District of Illinois and he joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show to discuss what Congress has done to address the COVID-19 pandemic and what local businesses can do if they need help through these difficult times.


Congressman Davis started out by discussing the Phase 1 and Phase 2 bills that Congress recently passed to start working on a vaccine, to make sure that our hospitals had all the necessary Personal Protective Equipment, and to create a paid leave program to make sure that employees that have to self quarantine still got paid.


Congressman Davis went on to discuss the much larger Phase 3 bill that will have direct investment into our main street businesses.


Finally, Congressman Davis talked about what business owners can do to get a loan and how if you meet certain requirements the majority of the loan that you take out will be eligable to be forgiven.



For more information please visit rodneydavis.house.gov. Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

The Howard G. Buffett Foundation today announced a $60,000 partnership with locally-owned restaurants within Christian County to offer free meals for first responders that operate within Christian County. The food voucher support will cover meals starting today, March 30th through Tuesday April 28th and the food vouchers have been given to the participating law enforcement agencies who in turn will distribute to on-duty first responders in Christian County.


Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp talked about the generosity of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and how this partnership came about.



Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce CEO Patty Hornbuckle talked about how they want the locally-owned restaurants to benefit from this and how she wanted to spill the beans on this last week on the morning show, but just wasn’t quite ready to.



Finally, Hornbuckle talked about how we really want to thank our first responders for laying their lives on the line each and every day to fight this virus.



The local restaurants participating in the food voucher program include Angelo’s Pizza, Angelo’s Express, Bill’s Toasty Shop, Burton’s Tap, Charro Mexican Restaurant, Family Traditions Bakery, Kluges on the Square, Los Rancheros, Muck’s Place, Pizza Man of ana, QQ China, Route 51 Eats & Treats, Spring Garden Restaurant, Taco Gringo, Triangle Pub, Uptown Cafe, and Yummy Hibachi & Sushi on Wheels. All meals will be available for take-out only.

Pana Medical Group To Start Doing Video Visits

Pana Medical Group along with the Community Medical Clinic are helping to see patients virtually through an app called video visits. As patients are being asked to stay home, doing video conferences can help people still be able to talk to doctors and get the care that they need. Pana Community Hospital’s clinics include satellite offices in Assumption, Nokomis, and Ramsey. 


Originally, the service was supposed to start in June, but due to COVID-19, these services have been expedited and started now. If you want to schedule a video visit, set up an account through the clinic’s patient portal before the video visit can take place. Video visits will not work if you have to have your vitals or any testing done to determine an illness and the nurse practitioner will determine whether or not a video visit will work. 


For more information on video services or any questions you have contact the Pana Medical Group, visit www.panahospital.com or call 562-2131.


Dr. Terry Cunnington of Community Medical Clinic in Pana speaks to his patients, Maggie and Lucy Ishmael and their mother Jacci during a Video Visit now being offered at CMC and Pana Medical Group clinics.

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