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VFW Fish Fry benefiting the kitchen rebuild with Iris Miller

 

Iris Miller describes the events that led up to replacing the VFW kitchen dating back to the building's time as a church.  The VFW has owned the building since the 1950s and recently a gas leak was discovered prompting the Hancock County Health Dept to insist on bringing the kitchen to current codes.  The VFW has committed to this reconstruction and hopes to fund it with a fish fry.

 

Reps. LaHood, Danny Davis Introduce Retirement Parity for Student Loans Act

Washington, D.C. – Congressmen Darin LaHood (R-IL) and Danny Davis (D-IL), members of the House Ways and Means Committee, reintroduced the Retirement Parity for Student Loans Act.  The legislation would permit 401(k), 403(b), SIMPLE and governmental 457(b) retirement plans to make matching contributions to workers as if their student loan payments were salary reduction contributions. Thereby reducing student loan debt and building retirement savings. Workers could pay off debt while saving for retirement at the same time, rather than having to choose how to stretch their dollars.

The legislation is slated to be marked-up by the House Ways and Means Committee tomorrow as part of the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2021 retirement legislation. 

“Individuals who are working hard to pay off student loans shouldn’t lose out on opportunities to put away money for retirement,” said Rep. LaHood. “Our bipartisan legislation will allow workers to continue to make student loan payments while receiving employer matching contributions into their retirement plan. I am proud to join my Illinois and Ways and Means colleague Rep. Danny Davis to introduce this commonsense legislation that will provide greater financial security to Illinois residents.”

“Student loan debt has reached the $1.5 trillion figure.  Americans carry more student loan debt than auto loans and credit cards.  In addition, student loan debt disproportionately affects those entering the workforce and young professionals.  Many employees cannot afford to pay student loan debt and contribute to a 401 (k) or retirement plan,” said Rep. Davis.  “This approach provides additional resources to the employees to build their retirement savings while reducing their student loan debt”

Entry level and low salary employees face financial obstacles to significantly reduce their student loan debt and the absence of disposable income reduces the likelihood of adequate investment into retirement plans. This bill helps workers who cannot afford to both save for retirement and pay off their student loan debt. 

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced similar legislation in the Senate. Reps. LaHood and Davis co-led similar legislation in the 116th Congress.

Sandburg Board of Trustees Approves Consolidated Election Results, Elects New Officers for 2021-22

GALESBURG — The Carl Sandburg College Board of Trustees held a special meeting Wednesday to approve the results of the consolidated election earlier this month and to elect new Board officers for 2021-22.

 

Tom Colclasure and Bruce Lauerman were each elected to six-year terms to the Board in the April 6 consolidated election. Additionally, DeVone Eurales was elected to serve the remainder of the term he was appointed to in July 2019. 

 

Colclasure has served on the Board since first being elected in 1985. Lauerman was elected as a trustee in 1989 and served until 2007. He began a second stint on the Board with his election in 2009. Eurales was appointed as a trustee in 2019 to replace Alfonso Pugh, who had been elected to a six-year term that April. Eurales’ current term will expire in 2025.

 

The Board also elected new officers for 2021-22. Sandra Wood was elected to serve as chairperson. Lee Johnson was elected as vice chairperson, and Eurales was elected as secretary.

 

The Board’s next scheduled meeting is 7 p.m. May 27. Due to the coronavirus, a location has yet to be announced.

 

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HANCOCK COUNTY REPORTS SEVEN COVID-19 CASES SINCE APRIL 26, 2021

Carthage, IL – May 3, 2021 – The Hancock County Health Department and Memorial Hospital report seven laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases since April 26, 2021.  Cases include one male in his 60’s, one male in his 40’s, one male in his 20’s and one male in his teens.   In addition, female cases include, one female in her 50’s, one female in her teens, and one female in her pre-teens.  There have been a total of one-thousand-seven-hundred-forty-eight (1748) COVID-19 cases in Hancock County, one-thousand-seven-hundred-seven (1707) people have recovered,  seven (7) people are currently isolated, none hospitalized, and thirty-four (34) have passed.  

If you are experiencing symptoms and would like to get tested you can contact 217-357-0617.  Remember, stay home when ill, wash hands often, clean and disinfect highly touched surfaces and wear a face covering when 6 ft. distancing cannot be maintained. Check-out Memorial Hospital and Hancock County Health Department’s Covid-19 case updates at  https://www.mhtlc.org/news-resources/coronavirus-covid19-informaiton/ 

As of today, May 3, 2021, 4,658 people or 26.10% of the population in Hancock County have been fully vaccinated. Thus far, 9,303 vaccine doses have been administered to county residents. The Hancock County Health Department and Memorial Hospital are currently offering COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone who is interested in getting one.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the health department’s call center at 217-604-3829 or log onto Memorial Medical Clinic’s on-line registration  www.mhtlc.org 

 

Hancock County CEO Class of 2021 and Christine Murphy talks on Real Country in the Mornings about the Trade Show on May 4th , 4 pm -6pm at the Lake Hill Winery

The Hancock County CEO Class of 2021 with facilitator  Christine Murphy discuss the Hancock County CEO Class of 2021 Trade show that is happening  Tuesday May 4th 2021 from 4pm to 6 pm at the Lake Hill Winery.   Thank you- Mckenna Merritt, Kaytan Finney, Madi Cole, Jackson Murphy, Marie DeSotel, Mariah Hubbard, and Levi Marshall for sharing your business' on Real County in the Morning with Kevin Flynn and what we will see at the CEO TRADE SHOW MAY 4th from 4 pm to 6 pm. 

 

LaHood Leads Over 100 Bipartisan Members of Congress in Calling on USTR to Establish New Tariff Exclusion Process

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) joined Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI), Jackie Walorski (R-IN), and Suzan Delbene (D-WA) to lead over 100 bipartisan colleagues in calling on United States Trade Representative (USTR) Ambassador Katherine Tai to establish a new exclusion process for the Section 301 tariffs on Chinese imports. At a time when many companies and their workers are struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic, renewing this process would help support domestic businesses and target the effects of the tariffs on China, rather than U.S. companies and consumers.

"We all agree that we need to execute a bold, strategic plan to hold China accountable for its unfair trade practices, while encouraging businesses to manufacture and operate in the United States. However, while we strategically and comprehensively engage with China, including through tough enforcement, we must also support good-paying jobs in the United States." wrote the lawmakers. "To support American families, we once again urge USTR to create a pathway for targeted relief from Section 301 tariffs."
 

The full letter can be read here and below.

April 27, 2021

The Honorable Katherine C. Tai
United States Trade Representative
Office of the United State Trade Representative
600 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20508

Dear Ambassador Tai:

We write today to express strong support for the establishment of a new exclusion process to allow U.S. importers to request relief from the Section 301 tariffs on imports from China. While we strongly support tough and effective action to address China’s unfair trade practices, we believe that there must be a meaningful opportunity for American companies to petition for relief from tariffs. We appreciate USTR’s recent extension of tariff exclusions for COVID-19-related products. However, we feel that the current exclusions are insufficient to provide the badly needed relief for businesses and workers struggling with the unprecedented economic hardship caused by the pandemic. A new exclusion process would provide support to domestic businesses and their workers as many of the products facing the Section 301 tariffs are critical inputs for U.S. supply chains and manufacturing plants that have sustained U.S. jobs through this crisis. Such a process would also provide American businesses across a variety of industries, including manufacturing, agriculture, fishing, retail, energy, technology, and services, with the opportunity to petition for exclusions consistent with U.S. economic and foreign policy interests.

In the midst of our constituents’ struggle with COVID-19, American producers, employers, workers, and communities have suffered an additional economic burden: the section 301 tariffs. The lapse of critical exclusions, many of which expired on December 31, 2020, handed many businesses and their workers a significant bill while budgets were already tight. We all agree that we need to execute a bold, strategic plan to hold China accountable for its unfair trade practices, while encouraging businesses to manufacture and operate in the United States. However, while we strategically and comprehensively engage with China, including through tough enforcement, we must also support good-paying jobs in the United States. Many U.S. companies are eager to move supply chains out of China for a variety of reasons and began seeking reliable alternative suppliers over the last several years. However, in many instances those efforts were crippled by travel disruptions and global economic turmoil prompted by COVID-19, particularly for smaller U.S. businesses that do not have a global footprint. U.S. employers need more time to adapt.

Further, re-establishing an exclusion process would be consistent with a congressional directive in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (P.L. 116-6) requiring such a process be established. While one was eventually established, many of the same workers and businesses who were successful in getting relief now find themselves with no avenues of recourse, leaving them at a competitive disadvantage despite already having demonstrated the need for relief.

To support American families, we once again urge USTR to create a pathway for targeted relief from Section 301 tariffs. In our opinion, that process should include a streamlined process for stakeholders to seek relief, including expedited procedures for those who had been granted exclusions in the past. Additionally, in our opinion that process should be transparent, consistently applied, based on facts, including how Section 301 tariffs are applied to businesses, workers and communities, and administered in a way that would not undermine the broader and critically important bipartisan support to address serious concerns with China’s behavior.

Regarding this important matter, we thank you for your full and fair consideration consistent with applicable laws, rules, and regulations.

Sincerely,

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2x4 Signing in Carthage set for Saturday

2x4 Signing in Carthage set for Saturday

 

CARTHAGE, ILL. – A 2x4 signing organized by Gary and Deann Waddell, leads of the Carthage tiny home build for 2x4’s For Hope will be held from 11-2, Saturday May 1st at the four way stop of 4th and Buchanan.

2x4’s For Hope, a 501(c)(3) global organization founded by Mark and Chris Lawrence in May 2015, helps build homes for homeless and at-risk veterans. Each home (576 square feet) costs about $45,000 to construct, and all of the labor is provided by about 100 community volunteers, as well as the veteran who will receive the fully furnished home. The exterior of the home is typically built in two days, and it takes about seven to complete the entire project, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on the eighth day.

The signed 2x4’s, 85 to be exact will be used to build the first tiny home for a veteran in Carthage. The build dates for the first tiny home coming to Carthage is set for June 12th and 13th at 738 Lyon Ave.

The 2x4 signing event is open and free to all, including families with children.  Residents are welcome to stop by and either sign these 2x4’s under the tent, or we will bring a board to your car so that you can sign while maintaining social distance.

Individuals interested in donating time or money should call 2x4’s For Hope at 217-779-8779. Visit www.2x4forhope.org to learn more about the organization and its mission, as well as instructions on how to sign up to volunteer for upcoming builds. Monetary donations can be made at Marine Bank in Carthage, by mail to 5700 S 24th St Quincy IL 62305, as well as PayPal or Venmo on the 2x4’s For Hope website and/or Facebook page (2x4’s for Hope).

 

“Building Hope and A Future One Board at A time.”

LaHood Op-ed: Moving a strong trade agenda forward

Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) authored an op-ed this week in FarmWeekNow discussing America's trade agenda and the impact of trade on Illinois agriculture. Rep. LaHood also spoke with RFD Radio about the outlook for future trade agreements.

Originally published on FarmWeekNow.com: Moving a strong trade agenda forward
By Congressman Darin LaHood

Farmers across the Midwest are experiencing one of the best commodity price reversals in decades. The prices for corn and soybeans have jumped significantly over the last several months and while there are multiple contributing factors, the rewards of the full implementation of the phase one trade deal with China and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) have no doubt helped drive this turnaround in prices.

As recently as early 2020, farmers were experiencing extremely low prices with corn below $3.50 per bushel and soybeans below $8.30 per bushel. At those prices, farmers could not turn a profit and even worse, were facing the prospect of not keeping their farming operation open. Coupled with marketplace disruptions caused by COVID-19, farm families were experiencing one of the most challenging years in recent memory.

However, more recently, strong demand in both the domestic and international markets returned, driving corn prices to more than $5.50 per bushel and soybeans to more than $14.30 per bushel. The increase has given farmers some optimism as they move through planting season and as our economy emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agriculture industry supports close to 500,000 jobs in Illinois and is the No. 1 industry in our state. Without free, open, and fair trade, family farms in our state wouldn’t be able to survive.

During my time as a member of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, I have prioritized trade agreements that open markets for our agricultural products and spur job creation here in Illinois. In the 117th Congress, I am honored to have also secured an appointment to the committee’s Trade Subcommittee where I will have the opportunity to further engage in and lead on this important issue for our economy and provide Illinois farmers a seat at the table for important trade negotiations.

With Illinois being a primary agriculture hub, our farmers not only add to our state’s economy, but they fuel the nation’s as well. While the agriculture industry generated $51.1 billion for our state’s economy, Illinois also accounted for 4% of our country’s agriculture sales, and 81% of that comes from crops. Yet the financial impacts don’t stop there. Our farm economy is the lifeblood of rural communities, and we can strengthen the future of our region by expanding fair trade opportunities. As we witnessed in 2020, prices in our commodity markets for corn and beans are more likely to strengthen when we proactively grow demand for our agricultural products.

The farmers I represent compete and win on the global scale as well. Over the past four years, we have made great strides on trade, negotiating in a bipartisan fashion to accomplish a large purchase agreement with China and to modernize our trade relationship with Mexico and Canada. Our recently completed agreements contain sections that should act as templates for ongoing negotiations with the European Union, United Kingdom, Kenya, India, and Brazil. I urge the Biden administration to work with Congress to reauthorize Trade Promotion Authority on time, to prioritize completing high standard free trade agreements, especially those already under negotiation and with our allies, to work toward a phase two agreement with China, and to renew efforts to reform the World Trade Organization to create a more level playing field and hold bad actors accountable.

When Illinois farmers win, our country prospers. We all experienced many ups and downs during 2020, and the ag economy was no different. As we emerge from market anxieties and leave behind the disruptions caused by the pandemic, I know I’ll be continuing to focus on our country’s trade agenda and working to improve demand for our agricultural products around the world through trade.

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LaHood Statement on 2020 Census Apportionment Results

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) made the following statement after the Census Bureau released the 2020 Census Apportionment Results.

"It is disappointing, but unfortunately not surprising that Illinois will lose a Congressional seat following the 2020 Census Apportionment. For years, poor policymaking and fiscal mismanagement by Democrats in Springfield has led to some of the highest taxes in America and made Illinois less competitive. As a result, many Illinoisans have made their voices heard with their feet and left for other states that are more business and tax friendly.

"As redistricting moves forward, it is now critical that Governor Pritzker and Democrats in Springfield stand by their word to support an independent process. Illinoisans do not want a process that allows politicians to pick their own voters."

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HANCOCK COUNTY REPORTS NINE COVID-19 CASES SINCE APRIL 19, 2021

Carthage, IL – April 26, 2021 – The Hancock County Health Department and Memorial Hospital report nine laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases since April 19, 2021.  Cases include one male in his 50’s, one male in his 40’s, and one male in his teens.   In addition, female cases include, one female in her 60’s, three females in their 40’s, one female in her 20’s, and one female in her teens.  There have been a total of one-thousand-seven-hundred-forty-one (1741) COVID-19 cases in Hancock County, one-thousand-six-hundred-ninety-nine (1699) people have recovered,  eight (8) people are currently isolated, none hospitalized, and thirty-four (34) have passed.  

If you are experiencing symptoms and would like to get tested you can contact 217-357-0617.  Remember, stay home when ill, wash hands often, clean and disinfect highly touched surfaces and wear a face covering when 6 ft. distancing cannot be maintained. Check-out Memorial Hospital and Hancock County Health Department’s Covid-19 case updates at  https://www.mhtlc.org/news-resources/coronavirus-covid19-informaiton/ 

As of today, April 26, 2021, 4,550 people or 25.50% of the population in Hancock County have been fully vaccinated. Thus far,  9,126 vaccine doses have been administered to county residents. The Hancock County Health Department and Memorial Hospital are currently offering COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone who is interested in getting one.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the health department’s call center at 217-604-3829 or log onto Memorial Medical Clinic’s on-line registration  www.mhtlc.org 

 

CARTHAGE FARMERS MARKET BEGINS MAY 17

 

CARTHAGE, Ill. — Opening day for the Carthage Farmers Market is set for Monday, May 17. The market will be held from 12:00-3:00 p.m. each Monday from May 17 through October, on the northwest corner of the Hancock County courthouse lawn in Carthage.  

 

Vendor space at the Carthage Farmers Market is based on a first come-first serve basis.  No items may be purchased until 12:00 p.m. to give the vendors time to set up their booths.  Fresh fruits, vegetables, homemade goods, crafts, and other retail items are allowed at the market.  Vendors can contact Kristin Huls at 217-357-3141 or hcfbmanager@gmail.com for a vendor packet.

 

Cost to vendors is $5 per week, or a $75 season pass for a reserved space.  The market is also ideal for group fundraising.  

 

The Carthage Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the market.   To learn more about the market, join the Carthage Illinois Farmers Market group on Facebook or contact Kristin Huls at the Hancock County Farm Bureau Office at 217/357-3141 or Amy Graham at Carthage Community Development at 217/357-3800. 



 

MEMORIAL MEDICAL CLINIC COLCHESTER TO OFFER DRIVE UP MODERNA COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC May 4th 2021

Carthage, IL – Thursday, April 22, 2021 – Memorial Medical Clinic Colchester, located on 110 Market Street, is excited to announce that they are holding a drive-up Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic.

The first dose of this vaccine will be administered on Tuesday, May 4, from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Vaccines will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis for up to 50 individuals. Those who receive the vaccine will be asked to return to receive the second dose on Tuesday, June 1, between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Carside service will be offered at this clinic, weather permitting. Participating individuals are asked to bring a copy of their driver’s license, insurance card, and current phone number. 

Those who are 18 years of age and older and live in the state of Illinois qualify to receive a vaccine at this clinic. For more information regarding vaccine eligibility, please refer to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) at dph.illinois.gov. 

Those who are unable to attend MMC Colchester’s vaccine clinic but wish to be vaccinated are encouraged to sign up online at mhtlc.org for future vaccine clinics held by Memorial Medical Clinics.  Memorial Hospital and Memorial Medical Clinics would like to thank the community for their patience and understanding as they work to vaccinate our community. 

Memorial Hospital would like to remind the community to continue taking precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to wear a mask in public places and practice social distancing whenever possible. Individuals should call Memorial’s COVID-19 hotline at (217) 357-0617 if you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or if you are experiencing ANY symptoms related to COVID-19, which include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever or chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, the new loss of sense of taste and/or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

Memorial Hospital is committed to delivering outstanding healthcare.  Memorial Hospital is a 501(c)(3) non-profit critical access hospital that employs over 250, offers emergency, surgical, imaging (x-ray), laboratory, obstetrics, six clinics throughout the region, specialty clinics, and much more.  The hospital has served the residents of the Hancock County area since 1950. For more information, please find us on the web at www.mhtlc.org.  

 

MEMORIAL HOSPITAL HONORED AS STATEWIDE CHAMPION

Memorial hospital honored as statewide champion

           

Carthage, IL – Monday, April 26, 2021 – Memorial Hospital’s response to joining Telligen to address high priority health issues during COVID-19 and beyond has demonstrated a high level of commitment towards the overall health of our communities. The pandemic has not only highlighted the importance of community members working together, but also how collaboration can drive community-centered health outcome improvement.

For more than four decades, Telligen has assisted multi-sector partners with improving community-wide health and wellness.  Telligen honors Memorial Hospital’s hard work, passion and dedication to providing patients, families, neighbors, and staff with the highest quality of care.  Having the time to bring everyone together, define, and organize collective action can be complex and challenging not only now amidst COVID, but always.  Telligen utilizes tools rooted in evidence, action, measurement, timelines, and celebration towards achievement. Telligen is pleased to present this award in recognition of outstanding activation by Memorial Hospital. 

 

Telligen also invites Medicare beneficiaries, family caregivers, and advocates who live in Telligen’s four state region (Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, and Oklahoma) to volunteer as Community Ambassadors. Community Ambassadors will participate alongside healthcare professionals, community organizations, community leaders, and other Ambassadors in the Telligen QI ConnectTM events to directly influence how care is delivered in our communities in order to make healthcare safer, more accessible, and more cost-effective.  Contact Risa Hayes at rhayes@telligen.com for more information.

 

Telligen QI Connect™ is the Quality Innovation Network - Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for OK, CO, IL and IA.  For more than 45 years, Telligen has been transforming lives and economies by improving health. Telligen serves commercial clients and government programs at the federal, state and local level, improving health outcomes for millions of people nationwide. For more information, visit www.telligen.com and www.telligenqinqio.com.

 

Memorial Hospital is a 501(c)(3) non-profit critical access hospital, which employs over 250 individuals, offers emergency, surgical, imaging (x-ray), laboratory, obstetrics, six clinics throughout the region, specialty clinics, and more. Memorial Hospital has served the residents of Hancock County and surrounding areas since 1950. For more information, find us on the web at www.mhtlc.org 

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Pictured left to right: Raigan Brown, Memorial Hospital CNO; Nancy Huls, Director of Integrity and Medical Staff Services; Shelly Hunter, Director of Inpatient Services

 

 

President Biden signs LaHood Bill to Protect Rural Communities' Access to Care into Law

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) announced today that his bipartisan Rural and Underserved Small Hospital (RUSH) Protection Act was signed into law by President Joe Biden. This legislation will update and provide a needed technical fix to the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act to help ensure Rural Health Clinics across the state have the resources they need to provide access to care for patients in rural and underserved communities.    

“It’s critical that all Illinoisans have access to high-quality care regardless of where they live,” said Rep. LaHood. “That’s why I introduced bipartisan legislation to support our Rural Health Clinics and make sure those established during 2020 don’t experience unforeseen financial penalties. We must continue to support our outstanding rural health care providers and protect access to care for rural communities across Illinois, and this law is an important step in doing just that.”  

"OSF HealthCare very much appreciates the efforts of Congressman LaHood to protect the needed funding for Rural Health Clinics.  This bipartisan measure will prevent harmful cuts and help to protect rural communities that depend on these important clinics for their healthcare," added Chris Manson, Vice President of Government Relations at OSF HealthCare.   

Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) play a vital role in providing access to care for rural communities across Illinois and have been on the frontlines of combatting COVID-19 in our rural regions. Unfortunately, due to a drafting error in the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act, many RHCs affiliated with both critical access hospitals and larger health systems that opened in 2020 could face significant Medicare payment cuts. The RUSH Protection Act will correct this error and help ensure RHCs can continue their critical work of providing care for patients in our rural communities. 

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HANCOCK COUNTY REPORTS FIFTEEN COVID-19 CASES SINCE APRIL 12, 2021

HANCOCK COUNTY REPORTS FIFTEEN COVID-19 CASES SINCE APRIL 12, 2021

 

Carthage, IL – April 19, 2021 – The Hancock County Health Department and Memorial Hospital report fifteen laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases since April 12, 2021.  Cases include one male in his 70’s, one male in his 60’s, three males in their 40’s, and two males in their teens.   In addition, female cases include, one female in her 50’s, one female in her 40’s, one female in her 30’s, one female in her 20’s, two females in their teens and two pre-teen females.  There have been a total of one-thousand-seven-hundred-thirty-two (1732) COVID-19 cases in Hancock County, one-thousand-six-hundred-eighty-five (1685) people have recovered,  eleven (11) people are currently isolated, two (2) hospitalized, and thirty-four (34) have passed.  

If you are experiencing symptoms and would like to get tested you can contact 217-357-0617.  Remember, stay home when ill, wash hands often, clean and disinfect highly touched surfaces and wear a face covering when 6 ft. distancing cannot be maintained. Check-out Memorial Hospital and Hancock County Health Department’s Covid-19 case updates at  https://www.mhtlc.org/news-resources/coronavirus-covid19-informaiton/ 

As of today, April 19, 2021, 4,400 people or 24.66% of the population in Hancock County have been fully vaccinated. Thus far,  8,909 vaccine doses have been administered to county residents. The Hancock County Health Department and Memorial Hospital are currently offering COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone who is interested in getting one.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the health department’s call center at 217-604-3829 or log onto Memorial Medical Clinic’s on-line registration  www.mhtlc.org 

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