Third influenza death hits McLean County

flu shot
Following the third death this week due to influenza A, McLean County Coroner Kathy Davis says to be mindful of your health. (Photo courtesy Flickr/USACEEuropeDis)

 

By Howard Packowitz

BLOOMINGTON–  A third person has died in McLean County from influenza.

Coroner Kathy Davis said the unidentified person was 60 years old and had a heart condition.

Earlier this week, Davis reported two other deaths due to the flu.

Melissa Graven, the communicable disease supervisor for the McLean County Health Department, said it’s unusual for deaths to happen this early in the flu season.

Graven and Davis both advised people to get their flu shots.

Graven said people should stay at home until they’re fever-free for 24 hours without having to take fever-reducing medication like Tylenol or Motrin.

The elderly and the very young are most vulnerable, so the coroner recommends sick people stay away from small children and grandparents.

Also this week, area hospitals said people younger than 18 are not allowed to visit patients. Advocate BroMenn Medical Center is permitting only two visitors at the time.

Howard Packowitz can be reached at howard.packowitz@cumulus.com.

Blogs

Labor Day – Expanding voting rights for all

By Mike Matejka Because of COVID, there is no Labor Day Parade this year.  It’s always a great event for our everyday workers to march proudly down the street and enjoys the festive crowd. If there had been a parade, this year’s Labor Day theme was to be “150 years of struggle: your right to vote.” …

Is federal mobilization the answer?

By Mike Matejka As President Donald Trump threatens to send federal marshals into Chicago, over the objections of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, recall another Illinois Governor who protested the incursion of armed federal personnel into the city.   Those federal troops, rather than calming, escalated the situation, leading to deaths and violence. Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay…

In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…