Dead bird found in Paxton tests positive for West Nile virus

PAXTON — A dead bird found in Paxton has tested positive for the West Nile virus — the first such case in the county this year.

The dead crow was submitted to the Ford County Public Health Department on July 17 to be tested for possible West Nile virus infection. It was found in Paxton the preceding weekend, a health department official said.

Ford County Public Health kicks off mosquito surveillance program

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department began its West Nile virus surveillance program for this year on June 1.

The program includes trapping adult mosquitoes and testing them for the West Nile virus. 

Paxton Family Dental welcomes two new doctors

PAXTON — Paxton Family Dental has welcomed two new doctors to its staff — Dr. Samantha Lyu and Dr. Mark Faught.

Lyu comes to Paxton from Madison, Wis. She graduated from Ohio University. Luy is currently engaged and preparing for her wedding in August. She loves to travel and spend time with her family and friends.

Dead birds being collected for West Nile testing

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department is asking for assistance from the public in the collection of dead birds found in Ford County. 

Collecting and testing dead birds are important components of the agency’s West Nile virus surveillance program, said Christy Wallace, vector program coordinator.

Rob Schmitt again named one of '60 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know'

GIBSON CITY — For the fourth year in a row, the chief executive officer of Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services (GAHHS) is listed among Becker’s Hospital Review’s “60 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know.”

'Corrective actions' taken to address elevated lead levels at two PBL schools

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s superintendent sent a letter to students’ parents last week informing them that the district is taking “corrective actions” to protect students from possible exposure to lead found in water sources at Clara Peterson Elementary School and PBL Eastlawn School.

Watseka hospital to close its OB unit

WATSEKA — Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka announced that it will file a certificate of need with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to close the hospital’s obstetrics services unit, effective July 31.

Ford County Public Health schedules two more flu clinics

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department has scheduled additional flu vaccination clinics for 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, and 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the agency’s office at  235 N. Taft St. in Paxton.

Ford County residents can schedule an appointment for one of those dates by calling 217-379-9281.

Hospital receives national recognition for excellence in patient satisfaction

GIBSON CITY — Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City has been recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) for excellence in patient satisfaction, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural acute-care hospitals in the nation.

Sign on city-owned lot to be up for zoning board's approval in December

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council learned last week that the city’s zoning board of appeals will consider a request in December from Paxton Health Care & Rehab for a sign to be placed on city property, informing people how to get to the nursing home north of town.

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