Four New COVID-19 Cases Reported in McDonough County, Raising Total to 18

Outbreak declared at Heartland Health Care Center

Single case in Schuyler County now called “recovered.”

On Thursday afternoon (April 30), the McDonough County/Schuyler County Department of Health announced four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in McDonough County, raising the total to 18. The department also confirmed an outbreak at Heartland Health Care Center with one positive case.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) defines an outbreak at a supported residential facility as one or more positive case(s) along with others that are ill with symptoms.

The new cases include the following:
• Two females in their 20s
• One male in his 20s
• One female in her 70s

In McDonough County, the recovered case count stands at three of 18 positive COVID-19 cases. The department reports the single positive case if COVID-19 thus far recorded in Schuyler County has now recovered. “Recovered” is defined by CDC as the resolution of fever without fever-reducing medications for 3 days (72 hours), improvement of respiratory symptoms, and at least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

Symptoms reported among patients have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of sense of taste and/or smell. The health department asks residents to remain vigilant about keeping germs from spreading by covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands with soap and warm water, and staying home when sick. If experiencing unmanageable symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call your primary healthcare provider or McDonough District Hospital’s nurse telephone hotline at (309) 836-1715. The hotline operates from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. 7 days a week. In Schuyler County, people experiencing symptoms can call Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital’s COVID-19 nurse hotline at (217) 322-5218. This hotline is operating from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday – Friday. Also available is a drive-up outpatient respiratory screening clinic at Elmer Hugh Taylor Clinic, 100 W. 15th St. in Beardstown. The Respiratory Clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Saturday and is a joint initiative of Memorial Health System, Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital, and the Cass County Health Department.

As the local positive COVID-19 case count continues to rise, MCHD says it is increasingly important to take precautions to minimize the transmission of illness. MCHD strongly urges all residents to continue to wear cloth face covers and practice physical distancing when in public, and to continue to abide by the Stay at Home Order issued by the Governor for the health and safety of the entire community. Cloth face covers, when properly worn, are an important source control to keep asymptomatic individuals from spreading the virus inadvertently to others. Do your part and protect the health of your family and community members!

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