The McDonough County Health Department (MCHD) announces two additional McDonough County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. The sixth case is a male in his 70s and the seventh case is a female in her 20s. Due to Federal privacy restrictions, release of any additional information on these cases are prohibited. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols have been implemented. Public health officials are working to identify and actively monitor individuals who were in contact with the residents in an effort to reduce the risk of additional transmission. MCHD is working closely with local hospitals, healthcare providers, Emergency Management Agency, first responders and county partners to respond to COVID-19.
As of Sunday morning (April 26), Illinois has had 41,777 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 96 counties with 1,874 deaths.
Cases in nearby counties also seem to be on the rise. Sunday morning, Warren County announced its 50th case of COVID-19. A week ago, there were 15 confirmed cases in Warren County. On Friday (April 24), Smithfield Foods announced the indefinite closure of their meat processing plant in Monmouth after three workers tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health tracking site, as of Sunday morning there were 31 cases in Knox County, 4 in Henderson and Hancock County, 2 in Fulton County, 1 in Schuyler County and 32 in Adams County.
With community spread of COVID-19 occurring across Illinois, all residents should take precautions to minimize transmission of illness. MCHD strongly urges all residents to follow recommendations set forth by CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), including wearing cloth face covers when in public, social distancing, and continuing 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 control to keep asymptomatic individuals from spreading the virus inadvertently to others. By disregarding recommendations, community members are putting the most vulnerable at risk of disease, and quite possibly even death. Guidance for making and cleaning sewn & non sewn cloth face covers can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV.
Get the most up-to-date local information at: the McDonough County Emergency Information Facebook page, the MCHD Facebook page, www.mchdept.com, and www.MDH.org/COVID19. For information on actions you, your school, workplace, and community can take, please visit CDC’s Steps to Stay Safe from COVID-19. For general questions about COVID-19, call the Illinois COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email [email protected], or visit http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus.