Macomb, Ill- The McDonough County Health Department (MCHD) today announced the first death of a McDonough County resident who tested positive for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). The individual was a resident in his 70s who tested positive earlier this week. Due to Federal privacy restrictions, release of any additional information on this case is prohibited.
Public health officials have identified and are actively monitoring individuals who were in contact with the individual in an effort to reduce the risk of additional transmission.
To date, Illinois has had 56,055 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 97 IL counties with 2,457 deaths. 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 abiding by the Stay at Home Order issued by the Governor for the health and safety of the entire community. By disregarding recommendations, community members are putting the most vulnerable at risk of disease, and quite possibly even death. Cloth face covers, when properly worn, are an important control to keep asymptomatic individuals from spreading the virus inadvertently to others (community spread). Guidance for making and cleaning sewn & non-sewn cloth face covers can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV.
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. Please 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.
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.