Macomb, Ill.- The McDonough County Health Department (MCHD) announces that a third McDonough County resident has tested positive for COVID-19. The resident is a female in her 60s. She is isolating at home and CDC protocols have been implemented. This case is not related to either of the other two positive cases within the county.
Public health officials are working to identify and actively monitor individuals who were in contact with the resident in an effort to reduce the risk of additional transmission. To date, Illinois has had 22,025 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 87 counties with 794 deaths. With community spread of COVID-19 occurring across Illinois, all residents should take precautions to minimize the transmission of illness. MCHD strongly urges all residents to please follow recommendations set forth by CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), including 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. By disregarding these recommendations, community members are putting the most vulnerable at risk of disease, and quite possibly even death.
The McDonough County Health Department is working closely with our local hospitals, healthcare providers, Emergency Management Agency, first responders and county partners to respond to COVID-19 in McDonough County.
Symptoms reported among patients have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Public health officials are encouraging the public to remain vigilant about keeping germs from spreading by covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands with warm soap and water, and staying home when sick. If a person is experiencing unmanageable symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath, they should call their primary healthcare provider or the McDonough District Hospital’s nurse telephone hotline at (309) 836-1715. This hotline is operating 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.