McDonough and Schuyler Co. officials requesting face masks


(NEWS3) — The McDonough County and Schuyler County health departments are asking for the public’s help for more personal protective equipment.

The health departments are requesting homemade face mask donations. The masks would be used for protection when N95 masks are not necessary.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently recommended all people to wear face masks when interacting in public. By wearing a mask, it may prevent people carrying the disease without showing symptoms from transmitting it to others.

There is a donation box inside the McDonough County Health Department vestibule open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Donations for Schuyler County can be dropped off to the health department Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. The masks will then be given to healthcare workers. Officials said more than 300 masks have already been donated in McDonough County.

McDonough County currently is reporting three positive cases of coronavirus. All three are residents recovering at home. Schuyler County stands at one confirmed COVID-19 case who is recovering at home.

The state has 24,593 coronavirus cases, including 948 deaths, in 89 counties as of Wednesday.

In the NEWS3 viewing area, here are the latest COVID-19 test results:

  • McDonough County: 3 positive, 58 negative, 8 pending
  • Schuyler County: 1 positive, 15 negative, 0 pending
  • Hancock County: 3 positive, 31 negative, 18 pending
  • Warren County: 2 positive, 15 negative, 0 pending
  • Fulton County: 1 positive, 39 negative, 7 pending
  • Knox County: 3 positive, 110 negative, 13 pending
  • Adams County: 29 positive, 334 negative, 29 pending

McDonough District Hospital has launched a drive-thru screening station to test for Influenza A and B, strep and COVID-19, but patients must pre-register before showing up.

To pre-register, you must receive an order by your primary care provider or call the MDH nurse triage hotline at 309-836-1715. The hotline is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

MDH officials said if a person is experiencing symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath, they should call their primary care provider or the MDH nurse triage hotline. Patients younger than 18 will need to call their pediatrician or primary care provider. Anyone without a primary care provider, can call the MDH Family Clinic or MDH Convenience Clinic at 309-837-6937.

In Schuyler County, officials at Culbertson Memorial Hospital announced coronavirus testing is being offered at the hospital for people who feel they have symptoms. Patients must call ahead of a visit if feeling ill and must be prepared to answer the screening questions listed here.

For more information on how to make and clean sewn and non-sewn cloth face covers, click here to visit the CDC’s website.