McDonough Co. reports fifth confirmed case of COVID-19

MCDONOUGH CO., Ill. (NEWS3) — McDonough County Health Department is reporting a fifth positive case of coronavirus.

Officials said the resident is a man in his 50s who is recovering at home. Staff said this case is not related to any of the other four cases in McDonough 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,” health department staff said.

This announcement comes two days after the county reported its fourth case of a man in his 30s. The county’s third confirmed COVID-19 case was reported last week of a woman in her 60s and a second case of a woman in her 20s. The county’s first case was reported April 10 of a man in his 40s.

McDonough District Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Edwin Card gave an update to the Macomb City Council Monday, explaining where the response of the virus stands locally.

Card said the hospital originally had 48 beds available but recently increased the amount to 60. There are a total of 19 ICU beds and the facility has 12 ventilators at this point. MDH has requested 11 additional ventilators from the state.

As of Friday, McDonough County has 107 negative cases and 12 pending coronavirus tests. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 36,934 coronavirus cases Thursday, including 1,688 deaths, in 96 counties. The state saw 1,826 new cases and 123 additional deaths Thursday.

Below are current COVID-19 test results in surrounding counties around the NEWS3 viewing area:

  • McDonough County: 5 positive, 107 negative, 12 pending
  • Schuyler County: 1 positive, 16 negative, 2 pending
  • Hancock County: 4 positive, 69 negative, 11 pending
  • Warren County: 32 positive, 45 negative and unknown pending
  • Fulton County: 1 positive, 69 negative, 6 pending
  • Knox County: 21 positive, 188 negative, 63 pending
  • Adams County: 32 positive, 781 negative, 61 pending

MDH has launched a drive-thru screening station. For service at the station, patients should be at least 18 years or older and must pre-register. Officials said patients must call the MDH nurse triage hotline or their primary care provider before showing up. The phone number to the nurse hotline is 309-836-1715. All testing requires a referral by a physician or nurse practitioner. The hospital asks for no more than two people per vehicle. The station is open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. seven days a week.

For the latest information on COVID-19 and how to protect yourself, you can go to the CDC’s website at cdc.gov or the IDPH’s website at dph.illinois.gov.