McDonough, Schuyler Co. ask for volunteers to help with pandemic

(NEWS3) — Two local county health departments are looking for volunteers to help respond to health emergencies like COVID-19.

Schuyler and McDonough counties are asking those with and without medical training to volunteer in case of disasters or public health emergencies.

Medically trained volunteers can register online to be alerted when they are needed. The program allows volunteers to respond if they are available. Volunteers who are trained could be asked to work in a hospital surge or alternative housing.

If a volunteer does not have medical training, the Schuyler and McDonough county health departments are in need of Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers. This nationally known group allows volunteers to help with public health and improve emergency response. MRC units prepare for natural disasters, like tornadoes, blizzards and floods  and also help with disease outbreaks like COVID-19.

If you would like to become a volunteer, call 217-322-6775 in Schuyler County and 309-837-9951 in McDonough County.

Currently, there are eight total cases between McDonough and Schuyler counties.

Officials at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville 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.

Hospital staff said after a visit to Culbertson clinics or the emergency department, a patient’s healthcare provider will direct them to self-quarantine and the Schuyler County Health Department will be in contact over the 14-day quarantine period and will communicate test results when they are received.

McDonough District Hospital 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.

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

  • McDonough County: 7 positive, 131 negative, 2 pending
  • Schuyler County: 1 positive, 40 negative, 0 pending
  • Hancock County: 5 positive, 85 negative, 1 pending
  • Warren County: 50 positive, 78 negative and unknown pending
  • Fulton County: 3 positive, 87 negative, 4 pending
  • Knox County: 37 positive, 278 negative, 34 pending
  • Adams County: 34 positive, 901 negative, 50 pending

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 43,903 total coronavirus cases Sunday and 1,933 deaths. The state saw 2,126 new cases and 59 additional deaths Sunday.