McDonough Co. reports outbreak at senior center; 5 new cases

MCDONOUGH CO., Ill. (NEWS3) — McDonough County is now reporting an outbreak of coronavirus at an assisted-living facility and five new additional cases.

The new cases McDonough County Health Department is reporting includes:

  •  One male in his teens
  • One female in her 20s
  • One male in his 20s
  • One female in her 30s
  • One male in his 50s

The health department also said it’s investigating an outbreak at The Lamoine Assisted Living and Memory Care center in Macomb. Officials did not provide any further information, other than give an explanation for how health staff define an outbreak.

“The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) defines an outbreak at an Assisted Living facility as one or more positive case(s) along with others that are ill with symptoms,” staff said.

This news comes two days after the health department reported its sixth case of a man in his 70s and seventh case of a woman in her 20s who tested positive. Macomb Mayor Mike Inman said in a recent briefing the man was hospitalized and the woman was recovering at home.

The last update McDonough County officials released about coronavirus testing shows 148 negative cases and 27 pending coronavirus tests. The county now has 12 positive cases. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 48,102 total coronavirus cases Tuesday and 2,125 deaths. The state saw 2,219 new cases and 144 additional deaths Tuesday.

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

  • McDonough County: 12 positive, 148 negative, 27 pending
  • Schuyler County: 1 positive, 50 negative, 0 pending
  • Hancock County: 5 positive, 85 negative, 21 pending
  • Warren County: 53 positive, 89 negative and unknown pending
  • Fulton County: 3 positive, 98 negative and unknown pending
  • Knox County: 38 positive, 290 negative, 120 pending
  • Adams County: 39 positive, 950 negative, 156 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 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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.