McDonough Co. reports new outbreak at nursing home

MCDONOUGH CO., Ill. (NEWS3) — McDonough County is now reporting a new outbreak at a local nursing home and additional coronavirus cases.

McDonough County Health Department (MCHD) said there are four new cases which includes two women in their 20s, a man in his 20s and a woman in her 70s.

MCHD is also investigating an outbreak at Heartland Health Care Center in Macomb. Officials said an outbreak means there is at least one positive case at a facility and others have symptoms of the virus.

This news comes one day after the health department reported an outbreak at the Mosaic residential facility in Macomb and two days after reporting an outbreak at The Lamoine Assisted Living and Memory Care center.

County health staff said protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been implemented and they are working to identify and actively monitor individuals who were in contact with the residents in an effort to reduce the risk of additional transmission.

The county reported two cases Wednesday, which included a woman in her 20s and a man in his 20s. Five cases were reported Tuesday which included the county’s first teenager to test positive. The county said one male in his teens, one female in her 20s, one male in his 20s, one female in her 30s and one male in his 50s all tested positive.

Staff said 3 of the 18 positive cases in McDonough County have recovered from the disease.

“Recovered is defined by CDC as resolution of fever without fever-reducing medications for 3
days (72 hours), improvement of respiratory symptoms, and at least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared,” officials said.

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

  • McDonough County: 18 positive (3 recovered), 192 negative, 46 pending
  • Schuyler County: 1 positive (1 recovered), 62 negative, 3 pending
  • Hancock County: 8 positive, 85 negative, 21 pending
  • Warren County: 62 positive, 117 negative and unknown pending
  • Fulton County: 3 positive (1 recovered), 98 negative, unknown pending
  • Knox County: 42 positive, 290 negative, 120 pending
  • Adams County: 40 positive (25 recovered), 1 death, 1,065 negative, 111 pending

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 52,918 total coronavirus cases Thursday and 2,355 deaths. The state saw 2,563 new cases and 141 additional deaths Thursday.

“Please remain vigilant about keeping germs from spreading by covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands with soap and warm water, and staying home when sick,” MCHD staff said.

Anyone experiencing unmanageable symptoms of coronavirus should call your primary healthcare provider or McDonough District Hospital’s nurse telephone hotline at 309-836-1715. The hotline operates from 7 a.m. to 7 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.