McDonough Co. reports nine new COVID-19 cases

MCDONOUGH CO., Ill. (NEWS3) — McDonough County is now reporting more than a handful of new coronavirus cases in the area.

McDonough County Health Department (MCHD) said there are nine new cases which includes:

  • Four females in their 20s
  • One male in his 20s
  • One female in her 60s
  • One female in her 80s
  • Two females in their 90s

“As we continue to see our local positive COVID-19 case count rise, it is increasingly important to take precautions to minimize the transmission of illness,” health staff said. “MCHD strongly urges all residents to wear cloth face covers and practice physical distancing when in public, and to continue to abide by the Stay at Home Order issued by the Governor for the health and safety of the entire community.”

In the past few days, McDonough County has reported a string of news surrounding the coronavirus.

Officials announced the county’s first death related to the virus Friday. A resident in his 70s died after testing positive for coronavirus earlier this week.

Health staff also reported three outbreaks at residential facilities in the county this week. The first one was announced Tuesday of an outbreak at The Lamoine Assisted Living and Memory Care center in Macomb. The following day, authorities said there was an outbreak at the Mosaic residential facility. Then Thursday, staff reported an outbreak at Heartland Health Care Center nursing home. Officials said an outbreak means there is at least one positive case at a facility and others have symptoms of the virus.

On top of the news over the past week, Western Illinois University confirmed its first student, who was living off campus, tested positive for COVID-19.

“Cloth face covers, when properly worn, are an important source control to keep asymptomatic individuals from spreading the virus inadvertently to others,” health officials said. “Do your part and protect the health of your family and community members!”

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.

Staff said 3 of the 27 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: 27 positive (3 recovered), 1 death, 229 negative, 77 pending
  • Schuyler County: 1 positive (1 recovered), 71 negative, 0 pending
  • Hancock County: 8 positive, 111 negative, 8 pending
  • Warren County: 76 positive, 151 negative and unknown pending
  • Fulton County: 3 positive (1 recovered), 147 negative, unknown pending
  • Knox County: 51 positive, 290 negative, 120 pending
  • Adams County: 40 positive (25 recovered), 1 death, 1,134 negative, 111 pending

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 58,505 total coronavirus cases Saturday and 2,559 deaths. The state saw 2,450 new cases and 105 additional deaths Saturday.

“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.