McDonough Co. reports another coronavirus-related death

MCDONOUGH CO., Ill. (NEWS3) — Health officials in McDonough County are reporting a third death related to COVID-19.

McDonough County Health Department said the resident was in their 80s and tested positive earlier this month.

“A death certificate that lists COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death, or a significant condition contributing to death, is counted as a COVID-19 death in accordance with the Vital Records Criteria,” health officials said.

Authorities have reported outbreaks at four residential facilities within the county so far. Health officials did not say if this death is related to any of the outbreaks.

The McDonough County Health Department is investigating outbreaks at a Macomb Edison Apartment building, Heartland Health Care Center, Lamoine Assisted Living Memory Care facility and Mosaic residential facility.

The health department said 24 of the county’s 64 positive cases have recovered, meaning the patient has gone without fever-reducing medications for three days.

Symptoms reported among patients have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, coughing, difficulty breathing, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of sense of taste and/or smell.

“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,” officials said.

MCHD said all residents should wear cloth face covers and practice social distancing when in public and continue to abide by the stay-at-home order.

Anyone experiencing unmanageable symptoms of coronavirus should call their 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.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 96,485 total coronavirus cases Monday and 4,234 deaths. The state saw 2,294 new cases and 59 additional deaths Monday.