By NEWS3 Staff
Macomb, Illinois – The McDonough County Health Department (MCHD) is reporting an outbreak of COVID-19 at Countryview Care Center of Macomb.
There are two laboratory confirmed cases and one probable case with symptoms. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) defines an outbreak at a long-term care facility as one or more positive case(s) along with others that are ill with symptoms. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols have been implemented. Public health officials 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.
Countryview Care Center is working to follow guidance from IDPH, MCHD and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Some of the guidance is to remain closed to all visitors, health screen staff twice per shift, in-service education and train staff, increased environmental disinfection, reduction of staff rotation throughout the population, and limit new admissions to the facility.
The MCHD has fulfilled Countryview Care Center’s request for additional personal protective equipment (PPE).
IDPH, MCHD and Countryview Care Center plan to continue to work together to manage the outbreak. Due to Federal privacy restrictions, the release of any additional information on these cases is prohibited.