115 New COVID Cases Since Thanksgiving

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The Montgomery County Health Department is reporting 115 new COVID-19 coronavirus positive tests in the county since Thanksgiving.

After no reports were made on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the health department reported 40 new confirmed cases on Monday, 37 on Tuesday, and 38 on Wednesday for a local positivity rate of 6.1 percent since the holiday.

State health officials announced on Wednesday 238 deaths from COVID-19 over the previous 24 hours, by far the highest single-day fatality number since the pandemic began, Peter Hancock wrote for Capitol News Illinois.

Part of that number may have been attributable to reporting delays of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The Hillsboro School District reported that after rapid testing over 250 school district employees on Monday, Nov. 30, after the Thanksgiving holiday, only one employee tested positive.  That employee works at the Hillsboro Community Child Development Center (HCCDC); contact tracing resulted in six quarantines.

“The willingness of our employees to test, and the outstanding results demonstrate the commitment by school district employees to keep our students and fellow employees safe and our schools open,” Hillsboro Superintendent David Powell said.

Before the Monday test, the district learned that one teacher, one other certified staff member, and one student tested positive, resulting in two aides, one stubstitute, and seven students being asked to quarantine.

In Litchfield on Monday, 220 staff members were tested resulting in positives from one teacher and two support staff members.  According to Superintendent Dr. Greggory Fuerstenau, all three had been out all last week so no additional quarantines were necesscary.

“Our health department has been great to work with throughout the entire pandemic,” the Litchfield superintendent said.  “I can’t say enough good about them.”

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