12 More COVID-19 Deaths Last Week


Twelve Montgomery County residents lost their lives to COVID-19 during the third week of January, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Montgomery County Health Department.

Health officials announced one death on Tuesday, two on Wednesday, three on Thursday, three on Friday, and three more on Saturday.  Of the 50 coronavirus deaths in the county since the pandemic began ten months ago, 28 have occurred during the month of January.

According to the health department, 92 more COVID-19 cases were confirmed last week for a positivity rate of 2.3 percent.  As of Saturday, Jan. 23, there have been 2,378 confirmed cases in Montgomery County over the course of the pandemic.

“We still have some individuals in Phase 1A to vaccinate, but we have begun vaccinations for those in Phase 1B,” the health department posted on its website on Friday, Jan. 22.  “We have vaccinated our first responders, have begun vaccinating those on our call list who qualify under Phase 1B. Beginning Monday, Jan. 25, we will begin administering second doses to those in Phase 1A who received the vaccination in late December. Our current weekly allocation from the state of Illinois for first dose vaccinations is 400. Our plan is to use each week’s shipment within a week of its receipt.”

Those who want on the vaccination waiting list should call the health department at 217-532-2001 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., or email their name, age, and phone number to mchdpublichealth@gmail.com.

The number of active cases at Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro continues to decline.  As of Sunday, Jan. 24, the Illinois Department of Corrections reported 89 active cases among inmates and nine among staff members.


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