The Montgomery County Health Department announced the 13th COVID-19 coronavirus death in the county over the weekend.
The death was announced on Saturday, Sept. 19, and is the fifth this month.
So far this week, the health department has reported 13 new cases since Sunday for positivity rate of 1.9 percent. To date, 330 people in Montgomery County have contracted the virus.
On Wednesday, Sept. 23, Christian-Montgomery EMA Director Greg Nimmo issued a press release on behalf of the health departments in both counties asking people to follow the department of public health emergency regulation that requires “any business, service, facility or organization open to the public or employees shall require employees, customers, and other individuals on the premises who are over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when on-premises and unable to maintain at least a six-foot social distance.”
“We understand that everyone, whether frontline or citizen, is tired of COVID-19,” the release said. “As the local health departments, our priorities are to help our agency, partners and the public, plan for and address emerging health threats, and promote healthy living through awareness, education, programs and community development.
It continues, “We understand the economic importance to those parties involved. Unfortunately, these factors should never supersede the importance of our community’s health and safety. Working together we can reduce the chance of COVID-19 positive cases surpassing metrics established by IDPH. This would ultimately mean restaurants and businesses will be able to remain open. It will also benefit schools by getting our children back into a more traditional school setting sooner instead of hybrid or remote learning.”
According to Nimmo, as of Tuesday, Sept. 22, Christian and Montgomery county have a combined 889 positive COVID cases, 24 deaths either caused by or contributed to by COVID, 114 currently quarantined who are COVID positive, many more are quarantined because of COVID exposure, and five people are currently hospitalized due to COVID.
“Please, do your part to help slow the spread by doing the following,” the press release asked. “Wear a mask when around others that you do not live with and can not maintain a six-foot social distance. This includes gatherings whether small or 50 people. If at all possible, maintain a social distance of six feet around others outside of your home. This too includes gatherings whether small or 50 people. Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer regularly when soap and water are not available. Respect businesses, and do not put them in a compromising position by ignoring public health code that they are required to follow. Wear a mask inside their facilities. Their livelihood depends on it to prevent further restrictive actions.”