The Montgomery County Health Department and Illinois Department of Public Health reported the seventh COVID-19 coronavirus death in Montgomery County over the weekend.
With 23 new cases reported in the past seven days, Montgomery County is up to 156 confirmed cases, almost four times the total when Phase 4 began on June 26. Six of the county’s seven coronavirus deaths have occurred since July 10.
Statewide, IDPH reported 1,772 new confirmed cases on Thursday and 1,942 new confirmed cases on Friday, the highest single-day number since May 24.
As of Friday, 13 counties in the state are now in danger of having to reimpose restrictions as the number of cases continues to rise: Cass, Champaign, Gallatin, Jackson, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Perry, Randolph, Saline, Sangamon, St. Clair, White and Whiteside.
According to a Capitol News Illinois story by Jerry Nowicki on Friday, “outbreaks have also been reported in long-term care facilities and there have been clusters associated with restaurants, churches and large sporting events including soccer, golf and softball tournaments, the IDPH said.”
“Residents of many communities are not wearing face coverings that have been proven to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” IDPH said in a statement. “Public health officials are finding that most contacts to cases are testing positive as well.”
All 102 counties in Illinois are in Phase 4 of the reopening plan, which means businesses are allowed to operate within public health guidelines such as capacity limits and face mask requirements, and gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed.