The number of Montgomery County residents testing positive for COVID-19 coronavirus increased to five, according to numbers provided Wednesday afternoon, April 8, by the Montgomery County Health Department.
Montgomery County has five positives including one death, 108 negative, and 21 pending tests. Christian County has 23 positives including three deaths, Macoupin has 10 positives, Fayette has four, and Bond County has three.
Statewide numbers released Wednesday afternoon were even more dismal: 82 additional deaths and 1,529 new cases, taking the state’s totals to 462 deaths and 15,078 positive cases.
On Sunday afternoon, April 5, the Christian County Health Department was notified that three residents of the Park Glen apartment complex of Taylorville had tested positive, and the Illinois Department of Public Health recommended the complex be placed on quarantine.
“They will be allowed to leave the facility with masks to medical appointments that are coordinated with their physicians, and of course through emergency services if needed,” according to Christian-Montgomery County EMA Director Greg Nimmo. “The owners of the facility, Pacific Management Inc. were contacted, and they have been cooperating fully with Christian County Public Health. Quarantine letters, along with masks were delivered to every resident in the facility. Logistics for this quarantine are on-going. Every effort will be made to provide the tenants with essential needs during this quarantine. Absolutely no visitors will be allowed in the building.”
On Tuesday, Nimmo said that residents of that apartment complex, as well as Rolling Meadows senior apartments in Taylorville, are getting food, basic staples and prescriptions through local agencies.
“All known exposures to any COVID-19 patients when they have tested positive are being investigated by public health,” Nimmo said. “If you are found to be exposed during the investigation, public health will immediately contact you. If you are contacted by public health, please immediately respond to them. However, we encourage you to recognize the fact that any person you meet could be contagious without showing symptoms. Therefore, you need to adhere to the stay at home order, the CDC directive to wear masks anytime in the public, only venture out for essentials and only one family member should go out. This will help to protect yourself and your loved ones.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. However, the most effective measures for preventing further spread of COVID-19 is to stay home when you are sick, maintain physical separation between other people while out in public, wear a cloth mask while out in public and frequently wash your hands with soap and water and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when they are not available.