County COVID Cases Continue To Climb


The number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Montgomery County continues to climb–up 17 in the last four days to 121 reported on Sunday, July 19.

The county total is up 80 since Phase 4 began on June 26; Montgomery County had only one positive test result during the four weeks of Phase 3.

Because of the surge here, an Illinois Department of Public Health  mobile testing site will begin operation at 8 a.m. Monday, July 20, in the former Wright Automotive parking lot next to the Montgomery County Health Department on Route 185 in Taylor Springs.

The testing site will remain here for seven days, but hours have changed slightly since announced last week.  The site will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, July 20, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, through Sunday, July 26.

It is open to anyone wishing to be tested.  Appointments are not necessary, but those who wish to be tested will be asked for insurance information, but that is not required.  There is no fee for testing.

“Community based and mobile testing sites have increased access to COVID-19 testing throughout the state, resulting in over 40,000 specimens tested for the second consecutive day,” the Illinois Department of Public Health announced in a news release. “Mobile testing sites will continue to visit counties in Illinois to ensure all residents have access to COVID-19 testing in their communities.”

On Sunday, July 19, the Litchfield Moose posted on social media that a person who tested positive had visited the lodge on Tuesday, July 14, in the evening.

“If you were in during this time please monitor for symptoms,” the post said.  “The lodge is currently closed for a thorough cleaning and we plan to be back open Monday morning following all precautions that have been advised.”

The Montgomery County Health Department reported its second COVID-19 death last week, but that number could increase once death investigations are concluded.

“I don’t post a death until it has been verified,” health department administrator Hugh Saterlee said.  As of Sunday, the IDPH website also had Montgomery County with two COVID-19 fatalities.


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