Montgomery County still has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus, the Montgomery County Health Department reported as of Wednesday afternoon, March 25.
The health department reported 18 pending tests, no positives, and 17 negatives as of Wednesday.
Statewide, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 1,865 confirmed cases in 35 counties Wednesday afternoon and 19 deaths. IDPH reported 330 new cases on Wednesday, including three deaths: a Kane County man in his 90s, a Cook County man in his 60s, and a Will County woman in her 50s.
Two correctional officers and one man incarcerated at Stateville Correctional Center near Chicago have tested positive, as well as a contractual worker at Sheridan Correctional Center, north of Ottowa. The two Stateville correctional officers are recovering at home and the individual who is incarcerated is isolated and recovering in the hospital. Those identified as being potentially exposed are being quarantined and the facility is on a 14-day lockdown. After consulting with IDPH, the Department of Corrections determined staff and men incarcerated at the Sheridan facility were at low to medium risk for potential exposure. The facility also was placed on a 14-day lockdown.
“There have been concerns directed to us in regard to medical care and treatments,” Christian-Montgomery County EMA Director Greg Nimmo said Wednesday, “Rest assured–you will receive the care you need, but understand that the COVID-19 pandemic is requiring treatment facilities to change their normal operations. The facility must look closely at this new hazard and adopt procedures to ensure their ability to take care of you. Please call ahead if you have any flu-like symptoms before presenting to a facility and follow their instructions. Please remember that our goal is to not overwhelm our local health care system, and our medical providers who are adapting daily to new challenges. We are all in this together.”
Nimmo suggests those facing a mental health emergency contact the health department at 1-888-324-5052 during the business hours of 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., and the crisis number at 217-313-4730 outside of those hours.
“We would like to address a known rumor,” Nimmo said. “The national guard has been the subject of recent rumors that they are performing some type of policing action to enforce the quarantine. The Illinois National Guard is not being deployed at any level to enforce quarantines. What they are doing is bringing guard personnel to support things like drive through testing and logistics.”
Those who want to help may volunteer for the Montgomery County Health Departments Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Skill sets needed are medical, clerical and administrative. For more information on how to volunteer, email the Montgomery County Health Department at email@example.com or call 217-532-2001.