COVID-19 Claims First Montgomery County Life

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A Montgomery County man lost his life to COVID-19 coronavirus, according to a press release issued Saturday, April 4, by the Christian County Coroner’s office and Christian-Montgomery County EMA.

The victim, a male in his 50s, is from Montgomery County but died in Christian County.  The name is being withheld.

As of Sunday afternoon, Montgomery County had three positive cases and one death, 16 pending tests, and 73 negative tests, according to the Montgomery County Health Department. Seventy of the state’s 102 counties now have confirmed cases.  Neighboring Montgomery County as of Sunday, Madison County had 48 confirmed cases, Sangamon County 29, Christian County 20, Macoupin County 5, Bond County 3, Fayette County 2, and Shelby County still has none.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 16 deaths on Thursday, 53 on Friday, 33 on Saturday and 31 on Sunday for a total of 274 coronavirus deaths–all in the past three weeks–and 11,256 total confirmed cases in the state.

Christian-Montgomery County EMA Director Greg Nimmo reported on Thursday that his office had received its first partial shipment of “personal protective equipment” (PPE) from the state on Wednesday, and began getting the equipment out to public safety responders.

“As emergency managers, we understand the toll this pandemic crisis is having on each of you,” Nimmo said. “We urge you to ensure the safety of you and your family. There have still been groups of kids observed that are out and about hanging with their friends. We strongly encourage you to ensure that your kids are aware of the stay at home order and do not let them run about without direct adult supervision and guidance.”

“We also ask you for your understanding and consideration regarding the issue of not releasing additional individual identifiable information about a confirmed positive COVID-19 case or death,” Nimmo said. “We are bound by federal law and we will continue to comply with HIPAA privacy standards as required with individuals. Any time a COVID-19 case is identified, the health department does a thorough investigation to determine if there are any other possible exposures. Anyone fitting the category of being an exposure of COVID-19 patient or fatality will immediately be contacted. If you have not received a call, you do not need to concern yourself with a positive patient report. 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 and protect yourself and your loved ones.”

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