COVID-19 Test Site Will Be In Litchfield

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Free COVID-19 testing will be in Litchfield at the end of the week, Christian-Montgomery EMA director Greg Nimmo announced on Friday.

A drive-through test site hosted by the Montgomery County Health Department will at the Litchfield Community Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 3-4.  Testing is open to anyone of any age with no appointments necessary and no insurance or out-of-pocket expense.

Litchfield Superintendent Dr. Greggory Fuerstenau announced on Friday that “one individual associated with Litchfield Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19.”

Contact tracing began immediately, and the health department contacted any students or staff members who needed to quarantine before classes begin on Monday.

“I am asking that everyone should monitor his or her health and stay at home if symptoms develop,” Dr. Fuerstenau said.  “Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed.  If your child has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19 or has been in close contact with a family member who has been tested and is awaiting results, please keep the child at home and notify his or her Litchfield school.”

The number of cases continues to rise at Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro.  The Illinois Department of Corrections reported 26 confirmed staff cases as of Sunday, Aug. 30, with five of those cases recovered.  Two of the three confirmed cases among incarcerated individuals have recovered.

As of Saturday, the Montgomery County Health Department reported a total of 242 cases in the county to date, an increase of 28 in the past week.  Those 28 new cases represented a positivity rate of 2.4 percent of the those tested during the past week, the same overall positivity rate in Montgomery County since testing began in March.

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