The Montgomery County Health Department is offering free COVID-19 rapid testing through Litchfield Family Practice Center, available on Saturdays and Sundays in December from 1-3 p.m. or until 40 tests have been completed, whichever comes first.
According to the health department, the antigen tests will be done in a first come, first served drive-through format. Those tested will be notified of their results the same day, but the health department cautions that a negative rapid test does not qualify a person for a shortened quarantine period under new CDC guidelines.
Those in line waiting for the free tests should not block any entrances or exits; 3 p.m. is the cutoff and anyone still in line at that time will not be tested. Those with questions may contact the health department at 217-532-2001.
As of Tuesday, Dec. 8, the health department reported 44 new positives this week for a positivity rate of 10.7 percent since Sunday and a total of 1,270 confirmed coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
The Hillsboro School District reported on Tuesday that a high school teacher and eighth grade student tested positive.
Contact tracing on the teacher resulted in two students being quarantined while contact tracing on the student resulted in 26 students and three teachers being quarantined.
The Nokomis School District learned on Wednesday, Dec. 9, that a high school student who was last in attendance on Friday, Dec. 4, tested positive.