Hospital, Church, Day Care Impacted By Virus

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The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Montgomery County has now attacked Hillsboro Area Hospital,  Christian-Montgomery County EMA Director Greg Nimmo announced in a press release on Saturday, July 11.

Two days earlier, Nimmo had identified outbreaks at a church and a day care in Litchfield and a long-term care facility in Hillsboro, a day in which the Montgomery County Health Department reported 13 new positive COVID-19 coronavirus cases.

According to the health department, the number of cases in Montgomery County increased to 85 on Sunday, July 12, more than double the 41 cases in the county on June 26 when Phase 4 began.

On Saturday, Nimmo reported three positive cases in employees at Hillsboro Area Hospital.

“Contact tracing is being conducted to attempt to determine where the employees may have been exposed to individuals for transmission to have occurred,” Nimmo said, noting that the hospital is working with his office and the health department for resources to help secure patients and staff, and to develop a contingency plan if there  are more positive test results. “This hospital, as always, is fully functional and open for walk-in and emergency traffic needs of the community.  Visitation, however, is tightly restricted.” 

According to Nimmo, the health department confirmed that as of Wednesday, July 8, 25 people with a direct link to Cornerstone Ministries in Litchfield have tested positive over a three-county area.

“If you were at this facility from June 21 through June 28, regardless of how you are feeling, contact the Montgomery County Health Department for guidance at 217-532-2001,” Nimmo said.  “This facility is to remain closed to the public until further notice from the health department and proper cleaning is done.”

Four staff members have tested positive after an initial case at Lily Pad Learning Center in Litchfield.  Nimmo said owners have been working with the health department, all staff and many children have been tested, and the facility has been on summer vacation for additional cleaning.  He anticipates it will re-open on Monday, July 13.

Tremont Ridge Assisted Living in Hillsboro also has a resident and employee with positive test results and has been in contact with the health department.

“As a reminder, COVID-19 is an active virus in our counties,” Nimmo said.  “Chris-Mont EMA encourages social distancing, wearing of masks to protect others when social distancing is not possible, frequent hand washing and the cleaning of common touch areas regularly.”

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