The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced another COVID-19 coronavirus death in Montgomery County on Tuesday, Sept. 8, the 11th death in the county caused by the virus and the third in the past week.
According to IDPH, the local victim was a female in her 90s and was one of seven deaths and 1,392 new cases reported in the state on Tuesday. The state reported 1,337 new confirmed cases and 30 deaths on Wednesday.
Eight new cases have been confirmed this week as of Wednesday, Sept. 9, according to the Montgomery County Health Department, for a local positivity rate of 1.8 percent since Sunday. The eight new cases raises the county total to 264 since the start of the virus.
According to Christian-Montgomery EMA director Greg Nimmo, schools are urging parents to not send children to school when they are sick.
“Currently, many schools are sending children home daily because of illness that is discovered when they arrive,” Nimmo said. “Please talk with your children each morning and determine their health status prior to allowing them to go to school. You are asked to please refrain from sending your child to school if they have COVID symptoms.”
Those symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell.
“The Centers for Disease Control and IDPH are ever-evolving currently as new information is learned daily,” Nimmo said. “At times information seems confusing and contradictory. Keep in mind, as local public health and safety entities and schools, our goal is to do the best we can with the information we have to keep kids and staff safe. We daily review the current protocols and procedures. We are unable to rely on 15 minutes of fame internet posts with why this virus is not dangerous or political opinions regarding communicable diseases.”
According to Nimmo, wearing masks, social distancing, and washing hands are some of the best things people can do to help slow the spread of this active virus.
“None of these steps by themselves can completely stop the virus, but they are the best options we have available to us,” he added.