IDPH Reports Three More County Deaths 

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The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported three more COVID-19 coronavirus deaths this week, bringing the total in Montgomery County to six.

IDPH listed two males in their 80s from Montgomery County among the 30 confirmed coronavirus fatalities on Tuesday, and a male in his 50s among the 18 deaths reported on Wednesday.

Montgomery County’s first death occurred nearly four months ago in early April, but the next five have all occurred in the last three weeks.

In total, IDPH reported 1,231 new cases on Monday, another 1,076 new cases on Tuesday, and 1,393 new cases on Wednesday.  Locally, the Montgomery County Health Department reported 141 confirmed cases as of Wednesday, July 29, up eight cases so far this week.

Last week, an IDPH mobile testing team at the former Wright Automotive property next to the health department in Taylor Springs tested over 700 residents for COVID-19 from July 20-26.

“I wanted to thank the many residents for the kindness and hospitality that they gave to my team during our stay,” site manager Tony Camillo of Collinsville wrote to the newspaper.  “Many, many people brought or offered us cold water, ice, shaved ice, cold soda and lots of pizza. Even a generator and large fan was provided for us.  To a person, everyone was thankful and appreciative of our work. Needless to say we don’t get this treatment everywhere we go.”

The governor’s COVID-19 disaster proclamation now runs through Aug. 22, according to a Capitol News Illinois story by Jerry Nowicki on Wednesday.

“Unexpectedly, Pritzker’s Friday executive order–number 47 of 2020–allowed for the opening of schools for in-person learning for the fall term in accordance with Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines,” Nowicki wrote. “Those guidelines specifically noted in the executive order include limiting the number of people in one place to no more than 50; ensuring compliance with social distancing requirements; requiring symptom screenings, temperature checks or self-certification that an individual is free of COVID-19 symptoms; ensuring appropriate hygienic practices including hand washing; and requiring the use of appropriate personal protective equipment by students, staff, and visitors, including the use of face coverings for those over age two who are medically able to tolerate them.”

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