Want to get tested? Next week is your chance.
Due to the surge in the number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases here, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will be sending a mobile testing team to Montgomery County all next week.
The team will be set up in the former Wright Automotive parking lot, just west of the Montgomery County Health Department on Route 185 in Taylor Springs, from Monday, July 20, through Sunday, July 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. all seven days.
According to health department Administrator Hugh Satterlee, no appointment is necessary and the tests will be administered at no cost.
“They will ask for your insurance information, or for Medicare or Medicaid if you have it,” Satterlee said, “but there is no out-of-pocket cost to anyone.”
The health department reported the second COVID-19 coronavirus related death in the county this week, one of only six in the state reported by IDPH on Monday.
The number of cases in the county continues to surge–10 more new cases on Monday, four more on Tuesday, and five more on Wednesday–for a total of 104. That total is up 63 (154 percent) since the beginning of Phase 4 three weeks ago on June 26.
Because of the recent surge in cases, the health department recommends churches in the county return to virtual or in-vehicle services for the next two weeks.
Hillsboro Area Hospital continues their precautionary testing of employees, Christian-Montgomery EMA Director Greg Nimmo said on Monday after three hospital employees tested postive over the weekend. Any additional postives will be released when testing of all 250 hospital full-time and part-time employees is completed.
“The hospital is fully functional and open for walk-in and emergency traffic needs of the community,” Nimmo said, “however visitation is tightly restricted.”