A city of Nokomis employee has tested positive for COVID-19, Christian-Montgomery County EMA Director Greg Nimmo announced on Tuesday, Aug. 11.
Contact tracing began after the city contacted EMA and the Montgomery County Health Department to identify any individuals who may have come into contact with the employee.
“Any city employee or member of the Nokomis emergency response community who has been in contact with the affected individual will be immediately tested to determine COVID positivity status,” Nimmo said. “Emergency Services functions in the city of Nokomis will not be impacted in any negative way at this time.”
Those who were recently at Nokomis municipal building to conduct business would not meet the exposure guidelines of less than six feet for more than fifteen minutes, therefore their risk would be low by IDPH protocols, Nimmo said. “As always, you should monitor your health because COVID is a virus that is active throughout our communities. If you should begin to feel ill or have a concern, contact your physician for further guidance.”
After disinfection for the virus, the Nokomis City Building will be open Wednesday morning for normal hours.
As of Tuesday, Aug. 11, the number of cases reported by the Montgomery County Health Department increased one this week, from 176 on Sunday to 177. Statewide, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,319 new cases and one death on Monday, 1,549 new cases and 20 deaths on Tuesday, and 1,645 new cases and 16 deaths on Wednesday.
Nimmo encouraged social distancing, wearing masks to protect others when social distancing is not possible, frequent hand washing and cleaning common touch areas regularly.
“We have the ability to slow the spread of COVID-19 by following these simple protective measures,” Nimmo said.