While the number of new cases and the positivity rate continues to drop, the number of deaths from the post-holiday COVID-19 surge has not.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced five more coronavirus deaths so far this week, making it 33 of the 55 Montgomery County pandemic deaths since the beginning of January.
IDPH announced three more deaths in Montgomery County on Tuesday, Jan. 26–a female in her 50s, a female in her 70s, and a male in his 80s–and two more on Wednesday, Jan. 27–another female in her 50s and a female in her 80s.
As of Wednesday, Jan. 27, the Montgomery County Health Department reported 57 new cases this week for a positivity rate of 3.0 percent since Sunday and a total of 2,435 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.
The Illinois Department of Corrections reports that as of Wednesday, Jan. 27, the number of current cases among inmates at Grahan Correctional Center in Hillsboro is 35, and the number of current cases among staff members is three.
Hillsboro Superintendent David Powell reported that the district quarantine list had dropped to 121 as of Tuesday afternoon after remaining over 150 all of last week, “so we are heading back in the right direction.”
The superintendent also said that 230 Hillsboro and Nokomis school district employees got their first vaccine dose on Saturday, Jan. 23, at Beckemeyer School in Hillsboro, and a second dose is anticipated on Feb. 20.
The Litchfield School District learned on Friday, Jan. 22, that a middle school student had tested positive.