A second Christian County resident has tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus, Christian-Montgomery County EMA Director Greg Nimmo announced during a press conference at noon on Thursday, March 26.
The patient had originally gone to a local hospital but has been transferred to a hospital in Springfield. According to Christian County Health Department Administrator Denise Larson, the patient is in stable condition and improving.
Larson said the same “contact tracing” process used when the first Christian County confirmed case was announced on Friday, March 20, would be used again in the second. It remains unknown whether there is a connection between the two cases.
“COVID-19 can effect anyone, regardless of age or gender,” Larson said.
On Friday, Nimmo announced a “personal protective equipment” (PPE) drive at local fire departments set for Saturday, March 28, from 9-11 a.m. for local first responders.
“Any items donated should be unused or in original packaging,” Nimmo said. “The items needed are N-95 or higher filtered masks, surgical masks, paper/plastic gowns or Tyvek suits, safety glasses, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes. Please do not bring any other items for donation than the ones listed. The privately sewn masks are not needed for this drive.”
As of Thursday morning, Montgomery County had 18 pending tests, no positive tests, and 17 negative tests. Christian County has two pending tests, two positive tests, and 17 negative tests.
“We ask Montgomery County residents to not become complacent just because there are no positive tests in this county or with anyone you know,” Montgomery County State’s Attorney Bryant Hitchings said, acting as public information officer during the Thursday press conference. “Remember to continue to use proper hand-washing technique. Wash for at least 20 seconds with soap and water before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or after going to the bathroom. If your hands are not visibly soiled, you could also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and dispose of it immediately. Avoid touching your face, particularly your nose, mouth and eyes. Stay home when you are sick, and avoid close contact with people who are sick.”
Those with flu-like symptoms, or those who believe they have come into contact with someone with flu-like symptoms, are encouraged to contact their medical provider.
Montgomery County Health Department Administrator Hugh Satterlee reported five applications for the new volunteer Medical Relief Corps. For an application, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 217-532-2001.
C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation Meals on Wheels is still delivering meals to ages 60 and up in Christian and Montgomery counties. Those who have not previously signed up for this service can still do so. The organization needs volunteers in each community they serve to help deliver meals, as well as monetary donations. Visit www.cefseoc.org/nutrition-services or call 217-342-2193.
Nimmo also asked those who getting exercise by walking outside to still observe social distancing.
“Walking is a great idea during this stay at home order,” Nimmo said. “Please be aware that if you are around someone that does not share the same household as you, you should maintain a six-foot social distancing space as much as possible. That would include walking with a friend.”