The first full week of 2021 was the worst–and the deadliest–for Montgomery County since the onset of the pandemic 10 months ago.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced two Montgomery County deaths on Thursday, two more on Friday, and two more on Saturday. According to IDPH, the deaths on Thursday were a male and a female, both in theirs 60s, and on Saturday, two males, one in his 70s and the other in his 80s. The state did not release information over the weekend on the Saturday fatalities.
Montgomery County statistics for the week were equally bleak: 282 new cases during the week of Jan. 3-9 for a positivity rate of 9.2 percent. As of Saturday, Jan. 9, there have been 2,113 cases of the virus in Montgomery County since the pandemic began.
Additionally, the Illinois Department of Corrections reported that as of Sunday, Jan. 10, there are 585 active cases among inmates at Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro and 28 among staff members.
Free weekend COVID-19 rapid testing at Litchfield Family Practice Center continues through the month of January.
According to the Montgomery County Health Department, the antigen tests are available on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-3 p.m. or until 40 tests have been completed, whichever comes first. Testing is in a drive-through format or walk-in clinic, dependent upon the weather, and is first come, first served.
The health department cautions that a negative rapid test does not qualify a person for a shortened quarantine period under the new CDC guidelines.