Third County Death Linked To COVID

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The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported a third COVID-19 coronavirus death in Montgomery County on Wednesday, July 22, a day in which confirmed cases in the county increased to 128.

According to IDPH, the death was a female over age 100 and came just over a week after the second county death, a male in his 90s.  The county’s first death was a male in his 50s the first week of April.

Free testing continues here from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday, July 26. Because of the local surge in coronavirus cases, an IDPH mobile site began testing on the former Wright Automotive lot on Monday next to the Montgomery County Health Department on Route 185 in Taylor Springs.  

Over 500 people took advantage of the no-cost test during the first three days–Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Christian-Montgomery EMA Director Greg Nimmo announced on Wednesday that The Pana Medical Group with locations in Pana, Nokomis and Ramsey has temporarily closed following a positive COVID-19 test. All staff members have been quarantined and are currently being tested. 

Contact tracing efforts are currently ongoing by the Christian County Health Department, Nimmo said, and all patients who were in contact with the staff member will be contacted by the health department to determine their level of exposure, quarantine requirements if any, and possible testing guidance. 

“If you have been at the facility recently and are not contacted by public health, your COVID-19 risk would be considered very low,” Nimmo said.  “No further action would be needed by you at this time.”

According to a Wednesday report by Jerry Nowicki for Capitol News Illinois, the Metro East positivity rate as of July 19 was 6.9 percent, creeping closer to the 8 percent positivity rate that could trigger state actions to mitigate the spread, including reverting to closures from previous phases. The other 10 regions in the state ranged from about 2.4 percent in eastern Illinois and 4.8 percent in Chicago.

“I have spoken with local leaders, and I’ve asked them to clamp down on the outbreaks where they are occurring so that the state won’t have to step in,” Gov. JB Pritzker  said, specifically noting a “party bus” in the Metro East that was linked to an outbreak.

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