Thirty-One New COVID Cases So Far This Week

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The Montgomery County Health Department has reported 31 new COVID-19 cases so far this week for a positivity rate of 3.5 percent since Sunday.

As of Wednesday, Oct. 29, the county is up to 604 total confirmed coronavirus cases with 10 pending tests.

“Today Region 3 has reached a positivity rate of 8.1 percent,” Christian-Montgomery EMA Director Greg Nimmo posted on social media on Wednesday. “Yesterday, it was 8.0 percent. Unfortunately, we are on the threshold of new mitigation measures being imposed upon our entire region. None of us want that. We have to work together.”

Nimmo pointed out that in the last 30 days, Region 3 has gone from a 5.3 percent positivity rate to 8.1.

“This virus is demanding on our local resources and hospitals,” Nimmo said.  

“We have to work to get these numbers down by using a common-sense approach. Overwhelming our hospitals and continuing to exhaust their limited staff has to be prevented if at all possible. Currently, this is becoming an issue. With the upcoming cold-weather season when we all go indoors, there is a real concern that this virus will very quickly spread as does the common flu to all age groups and unfortunately to those most vulnerable to severe effects from this virus.

“Please follow the simple local public health and medical professionals’ recommendations of social distancing, wear a mask while in public around others you do not live with and when you are unable to social distance.”

Both the Hillsboro and Nokomis school districts announced positive tests this week.  On Monday, Nokomis Superintendent Dr. Scott Doerr informed parents that a staff member who was at North School on Thursday, Oct. 22, was confirmed positive on Saturday, Oct. 24.  After contact tracing, those who needed to self-quarantine were notified by the health department.

Hillsboro Superintendent David Powell announced Tuesday that a second grade student who was already in self-quarantine tested positive, and a teachers’ aide at Beckemeyer tested positive on Monday.  The aide had not been in the school during the 48 hours that preceded her symptom and testing, so no quarantines resulted.

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