Three Facilities Named In COVID-19 Outbreak

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Christian-Montgomery County EMA Director Greg Nimmo identified outbreaks at a church and a day care in Litchfield and a long-term care facility in Hillsboro on Thursday, July 9, a day in which the Montgomery County Health Department reported 13 new positive COVID-19 coronavirus cases.

According to the health department, the number of cases in Montgomery County increased to 76, up 13 from the previous day and up 35 (85 percent) from June 26 when Phase 4 began.

According to Nimmo, the health department confirmed that as of Wednesday, July 8, 25 people with a direct link to Cornerstone Ministries in Litchfield have tested positive over a three-county area.

“If you were at this facility from June 21 through June 28, regardless of how you are feeling, contact the Montgomery County Health Department for guidance at 217-532-2001,” Nimmo said.  “This facility is to remain closed to the public until further notice from the health department and proper cleaning is done.”

Four staff members have tested positive after an initial case at Lily Pad Learning Center in Litchfield.  Nimmo said owners have been working with the health department, all staff and many children have been tested, and the facility has been on summer vacation for additional cleaning.  He anticipates it will re-open on Monday, July 13.

Tremont Ridge Assisted Living in Hillsboro also has a resident and employee with positive test results and has been in contact with the health department.

“As a reminder, COVID-19 is an active virus in our counties,” Nimmo said.  “Chris-Mont EMA encourages social distancing, wearing of masks to protect others when social distancing is not possible, frequent hand washing and the cleaning of common touch areas regularly.”

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