Two Deaths, 161 New COVID Cases Last Week

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The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced two more COVID-19 coronavirus deaths in Montgomery County on Thursday, Nov. 12, the 18th and 19th since the pandemic began.

According to IDPH, the deaths were a male in his 60s and a female in her 80s.  The deaths are the second and third coronavirus fatalities in Montgomery County in November after three in October and five in September.

According to the Montgomery County Health Department, 161 new cases were confirmed in the county during the past week for a weekly positivity rate of 7.6 percent.  As of Sunday, Nov. 15, the total number of confirmed cases in Montgomery County since the beginning of the pandemic is 898.

Both the Litchfield and Hillsboro school districts announced positive cases among students and staff at the end of last week

In Litchfield, Superintendent Dr. Greggory Fuerstenau announced a positive student at Russell School and another at Litchfield High School on Thursday, then a positive teacher at Colt School on Friday along with the quarantine of a classroom, another teacher, and the building principal.

“Following our conversation with the Montgomery County Health Department, it was determined that the district is able to hold classes on Monday, Nov. 16, in all rooms except the quarantined classroom,” Dr. Fuerstenau said.

Hillsboro announced three more positive tests at the end of last week: a high school student and junior high teacher on Thursday, and a bus driver on Wednesday.

According to Superintendent David Powell, three students on the bus driver’s bus were quarantined, but the high school student and junior high teacher had already been quarantined by the health department the previous week due to possible exposure, so neither was at school during the time that would require contact tracing.

“This is a perfect example of how the system should work,” Powell said.  Since these two were quarantined in a timely manner, there was no further spread nor any additional quarantines from close contacts at school.”

According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, 74 of 83 confirmed cases among staff members at Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro have recovered, as have 28 of 29 cases among inmates.

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