Moultrie County Confirms First Death and Second Outbreak

Multiple COVID-19 Cases Confirmed

It is with heavy hearts that the Moultrie County Health Department (MCHD) recognizes the first confirmed COVID-19 death of a Moultrie County male resident in his 70s.

“We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends as they mourn the loss of their loved one,” said Angela Hogan, RN, MSPH, Moultrie County Health Department Administrator. “During this time of grief in respect to the family’s privacy, we are not releasing any additional information.”

For the week ending August 28, 2020, the Moultrie County Health Department (MCHD) has identified a total of 25 additional cases of COVID-19. The individuals range from 20s to 70s in age. To date, 156 individuals have tested positive for the virus. A total of 19 Moultrie County residents remain in isolation with four in the hospital.

Of the 25 additional residents confirmed positive for COVID-19, the MCHD and Moultrie County Beacon (MCB) have identified 10 residents and staff associated with an outbreak in one of the Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) homes. All individuals are isolating at home. The MCB has notified all involved guardians, residents and staff. The MCB continues to work closely with the MCHD and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Due to the escalating number of cases, the Moultrie County Health Department strongly encourages individuals and businesses to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities by using the three basic Ws:

  • Watch physical distance and keep six feet from others.
  • Wear a mask when in public places.
  • Wash hands
  • Above all, stay home if ill.

Information on area testing sites can be found at https://dph.illinois.gov/testing.

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