Week Ending Aug 21 – COVID-19 Update for Moultrie County

Moultrie County Remains at Warning Level for 2nd Straight Week

SULLIVAN, IL, August 21, 2020 – For the week ending August 21, 2020, The Moultrie County Health Department (MCHD) has confirmed a total of 16 new cases of COVID-19. These individuals range from 6-90 years in age and include individuals related to the Sullivan Rehabilitation and Health Care Center (SRHCC). Public health officials have notified all close contacts.

On Wednesday, August 12, SRHCC identified 20 Moultrie County residents and staff who were positive with COVID-19. This week, five more residents and two staff members all of whom reside in Moultrie County have been confirmed positive for COVID-19. Of the SRHCC cases, four individuals are hospitalized with one in the ICU. The rest are recovering in isolation in their residence. The SRHCC continues to work closely with the MCHD and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

To date, 2,914 Moultrie County residents have been tested for COVID-19. Of those tests, 131 have been confirmed positive for COVID-19. A total of 37 Moultrie County residents remain in isolation due to COVID-19.

For the second straight week, Moultrie County has exceeded the acceptable positivity rate set by the IDPH for COVID-19 activity. These numbers occurred during the week of August 8-15, 2020, and include the SRHCC situation along with elevated numbers from community-based transmission. For more information, visit the IDPH county metric map at https://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics?county=Moultrie.

The Moultrie County Health Department is asking all 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

The CDC recommends that individuals who are experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms stay at home and away from other people until:

  • At least 10 days have elapsed since symptoms first appeared and
  • In the last 24 hours the individual has been fever-free without fever-reducing medication and
  • Symptoms have improved.

People with weakened immune systems may need to self-isolate longer than 10 days.

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

For more information on the Moultrie County Health Department’s news, events and services, please visit www.moultriehealth.org and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moultriecountyhealth.