82 New COVID Cases Here Last Week

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The number of weekly COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County continues to rise, with 82 new positives Sunday through Friday last week, Aug. 15-20.

The health department has scheduled three more drive-through vaccination clinics this week–in Hillsboro, Ohlman and Litchfield–plus walk-in clinics each Monday and Thursday at their office on Route 185 in Taylor Springs.

Drive-through clinics are scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, at the Montgomery County Housing Authority community building on Shelbyville Road in Hillsboro; 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25 in front of Village Hall on South Washington Street in Ohlman; and 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, in front of the Litchfield Community Center on South State Street.  All three vaccines will be available: Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson.  Pre-registration is not required; bring an insurance card if you have one.

The local health department continues to offer all three vaccinations at their main office on Route 185 in Taylor Springs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each Monday and Thursday.  All three vaccines are available (Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson).  Clinics are walk-in, but if curb-side service is needed, it is available.  Simply call the health department (217-532-2001) upon arrival and tell them you need a shot in your vehicle.

On Thursday and Friday, one high school and two grade school students in the Hillsboro School District tested positive for COVID.

On Thursday, a fifth grader at Beckemeyer School in Hillsboro tested positive resulting in three students who were in close contact while eating lunch without masks being quarantined.  Parents of six other close-contact students chose to participate in the “test to stay” protocol over the next ten days, and all six students tested negative on the first day.

On Friday, all nine close contacts of a positive Beckemeyer kindergarten student  began the test-to-stay protocol with negative results.  Also on Friday, eight of 14 close contacts of a high school positive  have been vaccinated, and the other six will either need to quarantine or test.

“The positive student is also part of our volleyball team,” Superintendent David Powell said.  “One teammate has been vaccinated and one has had COVID in the last 90 days. All other teammates will either need to quarantine or participate in our test-to-stay protocol.”

The Illinois Department of Corrections reported six active coronavirus cases among staff at Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro as of Sunday, Aug. 22, and one active case among inmates.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported that Montgomery County is 40.85 percent fully vaccianted as of Sunday, Aug. 22.  During the past seven days, 44 vaccinations have been administered, and the county has a total vaccine inventory of 1,039.

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