While more than 67 percent of Illinois population has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and more than 52 percent is fully vaccinated, just over 42 percent of Montgomery County residents are fully vaccinated, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
Over the last seven days, 43 vaccine doses were administered in Montgomery County.
The state also reported on Friday a seven-day state positivity rate of 4.1 percent for Sept. 10-16. Over that same time period, Montgomery County had a 7.4 percent positivity rate, according to numbers provided by the local health department.
The Hillsboro School District reported 11 new student COVID-19 cases last week and two new staff cases.
After a temporary restraining order was granted Friday in Montgomery County Circuit Court stemming from a lawsuit filed on Thursday, masks for students will be voluntary when school doors open on Monday.
“Today a Montgomery County judge issued a temporary restraining order preventing the school district from requiring masks to be worn by students,” Superintendent David Powell communicated on Friday. “Therefore, beginning Monday, Sept. 20, students will not be required to wear masks on school buses or at school.”
After initially indicating the temporary restraining order would impact the district’s test-to-stay policy, Powell corrected that on Sunday.
“There will be no change to our test-to-stay protocols,” the superintendent wrote on Sunday. “Per the IDPH and Montgomery County Health Department, the test-to-stay alternative to quarantines has always been contingent upon both the infected individual and the close contact properly wearing masks during the time of the possible exposure. This has not changed. The mention I gave this in my previous letter was intended to inform parents that when many students stop wearing masks, the test-to-stay option will be offered in far fewer instances.”
Regarding exclusion from school, Powell wrote, “I would also like to clarify that only the health department can quarantine students and the district will not exclude any close contacts involuntarily without such an order being in place. The district will assist the health department in contact tracing and may call parents to ask if they will voluntarily remove their child from school, but that is the end of our role.”