Although it was the best week since last fall for the number of new coronavirus cases in Montgomery County last week, the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) reported another COVID death in the county on Thursday, March 11.
According to IDPH, the 71st life claimed by the pandemic here was a male in his 60s.
The Montgomery County Health Department reported only 15 new positive tests last week for a county-wide positivity rate of 0.6 percent for March 7-13. Additionally, the week included two days with no new cases–Monday, March 7, and Thursday, March 11–the first days with no new cases since Sept. 27.
IDPH and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) issued new guidance, according to Hillsboro Superintendent David Powell, that no longer recommends schools conduct symptom screenings such as temperature checks when students and staff arrive on campus.
“All parents are asked to screen their own children for symptoms before sending them to school,” Powell said in a message to parents and employees on Friday. “If your child has any of the symptoms related to COVID you should keep him or her at home and notify your school.”
The new guidance also reduces the minimum for social distancing from six feet to three feet in most situations.
“We will continue to strive for six feet whenever possible,” Powell said. “Masks are still required and the appropriate wearing of masks will continue at school and at all school events.”
As of Friday, March 12, the Hillsboro School District quarantine count was 23.