Two More Deaths, 66 Cases Last Week

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Coronavirus resulted in two more deaths, 66 new positive cases, and suspension of in-person classes at two schools in Montgomery County last week.

On Sunday, Nov. 1, the Montgomery County Health Department announced the 17th and 18th COVID-19 deaths in the county, capping a week in which 66 new cases tested positive for a rate of 4.7 percent.

In total, 259 new cases tested positive in Montgomery County during the month of October alone; the county had 375 positive tests during the first six months of the pandemic.

“As cases rise, so are the number of patients who require hospitalization,” Christian-Montgomery EMA Director Greg Nimmo said on Friday.  “While our hospitals are prepared for those needing care, we are urging the public to take COVID-19 seriously."

“A concern at the four hospitals currently occurring is an increasing difficulty to place critical patients to larger hospitals that are close to our counties. The larger hospitals are balancing critical patients and an adequate number of staff to care for these patients. As admissions–both for COVID-19 or other health reasons–increase, the effect on local hospitals is that patients may need to be sent to hospitals farther away from the family such as St. Louis or Peoria.”

After a positive COVID-19 test on the Lincolnwood campus in Raymond resulted in the quarantine of several staff members on Thursday, Oct. 29, the Panhandle School District closed in-person learning for seventh through 12th grade students on Friday, Oct. 30, until Monday, Nov. 16.

Grade schools in Farmersville and Raymond, as well as the Lincolnwood sixth grade class will remain open, according to Panhandle Superintendent Aaron Hopper.

“Lincolnwood students in seventh through 12th grades will be expected to participate in on-line learning daily,” Hopper said.  “Assignments, activities, and assessments will be required and will count for grades.”

The Hillsboro School District announced that two high school teachers tested positive on Wednesday, Oct. 28, and a high school student tested positive on Friday, Oct. 30.

“This brings our total number of known COVID-positive students to date to 15 and staff to five,” Superintendent David Powell said.

Because the weather has turned colder, morning COVID screening stations at Hillsboro School District buildings will now be indoors and on buses instead of outside.

“It is becoming increasingly difficult to get reliable temperature readings outside,” Powell said.  “Upon entering the buildings, students will be directed to screening station areas where they will have a few minutes to warm up before temps are taken.”

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