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McDonough County announces COVID-19 outbreak, public exposures

MACOMB (WGEM) -- The McDonough County Health Department announced a COVID-19 outbreak and public exposures at a local business on Sunday.

Officials said those who visited Earl's Place/Bowsers in Bushnell, Illinois, on October 8 and 10 should monitor for symptoms and seek testing if necessary.

They said the owner of Earl’s Place/Bowsers has taken many actions to slow the spread of the virus, including cleaning and disinfection of the facility, temporarily closing the facility and cancelling the upcoming Halloween party.

Those seeking testing will be able to access free COVID-19 testing through the Illinois Department of Public Health at the Bushnell-Prairie City High School, located at 845 Walnut Street, on Wednesday, October 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m..

This comes after the state said McDonough County was at a warning level for COVID-19 on Friday.

The metrics that McDonough County exceeded for the week
of 10/4/20-10/10/20 include:

  • New cases per 100,000 people: more than 50 new cases per 100,000 people in the county. McDonough County had 184 new cases per 100,000 people.
  • Weekly test positivity: the 7-day test positivity rate rises above 8%. McDonough County’s test positivity was 8.7%.
  • Tests performed: indicates if more testing is needed in the county. (testing is considered sufficient when test positivity is less than or equal to 8%). McDonough County had 597 weekly tests.
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Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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