COVID-19 outbreak at Macomb child development center – WGEM

MACOMB Ill. (WGEM) — The McDonough County Department (MCHD) has reported a COVID-19 outbreak at Wesley Christian Child Development Center in Macomb.

MCHD officials said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols have been implemented. Public health officials have performed contact tracing in an effort to reduce the risk of additional transmission.

The Center has temporarily closed to allow for Illinois Department of Public recommended disinfection of the Center and testing of staff & families served.

MCHD officials said an updated list of symptoms reported among patients with COVID-19 includes mild to severe respiratory illness with fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of sense of taste and/or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

As we continue to see our local positive COVID-19 case count rise, MCHD officials said it is increasingly important to take precautions to minimize the transmission of illness.

MCHD strongly urges all residents to continue to wear cloth face covers and practice physical distancing when in public for the health and safety of the entire community. Cloth face covers, when properly worn, are an important source control to keep asymptomatic individuals from spreading the virus inadvertently to others.

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