COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Currently, there are EIGHTY-EIGHT confirmed cases of COVID-19 in McDonough County and ELEVEN COVID-19 deaths.

Forty-two of the confirmed cases have recovered.


MCHD continues to coordinate with local, regional, and state partners. Guidance documents and information updates will be shared here on this web page, as well as our FaceBook page


Western Illinois University’s GIS Center is working with information from IDPH and McDonough County Agencies to update testing  and screening information for McDonough County. 

That information is compiled here in an easy to read pie chart.


Personal guidance for COVID-19 concerns can be found at IDPH:  Who Should I call?

To view the global spread of COVID-19, visit the Locations with Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Global Map from the CDC.  To see the spread of COVID-19 in Illinois, visit IDPH

Illinois Department of Public Health COVID-19 Daily Press Releases



The City of Macomb has issued a Public Service Announcement regarding the water systems in building who’s usage has been minimal or lessened during the Stay at Home Order

The prolonged closure of schools, churches, commercial and industrial buildings has resulted in reduced water usage in these buildings.  Under normal operating conditions, water does not remain in the system long enough for the chlorine to dissipate.  The residual chlorine that is in the water system is what keeps certain pathogens (legionella, coliform bacteria, etc.) from becoming active in the building’s plumbing systems.  This applies to both hot and cold water systems.  In conjunction with the Illinois Section American Water Works Association, we are urging maintenance staff and building engineers to carefully evaluate their internal building water systems and develop/implement a Water Quality Management Plan to ensure the water is safe prior to re-occupying the building. 

More information on how to prepare a Water Quality Management Plan can be found on the City of Macomb website,  or at


General Information

What is COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS, SARS and now with COVID-19. Human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and commonly cause mild to moderate illness in people worldwide. However, the emergence of novel (new) coronaviruses, such as SARS and MERS, have been associated with more severe respiratory illness.

What are the signs and symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms are similar to other respiratory viruses. If you have these symptoms, it does not necessarily mean you have this new virus. Symptoms may include fever (may not always be present), cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure.

How can I protect myself from COVID-19 and other viruses?

  • Stay informed by checking CDC’s website and its social media pages for the most recent information
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap is unavailable
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Practice social distancing
  • Stay home except when absolutely necessary
  • If you do have to go out, wear a mask
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

For additional preventative tips, visit CDC’s Prevention and Treatment webpage.

Seek medical care if you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and have traveled to affected geographic areas or were in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the 14 days before you began to feel sick. Call your doctor, urgent care or hospital BEFORE going; they will give you instructions and ask about your travel history and symptoms.



Page last updated 5/30/20 6:09 PM