The McDonough County Health Department, during the COVID-19 pandemic response is working with McDonough county agencies to identify needs, monitor inventory, and distribute Personal Protective Equipment.
To date, the McDonough County Health Department has distributed N95 masks, surgical masks, gloves, gowns, face shields, shoe covers and sanitizer to 29 different county agencies. This coordinated effort to provide PPE will continue for the duration of the McDonough county COVID-19 response.
There, however, continues to be a shortage of isolation gowns for use by front-line staff in congregate settings. The McDonough County Health Department has obtained a pattern for a homemade gown that can be used. Any and all donations of these gowns will be appreciated and will help us keep county front-line staff protected.
The McDonough County Health is department is also continuing to collect donations for homemade cloth masks, thanks to the generous hard work of area crafters, we have been able to provide MDH, MCUSD 185, the YMCA Senior Center and some individuals. The donated supply fluctuates and our office makes every attempt to accommodate requests for masks. You can contact our office to inquire about the availability of masks.
Governor Pritzker has required that all Illinoisans wear face coverings for all Illinoisans in public when 6′ social distancing is not possible. This is a requirement for all indoor spaces.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has provided guidance about face coverings, including how to make them, when to wear them and how to care for them.