Just two weeks ago the health department learned of the first confirmed positive COVID-19 case in Macoupin County. Staff at the health department continues to implement procedures designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The health department urges anyone experiencing symptoms to first contact their primary care physician. If a person does not have a physician, they can call the Maple Street Clinic at 217-839-1526.
Due to the strict guidelines on testing patients through the Illinois Department of Public Health lab, the health department still is only permitted to ize for testing of inpatients and patients living in a congregate setting, such as a long term care facility, jail, 亚洲真人娱乐视讯homeless shelter, or similar environments.
Criteria for who can be tested by Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) like the Maple Street Clinic have changed to include high-risk Illinoisans with symptoms. These groups include individuals with COVID-19 consistent symptoms that live in temporary shelters and those individuals who are older age (>60) or have known chronic health conditions that put them at risk for complications of COVID-19, but no known exposure.
The new criteria also include front line workers contributing to the maintenance of essential community services like grocery store clerks or licensed childcare facility workers with consistent symptoms as well as individuals with COVID-19 consistent symptoms and known exposure to individuals with positive tests or exposure to individuals with consistent symptoms who would be treated differently based on COVID-19 test results.
If a physician feels that it is necessary to test a patient, they can collect the nasal pharyngeal swab and send it to a private lab for testing, such as Lab Corp or Quest Diagnostics.
At the Maple Street Clinic location, sick visits are being conducted car-side with full PPE to reduce infection risk inside the building. Medical and behavioral health staff has begun the temporary transition to mostly telehealth appointments. Dental services continue to be limited in order to minimize exposure and preserve PPE. Direct Macoupin County Transportation Service questions to 217-839-4130.
Persons with concerns regarding Macoupin County food establishments should call the Macoupin County Public Health Department Environmental Department at 217-839-4101 or 217-839-4111. Callers should leave a detailed message which will be returned in the order they are received.
Persons with concerns regarding any public or private gathering of any number, should contact their local police department or the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department.
Due to wide spread COVID-19 cases throughout our county, the health department is reiterating what is stated in Section 3 of the Governors Executive Order that states any public or private gathering of ANY number of people is prohibited.
Planned public gatherings jeopardize the safety of our community members. The organizers are liable for potentially encouraging the spread of COVID-19 instead of halting it. There are many members throughout the community that may be asymptomatic at this time and are potential carriers for this deadly virus. The health department continues to ask everyone to do their part by following the “Shelter-in-Place” order from the Governor. The more cooperation we receive the sooner we can all get back to our normal lives.
We recognize that stress is an unavoidable part of our daily lives. While life can never be stress-free, we can learn how to manage stress in a productive way. For tips to reduce stress or to speak to a counselor, Macoupin County residents can call the Macoupin County Public Health COVID hotline at 217-313-5078. Additionally, the Illinois Department of Human Services’ Mental Health Division has launched a free of charge emotional support text line, Call4Calm, for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19. Individuals can text “TALK” to 5-5-2-0-2-0. They will receive a call from a counselor. Individuals can also text 5-5-2-0-2-0 with key words such as “unemployment” or “food” or “shelter” and will receive information on how to navigate and access supports and services.
A Macoupin County COVID-19 hotline is available at 217-313-5078. Persons can access the hotline at any time but are encouraged to call Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. when the hotline is fully staffed. The public can also call the Illinois Department of Public Health hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email email@example.com. To see up-to-date statistics about COVID-19 cases in Macoupin County, visit and like Macoupin County Public Health Department’s Facebook page or, for state-wide statistics visit https://www.dph.illinois.gove/covid19.