Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

(October 29, 2020, Aledo, IL) The Mercer County Health Department (MCHD) today announces twenty-eight additional confirmed cases of COVID-19. This brings the county’s total to 297 cases. The latest cases include:

2 males in their 70s

2 males in their 60s

5 males in their 50s

2 males in their 40s

2 males in their 30s

2 males in their 20s

1 male in his teens

1 female in her 60s

4 females in their 50s

2 females in their 40s

1 female in her 30s

2 females in their 20s

1 female in her teens

1 female under the age of 13

At this time there are 59 individuals isolating at home, all previously hospitalized individuals have returned home. The number of deaths remains unchanged today at 6 individuals. Due to Federal privacy restrictions, release of any additional information on cases is prohibited. Public Health Officials are identifying and contacting all close contacts of these cases.

Carla Ewing, Administrator states, “The rapid increase in cases that we’ve seen the past few weeks is worrisome, as are the numbers of close contacts attributed to these cases that we then see become positive cases themselves. For instance, as of this afternoon, our contact tracing staff is working with over 230 individuals in Mercer County who are close contacts to positive cases. So again, we ask for help from the community to reduce the transmission of this virus by maintaining social distancing of 6 feet or more, wearing a mask in public, and frequently washing your hands. These are the tools we have available to us today to lower these numbers and lessen the risk for all of us.”