Now in the third week of Phase 4, Macoupin County residents continue to return to work, play and church. Remaining vigilant in our efforts to reduce COVID-19 continues to be important as 20 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed during the past two weeks and several outbreaks in surrounding counties have been confirmed.
The Macoupin County Public Health Department staff continue to provide testing for both COVID-19 and antibodies, contact tracing for confirmed cases, and education and support to businesses, schools, and organizations.
MCPHD staff is currently conducting contact tracing for COVID-19. If a person is identified as someone exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 and they live in Macoupin County, the health department will contact them. Typically, exposure is defined as being within 6 feet of a contagious person for more than 15 minutes. Every effort is made to reach out to every one of the contacts to notify them they have been exposed and to educate them on what to do next.
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is recommending that anyone who has recently been part of a mass gathering, including rallies and protests over the past weeks, get tested for coronavirus disease. The Maple Street Clinic in Gillespie continues to operate as a state-designated COVID-19 testing center open to all persons residing anywhere in Illinois. Pre-registration is required by calling 217-313-5078. Persons tested will remain in their car throughout the process.
In addition to the COVID-19 nasal swab test, the Maple Street Clinic is offering an antibody test to determine if a person has had a past infection of COVID-19. This is a venipuncture draw that will be sent to LabCorp for processing and is covered by most insurances. For antibody testing, please call 217-839-1526 and request to be scheduled for COVID Antibody testing.
According to the CDC, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Every Macoupin County resident can help by wearing a mask in public, social distancing and practicing good hygiene.
The CDC provides the following guidelines on how to protect yourself and others:
- Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Limit contact with others as much as possible especially those who are sick. Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus and some people are at higher risk of getting very sick. According to the CDC among adults, the risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age and/or with underlying medical conditions. The CDC has updated the list of underlying medical conditions for persons of any age as follows:
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
- Immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant
- Obesity (BMI of 30 or higher)
- Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Asthma (moderate to severe)
- Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Immunocompromised from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines.
- Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
- Liver disease
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Thalassemia (blood disorder)
- Type 1 diabetes mellitus
3. Everyone (except children under age 2 and anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance) should wear a cloth face covering when in public settings and around people not living in their household, especially when social distancing is difficult to maintain.
4. Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissue in the trash. Wash hands immediately.
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
The Macoupin County Public Health Department continues to maintain a hotline at 217-313-5078 as means to obtain answers to COVID-19 questions and access testing. Macoupin residents are encouraged to call between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for routine inquiries but the hotline is available 24/7 for emergency situations. During peak calling hours, you may be required to leave your name, contact number and message. A staff member will call you back.
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.
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.gov/covid19.