No challenges to quarantine mandates…yet
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By BETH ZUMWALT
The Pike County Health Department says they have been notified of anyone trying to get a court to decide on the PCHD”s quarantine restrictions.
A group of parents recently petitioned the court in Adams County in an effort to have their children reinstated to school after being placed in quarantine due to a close contact of a positive case. The courts sided with the parents and the children were allowed to return to school.”
“We’ve not had any challenges, yet,” Sharon Bargmann, of the Pike County Health Department, said.”Hopefully, people realize that we are not quarantining people to restrict movement or to be mean, but to protect the public. I know I’d feel terrible, if I discovered I had COVID and I had exposed people, some of who might have gotten terribly sick or even died. At the very least may have had an extended hospital stay.”
Bargeman said as of Tuesday, Pike County has 12 people hospitalized with COVID, with one being on a ventilator.
“We did have three on the vent, but over the weekend, two were able to come off,” she said. “Two people are in ICU. We have 96 active cases in Pike County and 111 people quarantined.”
The good news is that vaccination rates are up.
“We had an average of more than 100 at each of our vaccination clinics during the month of August,” Bargmann, said. “ The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is doing clinics around the county also. They did one at the Farm Bureau and at Green Acres. Right now Pike County s 32 percent fully vaccinated.”
John Wood will host IEMA Sept. 21 for another vaccination clinic.
Bargeman reminds everyone to answer 312-777-1999 if the number comes up on their phone.
“That is a contact tracer calling to tell you you have been exposed.It is not scam,” Bargmann said “
Quarantines can last 10-14 days depending on the exposure.