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11 new cases of COVID-19 in Taylorville senior apartments, officials say

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TAYLORVILLE — Officials on Sunday reported an increase of 11 cases of COVID-19 in Christian County, all linked to the Rolling Meadows Senior Apartments in Tayvlorille. 

This brings the total number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease to 13 in Christian County. Of the two previously reported cases, officials had said Saturday that one was in the apartments and that other residents would be tested. 

"The apartment complex has been placed on quarantine as a protective measure," the Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency said in a statement Sunday. "No visitors will be allowed until further notice. The residents are being monitored daily by public health."

Officials had said Thursday that both previously reported cases in Christian County were linked to services held March 15 at Crossroads Apostolic Ministries in Taylorville. The congregation has fewer than 50 members. 

The Rolling Meadows property is run by owned by Lutheran Social Services of Illinois and is an affordable living apartment building for senior adults subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

 "As an organization whose mission is grounded in community, we offer prayers for all residents who live in the Rolling Meadows apartment complex," the Lutheran Social Services organization said in a statement released Saturday.

Public health authorities are investigating other exposures that may have taken place, the agency said. 

"Any further notifications determined through the investigation will be made as appropriate," it said. "We are all in this together, so your support and prayers are much appreciated."

Montgomery County continues to report one positive case, which was first confirmed Saturday. County Board Chairman Evan Young has issued a disaster proclamation to help with coordination of resources and response activities, officials said. 

Contact Allison Petty at (217) 421-6986. Follow her on Twitter: @allison0512


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