• Flood Watch for Epworth - Click for Details
    Expires: February 28, 2021 @ 12:00pm
    PRECAUTIONARY
    A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. If you live in an area prone to flooding, be prepared to take action should flooding develop. Do not enter or cross flowing water or water of unknown depth, and remember, flood waters are harder to see at night. Never cross a barricaded road.
    LOCATION
    Portions of southern Illinois...southwest Indiana and southeast Missouri, including the following areas, in southern Illinois, Alexander, Franklin, Hamilton, Jackson, Johnson, Pulaski, Saline, Union, White and Williamson. In southwest Indiana, Gibson and Pike. In southeast Missouri, Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Perry MO, Ripley, Scott, Stoddard and Wayne MO.
    INFO1
    From 6 PM CST this evening through Sunday morning
    INFO2
    A consistent signal for locally heavy rain is forecast, especially tonight. Storm total average rainfall is forecast to range from one and a quarter to two and a quarter inches in the Watch area and, with thunderstorms forecast, localized higher totals up to 3 inches or more are possible. This amount of cumulative rainfall will be falling on recently soaked grounds from melted snowfall, so the ability to soak in all this expected rainfall will be compromised and likely to cause flood issues.
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Egyptian Health Department Reports 1 White County Death and 61 New COVID-19 Cases Friday

Egyptian Health Department was notified Friday of a White County Resident who has passed away due to complications of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Egyptian Health Department is saddened by this news and their thoughts are with the family.

 

Egyptian Health Department was notified on Friday of 61 new Tri-County residents who have tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The individuals include:

 

  • Saline County (25)
    • 1 female under the age of 10
    • 2 females in their teens
    • 1 male in his teens
    • 2 females in their 20’s
    • 2 males in their 20’s
    • 1 females in her 30’s
    • 1 female in her 40’s
    • 1 male in his 40’s
    • 1 female in her 50’s
    • 3 females in their 60’s
    • 2 males in their 60’s
    • 2 females in their 70’s
    • 1 male in his 70’s
    • 1 male in his 80’s
    • 2 females in their 80’s
    • 2 males in their 90’s

 

  • Gallatin County (4)
    • 1 male in his teens
    • 2 females in their 70’s
    • 1 male in his 70’s

 

  • White County (32)
    • 1 male in his teens
    • 2 females in their 20’s
    • 2 males in their 20’s
    • 1 female in her 30’s
    • 1 male in his 30’s
    • 1 female in her 40’s
    • 4 females in their 50’s
    • 2 males in their 50’s
    • 3 females in their 60’s
    • 5 males in their 60’s
    • 3 males in their 70’s
    • 1 female in her 80’s
    • 3 males in their 80’s
    • 3 females in their 90’s

 

To date, Saline County has had a total of 1,603 lab confirmed positives, including 26 deaths, 576 have recovered, White County has had a total of 1,046 lab-confirmed positives, including 15 deaths, 301 have recovered, and Gallatin County has a total of 297 lab-confirmed positives of COVID-19, including 3 deaths, 133 have recovered. The Illinois Department of Public Health, their healthcare provider, and the individuals have all been notified and are monitoring the situation.

As cases increase, the number of close contacts increases for individuals who need to be quarantined increase. However, the following options to shorten quarantine are acceptable alternatives:

  • Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing and if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring. With this strategy, residual post-quarantine transmission risk is estimated to be about 1% with an upper limit of about 10%.
  • Quarantine can end after Day 7 if a diagnostic specimen tests negative and if no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring. The specimen may be collected and tested within 48 hours before the time of planned quarantine discontinuation (e.g., in anticipation of testing delays), but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than Day 8. In other words, the earliest they could test would be on Day6. With this strategy, the residual post-quarantine transmission risk is estimated to be about 5% with an upper limit of about 12%.

To help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, please answer your phone. Contact Tracers may be calling you to let you know that you have been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 positive. Remember to maintain physical distancing of 6 feet or more at all times.

If you have been tested for COVID-19, please remember that you have to isolate at home until you have received your test results. Please note: If you have received results for a COVID-19 Rapid Test– ???????????????? or ????????????????– you should still ?????????????? until you receive your lab-confirmed results. Help stop the spread of COVID-19 in your community.
IDPH announced that Illinois has 7,377 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 181 additional deaths. Bringing the total to 886,805 confirmed cases and 15,015 deaths in Illinois.
Please remember the 3 W’s
Wear your face covering
Wash your hands
Watch your distance (6 ft!)

Wash your hands frequently. Wear a face covering if you have to go out. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Remain 6 feet apart from others.
#allinillinois #weareinthistogether #socialdistancingsaveslives #stayhome

 

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