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FOURTEEN RESIDENTS TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Egyptian Health Department was notified over the weekend of fourteen Southeastern Illinois residents who have tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The individuals include:

 

  • Saline County
    • a female, in her teens, at home and in isolation
    • a male, in his 20’s, at home and in isolation
    • a female, in her 20’s, at home and in isolation
    • a female, in her 30’s, at home and in isolation
    • a male, in his 30’s, at home and in isolation
    • 2 males, in their 50’s, at home and in isolation
    • a female, in her 60’s, at home and in isolation
    • a male, in his 60’s, at home and in isolation
    • a female, in her 70’s, at home and in isolation

 

  • White County
    • a male, in his 40’s, at home and in isolation
    • a male, in his 50’s, at home and in isolation

 

  • Gallatin County
    • a male, in his 20’s, at home and in isolation
    • a female, in her 50’s, at home and in isolation

 

To date, Saline County has had a total of 345 lab confirmed positives, including 4 deaths, 196 have recovered, White County has had a total of 171 lab-confirmed positives and 1 death, 147 have recovered, and Gallatin County has a total of 77 lab confirmed positives of COVID-19, including 2 deaths, 67 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 for a minimum of 14 days. Please maintain physical distancing of 6 feet or more at all times.

Public health officials are conducting an investigation of these cases by speaking with individuals who are deemed potential close contacts. As is protocol, public health officials may place other individuals on home quarantine if they are determined to have had significant exposure. Such individuals may not by
symptomatic, but are quarantined for a period of time which allows symptoms to develop and pass, without posing risk to others. If you are contacted by public health officials, please respond promptly.

Close contacts may include individuals:

 Living in the same household as a sick person with COVID-19
 Caring for a sick person with COVID-19
 Being within 6 feet of a sick person with COVID-19 for about 15 minutes, OR
 Being in direct contact with secretions from a sick person with COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed
on, kissing, sharing utensils, etc.).

COVID-19 shares many symptoms with more common respiratory diseases. If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for further guidance. In addition, several COVID-19 hotlines have been established:

 Illinois Department of Public Health
(IDPH)-1-800-889-3931
DPH.SICK.ILLINOIS.GOV

 Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH)
1-844-988-7800

 Ferrell Hospital (Triage Nurse)
(618) 273-2275

 Harrisburg Medical Center
(618)253-7671

 Christopher Rural Health Planning
Corporation Clinic (CRHPC) (Eldorado,
Carmi, Shawneetown)
1-800-408-7351

 Community Health & Emergency
Services (CHESI)
1-877-MYCHESI(692-4374)

The public is asked to follow and share trusted sources of information on COVID-19. The spread of incorrect information during disease outbreaks can lead people to take actions which may not be beneficial to their health or the health of others. Follow the CDC, IDPH, Illinois Coronavirus website, EHD websites and social media accounts for such trusted information.

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