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Hamilton County Health Department and Egyptian Health Department Provide Monday CoViD-19 Updates

Hamilton County Health Department has been notified of two additional positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours in Hamilton County residents:

Female in her 30’s

Male in his 40’s

To date:
• There have been 13 lab-confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton County.
• 10 people have recovered.
• 2 people are currently isolating at home.
• One is currently hospitalized.

Hamilton County Health Department continues to investigate each case ensuring the isolation of the positive patient. In addition, Hamilton County Health Department places close contacts that have had exposure to the positive patient
on quarantine for a minimum of 14 days. This would allow symptoms to develop and pass without posing risk to others. If you are contacted by public health officials, please respond promptly.

Egyptian Health Department was notified on Monday, July 27, 2020 of three Southeastern Illinois residents who have tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The individuals include:

 Saline County
o a female, in her 50’s, hospitalized

 Gallatin County
o a female, in her 40’s, at home and in isolation
o a female, in her 40’s, at home and in isolation

To date, Saline County has had a total of 82 lab confirmed positives White County has had a total of 51 lab-confirmed positives, and Gallatin County has a total of 41 lab-confirmed positives of COVID-19. 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.

As a precaution, if an individual has been tested for COVID-19, it’s advised they self-quarantine until their test results are received. If the test result is positive, that person will then be contacted by the Hamilton County Health Department.

The number of cases can be reduced by adhering to the Restore Illinois recommendations, washing hands frequently, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, and maintaining space of at least six feet from others.  The public is asked to follow and share trusted sources of information on COVID19. The spread of incorrect information during disease outbreaks can lead people to take actions which may not be beneficial to their health or health of others.

Refer to trusted sources such as WROY/WRUL Media, the Hamilton County Health Department and Egyptian Health Department Facebook pages, Illinios Department of Public Health, and the CDC. The Illinois Department of Public Health has established a 24-hour COVID-19 hotline 1-800-889-3931.

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