Egyptian Health Department was notified on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 of a White County resident who has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The individual, a male in his 30’s, is at home in isolation. This is the second confirmed positive of COVID-19 in White County. Illinois Department of Public Health, the local healthcare provider, Egyptian Health Department, and the individual’s family have all been notified and are monitoring the situation.
Public health officials are conducting an investigation of this case, 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 10 minutes, OR
- Being in direct contact with secretions from a sick person with COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed on, kissing, sharing utensils, etc.).
The number of cases can be reduced by adhering to public health guidance on social distancing, washing hands frequently, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, and staying home when you are ill.