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Saline County Confirms 4th Positive CoViD Case

Egyptian Health Department was notified on Saturday, May 2, 2020 of a Saline 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 fourth confirmed positive of COVID-19 in Saline County. Illinois Department of Public Health, the local healthcare provider, Egyptian Health Department, and the individual have all been notified and are monitoring the situation.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois has risen dramatically over the past week. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), on May 2, 2020, the confirmed total of COVID-19 in the State is 58,005 individuals.

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.

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)
o 1-800-889-3931 DPH.SICK.ILLINOIS.GOV
Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH)
o 1-844-988-7800
Ferrell Hospital (Triage Nurse)
o (618) 273-2275
Harrisburg Medical Center
o (618)253-7671

Clinicians are there to answer questions, assess each caller and advise on next steps.

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, EHDwebsites and social media accounts for such trusted information. Public health officials will not be releasing more specific details about this individual due to privacy issues.

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