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TEN RESIDENTS TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Egyptian Health Department was notified on August 6, 2020, of ten Southeastern Illinois residents who
have tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The individuals include:

  • Saline County
    o a female, in her 30’s, at home and in isolation
    o a female, in her 40’s, at home and in isolation
    o a male, in his 40’s, case status in progress
    o a male, in his 50’s, at home and in isolation
    o a male, in his 50’s, case status in progress
  • Gallatin County
    o a male, in his 30’s, case status in progress
    o a female, in her 60’s, at home and in isolation
  • White County
    o a male, in his 20’s, at home and in isolation
    o a female, in her 60’s, at home and in isolation
    o a female, in her 70’s, at home and in isolation

 

Please note, upon further investigation, a female in her 30’s from White County reported yesterday,
8/5/2020, has been transferred to their county health department.

To date, Saline County has had a total of 127 lab confirmed positives, including 2 deaths, White County
has had a total of 67 lab-confirmed positives, and Gallatin County has a total of 50 lab-confirmed
positives of COVID-19, including 2 deaths. 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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