Egyptian Health Department was notified on Thursday, June 25, 2020 of a potential White County resident who had tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The individual, a female in her 20’s, is doing well and in isolation. This is the fourth 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.
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)
Clinicians are there to answer questions, assess each caller and advise on next steps.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois has risen over the past week. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), on June 25, 2020, the confirmed total of COVID-19 in the State is 139,434 individuals.
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. Public health officials will not be releasing more specific details about this individual due to privacy issues.