Five new cases of COVID-19 infections were reported in White County over the weekend, while Saline County saw an increase of two and one was reported from Gallatin County, according to reports from the Egyptian Health Department.
On Saturday August 8, 2020, Egyptian Health Department was notified of five Southeastern Illinois residents who have tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The individuals include:
Saline County, a male, in his 30’s, case status in progress
Gallatin County, female, in her 30’s, case status in progress
White County, a female, in her 40’s, at home and in isolation, a male, in his 40’s, case status in progress, another a male, in his 70’s, case status in progress
On Sunday, August 9, 2020, a total of three residents testing positive for Covid-19 was reported by the Egyptian Health Department. The individuals include:
Saline County, a male, in his 60’s, at home and in isolation
White County, a female, in her teens, case status in progress and a male, in his 40’s, at home and in isolation
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.