TWO RESIDENTS TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
Egyptian Health Department was notified on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 of two Southeastern Illinois residents who have tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The individuals, a male in his 30’s of Gallatin County and a male in his 70’s of Saline County. Both are currently asymptomatic and in isolation. This is the fourth confirmed positive of COVID-19 in Gallatin County and the tenth confirmed positive of COVID-19 in Saline County. The Illinois Department of Public Health, their healthcare providers, and the individuals have all been notified and are monitoring the situation. 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.). The number of cases can be reduced by adhering to public health guidance on social distancing, wearing a face covering, washing hands frequently, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, and staying home when you are ill.
Contact: Angie Hampton CEO of Egyptian Health Department (618) 273-3326, Ext 2119 firstname.lastname@example.org
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