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Third Positive Case Reported In Washington County

Updated 4-15-20 to include statement about relation to other cases

A health worker from Washington County has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the Washington County Health Department. This is the third reported case in the county.

According to a press release: “Washington County Health Department has been notified of a new positive COVID case in a Washington County resident, a male healthcare worker in his 40s. The department has been in contact with this individual who is isolated at home and doing well. The department is also identifying and contacting any close contacts that are connected to this case. This is the county’s third positive lab-confirmed case. 

39 negative lab tests on county residents have been reported to the health department.  These numbers are only those residents that have been tested for COVID-19 at the lab.”

Illinois Department of Public Health continues to advise that NOT all people with respiratory illness needs to be tested. Even though people may not be tested, doesn’t mean that they do not have COVID-19.  If you are contacted by local public health officials, please respond quickly to help contain the spread of disease. If you have been around someone who is sick, watch yourself for symptoms of illness.

Protect yourself, your family, and your community from the spread of disease, continue to practice social distancing, hand hygiene, and wear a mask. Stay home and away from others when you are sick. Treat your symptoms at home when you can. If you are needing medical care, call your doctor for medical advice.

“Thank you to our community for following public health recommendations and reducing the spread of COVID-19,” WCHD Administrator Elizabeth Lehde said. “We are all in this together and need your continued help in keeping Washington County safe.”

This is the third case in the county. Lehde said Wednesday afternoon that no cases are linked to each other. The other two cases have reportedly recovered.

The Nashville News will continue to update this post as more information is released. You can also read information from experts on our homepage.

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