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Additional Coronavirus Cases Reported

The Washington County Health Department has been notified of two (2) new additional positive COVID cases in Washington County residents, the department said Thursday afternoon.  

WCHD Administrator Elizabeth Lehde said in a release, that the first reported new case is a male in his 30s who is hospitalized and stable, and the second reported case is a female in her 70s, who is doing well at home.  Both patients are isolated and close contact tracing is being done to identify those who may have been in contact with these individuals. Quarantine orders are being given appropriately. These two cases are linked to each other; however, there is no known exposures to other positive cases, leading us to believe this has been a community transmission.

39 negative lab tests on county residents have been reported to the health department.

“We anticipate to see a continued increase in positive cases in Southern Illinois in the coming weeks,” Lehde said. “Protective actions are needed to contain the spread in the community. Continue to practice social distancing, limit errands to essential business only, continues hand washing and cleaning surfaces regularly.  Stay home if you are sick and call your healthcare provider if you are not able to treat your symptoms at home. 

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

The news comes a day after a man in his 30s from Washington County was reported positive. The total cases now has reached five, and no other cases are linked.


  1. Editor on April 16, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    The article has been corrected. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

  2. Anonymous on April 16, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    Contradiction. You stated these last two are linked, but then you very last remark stated five cases reported and no cases are linked…???

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