A female healthcare worker has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Washington County Health Department said Saturday afternoon.
Washington County Health Department has been notified of a new positive COVID case in a Washington County resident. The resident is a female healthcare worker in her 20s, and the department has been in contact with this individual.
According to a press release, the healthcare worker is isolated at home and doing well. WCHD Administrator Elizabeth Lehde said “the department has identified, contacted, and given quarantine orders to close contacts that are connected to this case. This is the county’s sixth positive lab-confirmed case.”
46 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.
COVID-19 has affected all age groups. Protect yourself, your family, and your community from the spread of disease, continue to practice social distancing, hand hygiene, and wear a mask. Limit errands to essentials. Stay home and away from others when you are sick. Treat your symptoms at home when you can. If you need medical care, call your doctor for medical advice.
Lehde also thanked the community “for following public health recommendations and reducing the spread of COVID-19. We are all in this together and need your continued help in keeping Washington County safe.”
This marks the fourth case announcement this week for the county.
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