Washington County Health Department Issues COVID-19 Update

The Washington County Health Department released on Thursday an update to the number of confirmed positive coronavirus cases.

The number of positive cases that Washington County remains at fourteen (14) in residents. The last confirmed case was reported on Monday, a healthcare worker in his 40s.

According to Elizabeth Lehde, administrator at the health department, there was an error on the Illinois Department of Public Health site on Wednesday.

“On May 6, 2020 IDPH incorrectly identified a positive result for Washington County because of an incorrect patient address,” Lehde said. “We are working with the state to rectify this error.”

A further breakdown in the number of the test results included 186 negative results have been reported to the department at this time. There has also been five (5) confirmed cases have been or will be released from isolation today and are allowed to resume normal activities.   

The summary of our fourteen (14) confirmed cases are:

  • 1 active

  • 13 released from isolation

  • 0 deaths

Lehde urged residents to social distance: “Continue following the stay-at-home orders and practice social distancing when out in public.  Continue washing your hands frequently.  Avoid group gatherings and events. It is CRITICAL to adhere to isolation and quarantine orders to reduce the spread of this virus. This virus can be passed before symptoms start and from those who have no symptoms at all.”

Those who contacted by the health department should return calls quickly as the health department is working hard to identify those at risk and to protect those that may be impacted. 

Illinois Department of Public Health is posting number of cases by zip code for those having more than five (5) cases.  This information, as well as case and test counts, can be found at http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid19-statistics.

For testing, contact your healthcare provider or find where open testing sites are locally at https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/testing-sites

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