The Washington County Health Department reports a new lab-confirmed coronavirus, or COVID-19, case, the department said Monday afternoon.
The resident is a female healthcare worker in her 60s, who is isolated at home with mild symptoms. The health department said it will continue to follow up with all of its active cases as well as the ones that have been closed. One previously confirmed case was released from isolation earlier Monday, according to WCHD Administrator Elizabeth Lehde.
To date, there have been 207 negative results have been reported to the health department.
Lehde said the summary of the county’s 16 confirmed cases is as follows:
14 released from isolation
“Continue following the stay-at-home orders and practice social distancing when out in public,” Lehde said. “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 are contacted by the health department should return calls quickly, Lehde said, as the health department is working hard to identify those at risk and to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These tracking practices help public health officials determine when, where, how, and who is most at risk of transmitting and contracting Coronavirus.
“As we move forward in resuming activities, this information will be more important than ever to understand what will be safe to do and what puts us most at risk,” Lehde said.
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