Three More COVID-19 Cases Brings County Total To 24

The Washington County Health Department has been notified of three new lab-confirmed positive coronavirus cases, the department said on Monday, July 6.

The Washington County residents include a female in her 50s who is isolated at home with mild to moderate symptoms. The case is believed to have been contracted the virus through community spread.

The next confirmed case is a man in his 50s who is isolated at home with mild symptoms. He is said to be a close contact with a previously confirmed case.

The third case is a female in her late teens who is isolated at home with mild symptoms. She is also believed to have been a close contact with another previously confirmed case.

The health department also said that a previous positive case from the county has been released from isolation and is now able to “resume normal activities.”

The summary of the county’s 24 cases are

4 active

20 released from isolation

0 deaths

The latest cases bring the total number in one week to five, which is the second highest spike that the county has seen throughout this pandemic.

Health Department Administrator Elizabeth Lehde continued to urge residents to practice social distancing and hand hygiene to keep yourself and others safe, and wear a mask if you are not able to socially distance.  If you are at a higher health risk or do not feel comfortable in participating in activities, take extra precautions to stay safe during this time. 

More information from the health department:

TRAVEL

As cases increase across the country, be cautious if planning travel.  Information about domestic and international travel, including infection rates and tips to stay safe can be found at:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

To monitor county information on current positive cases, deaths, and positivity rate, visit http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics.

WATCH FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.

*Although not an officially recognized sign, many of our positives report their first symptom as a “tickle” in their throat*.

For testing, contact your healthcare provider or find local testing sites at https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/testing-sites .   There is also an open testing site at the Jackie Joyner Kersey Center in East St. Louis.

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