The Washington County Health Department announced on Thursday, July 9, that an additional lab-confirmed COVID case was now reporting in the county.
According to the health department, the resident is a female in her 50s who is isolated at home with no symptoms. She was reportedly an undisclosed close contact to a lab-confirmed case.
Administrator Elizabeth Lehde said the public should remain diligent in its efforts to combat the virus and “continue safe practices to protect yourself and others from disease. 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. While masks are recommended to reduce the spread from someone carrying the disease, not everyone is able to tolerate or willing to wear one. As temperatures rise and air quality worsens, those with health concerns and breathing problems have additional strains that make wearing a mask more difficult. “
There have been 804 negative tests reported to the health department. There are three current active cases, and two cases today joined the previous released from isolation with 22 total. There have been no deaths.
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. At this time, IDPH and CDC recommends self-quarantining after returning from areas with higher incidence of COVID-19 to reduce local spread if it is contracted while traveling.
To monitor county information on current positive cases, deaths, and positivity rate, visit http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics.
Symptoms to watch for include 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*.
Negative numbers reflect all residents who are tested, including those being screened for medical care and procedures and for employment purposes.
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.