Health Department: Three More Positives In Washington County

The Washington County Health Department has been notified of 3 additional positive COVID-19 cases in the county, the health department said Wednesday, July 15.

The residents include:

A female in her 50s is isolated at home with mild symptoms. It is thought that she contracted COVID through community transmission at her work.
A male in his 40s is isolated at home with mild to moderate symptoms. It is believed that this person contracted COVID through community transmission.  
A male in his 30s is isolated at home and resolved symptoms.  He was a close contact to a positive case at his place of employment.  

Administrator Elizabeth Lehde said the health department has released 2 individuals from isolation and will be releasing 1 positive cases from isolation to resume normal activities later this week.

Total confirmed cases: 28

4 active
24 released from isolation
0 deaths

Negatives: 900


SAFETY

Continue safe practices to protect yourself and others from disease. (Wash your hands, wear a mask if possible, socially distance) 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.  
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.  
Work on boosting your immune system.  Get plenty of rest.  Drink plenty of water.  Eat healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables.  Exercise several times per week.

 

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.  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 iscontracted while traveling.

 

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*.

 

CASE SUMMARY

 

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 localtesting 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. Loui

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