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Six New COVID-19 Cases Reporting

Washington County now sits at 35 positive COVID-19 cases, as the health department states that six new cases were reported as of Monday, July 20.

The residents include three females in their 20s; a male in his 70s, a male in his 40s and a female in her 40s. The health department is seeking to contact individuals who hav been identified as close contact and advising those individuals to monitor symptoms.

The summary of the county cases include

8 active cases

27 released from isolation

Health Administrator Elizabeth Lehde said: “There has been an increase in COVID-19 cases being spread by community transmission at social events and gatherings. Contact tracing helps identify those who may be at risk if someone tests positive. This is done to let people know what symptoms to watch for, reduces their resources to others and slows the spread of COVID-19.

“Recently it was identified that there were COVID positive persons at establishments in the area
where safe precautions likely were not being followed,” she said. “COVID can be spread up to 48 hours
before a person starts with symptoms. Anyone who has been at gatherings where little to no
safety measures were in place is at risk of contracting COVID-19 and are asked to 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. If you start with symptoms, isolate immediately and contact your healthcare
provider about getting tested for COVID-19.”

Information impacting the Phase of Restore Illinois, including numbers of new cases,
hospitalizations, and ICU bed availability, is found at .

This data is used to help determine risk of transmission and can impact Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan.

For testing, contact your healthcare provider or find local testing sites at . There is also an open testing site at the Jackie
Joyner Kersee Center in East St. Louis.

Boost your immune system by eating a variety of healthy foods, including Vitamins C and D and Zinc, exercising, getting plenty of rest, and drinking

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