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Nine New COVID-19 Cases In Washington County

Coronavirus cases continue to rise in the area as the Washington County Health Department is now reporting nine new cases as the total number of positives at 50.

The residents include two males in their teens, a female in her 20s, a female in her 40s, a female in her 50s, a female in her 70s, a male in his 40s, a male in his 50s and a male in his 80s. All of the cases are reporting mild to moderate symptoms. The male in his 80s is reportedly hospitalized.

Coronavirus was transmitted to these cases through community transmission or close contacts, said Administrator Elizabeth Lehde.

The health department said one case has now been released from isolation and is able to resume normal activities.

Isolation and quarantine orders are given through the interview process and can vary in length based on when the symptoms started, when the person was tested, and when the health department is notified of the positive result.

The summary for Washington County:

15 active

35 released from isolation

1,162 negative results

“We are noticing an increase in community transmission, including social gatherings where safety practices are not followed,” Lehde said. “Follow safety precautions of social distancing, hand hygiene, wear a mask in public, stay away from large gatherings and group that do not have safety precautions in place. It is the responsibility of residents and businesses to keep our communities safe.”

An active case is a lab-confirmed case that is on isolation. Isolation is where a person is ordered to stay home and have no contact with anyone, including anyone in the household, except if in need of medical care or attention. Responders are to wear personal protective equipment. Through interview, a positive case is on isolation at least 10 days at the start of symptoms. A person is released from isolation when they are no longer considered contagious.

The health department said that failure to comply with voluntary isolation and quarantine orders can result in “mandated, court-ordered isolation and quarantine.”

COVID can be spread up to 48 hours before a person starts showing symptoms. Anyone who has been at gatherings where little to no safety measures were in place is at risk at contracting the virus.


  1. Anonymous on August 1, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    Illinois Department of Public Health (and the national databases) breaks it down by Zip Codes in the county…there are only 9 of them – each associated with a city/town in the county.

  2. Anonymous on July 28, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    I wish people would honor the requests of businesses to wear a mask before entering . I wish it would be enforced ,no shirt no ,shoes, no mask no service.

  3. Anonymous on July 27, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    I agree with being informed of at least the city where an outbreak has occurred. It would help us guard up even more in that specific area in question of an outbreak due to lack of respect for other people’s well-being.

  4. Anonymous on July 27, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    It would be helpful if we knew a little more specifically where these community transmission were thought to have been.

    • Anonymous on July 31, 2020 at 2:44 pm

      I agree !!! Washington county is a big county. It would help us to all avoid going where there is an outbreak, even if just one person. I see so many places with people not wearing masks and to me that equals more community spread

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