The Whiteside County Health Department and Sterling Moose Family Center are working together after a COVID-19 exposure by a contagious patron who was not showing symptoms. After
working with the location to review the situation we have decided to issue a general release. This is due to the extended potential for exposure, typical visit duration and difficulty identifying all close contacts.
Exposures Only Occurred: Thursday, July 9th between 11:30 am and 4:00 pm
Individuals who visited other times are not at risk due to this exposure. The Whiteside County Health Department believes there is minimal risk to the majority of customers. Individuals most at risk are those who are considered “close contacts”, or those who were within 6 ft of a positive case for 15 minutes or more.
The Whiteside County Health Department and Sterling Moose Family Center advise All patrons who visited the premises during those times take special care to monitor themselves for any symptoms of COVID-19, social distance and mask. Individuals with symptoms or questions should reach out to the Whiteside County Health Department at 815-626-2230 ext. 1216.
What to do if you Don’t Have Symptoms
Individuals who are not experiencing symptoms may not have been close contacts and may not be infected and would not require testing. Because we cannot specifically identify those who are most at risk for contracting the virus, everyone who may have been exposed should take extra care to monitor themselves for symptoms, physically distance themselves (6ft or more) from others and wear a mask when they go out. These individuals should also consider temporarily limiting the frequency and attendance of social gatherings for 14 days after their last possible exposure.
What are the Symptoms and When Could They Start?
Symptoms of COVID-19 can develop 2-14 days after exposure and may include ANY of:
● Fever or Chills ● Headache ● Loss of Taste and Smell ● Nausea or Vomiting
● Cough ● Fatigue ● Congestion or Runny Nose ● Diarrhea
● Shortness of Breath ● Sore Throat ● Muscle or Body Aches
1300 W. 2nd Street – Rock Falls, Illinois 61071 – Phone: 815-626-2230 – whitesidehealth.org