5th COVID-19 Case Reported in McDonough County

The McDonough County Health Department (MCHD) announces that a fifth McDonough County resident has tested positive for COVID-19. The resident is a male in his 50s. He is isolating at home and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols have been implemented. This case is not related to any of the other four positive cases within the county. Public health officials are working to identify and actively monitor individuals who were in contact with the resident in an effort to reduce the risk of additional transmission. MCHD is working closely with our local hospitals, healthcare providers, Emergency Management Agency, first responders and county partners to respond to COVID-19.

To date, Illinois has had 36,934 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 96 counties with 1,688 deaths. With community spread of COVID-19 occurring across Illinois, all residents should take precautions to minimize transmission of illness. MCHD strongly urges all residents to follow recommendations set forth by CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), including wearing cloth face covers when in public, social distancing and continuing to abide by the Stay at Home Order issued by the Governor for the health and safety of the entire community. Cloth face covers, when properly worn, are an important control to keep asymptomatic individuals from spreading the virus inadvertently to others. By disregarding recommendations, community members are putting the most vulnerable at risk of disease, and quite possibly even death. Guidance for making and cleaning sewn & non-sewn cloth face covers can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV.

Symptoms reported among patients have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, shivering while sweating, muscle ache/pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of sense of taste and/or smell. Public health officials are encouraging the public to remain vigilant about keeping germs from spreading by covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands with warm soap and water, and staying home when sick. If a person is experiencing unmanageable symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath, they should call their primary healthcare provider or the McDonough District Hospital’s nurse telephone hotline at (309) 836-1715. This hotline is operating from 7 a.m.-7 p.m 7 days a week.

Additional Resources:

Get the most up-to-date local information at the McDonough County Emergency Information Facebook page, the MCHD Facebook page, www.mchdept.com, and www.MDH.org/COVID19.

For information on actions you, your school, workplace, and community can take, please visit CDC’s Steps to Stay Safe from COVID-19.

For general questions about COVID-19, call the Illinois COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email [email protected], or visit http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-zlist/coronavirus.

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