The Hancock County Health Department (HCHD) and Memorial Hospital (MH) have received official notice of two additional laboratory-confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Hancock County. A male individual is in his 60’s to 70’s and a female in her 50’s to 60’s, each of these individuals are recovering at home. These cases do appear to be related to other positive cases identified in Hancock County. The Hancock County Health Department will do contact tracing to investigate all possible exposures.
In most cases, COVID-19 causes mild symptoms of fever, cough, and body aches. Some experience shortness of breath. The following symptoms may appear for some who do not typically suffer from seasonal allergies; productive cough or dry cough, sore throat or loss of taste, loss of smell, headache, fatigue and/or weakness, sneezing and watery eyes, sinus pain/pressure. Some individuals may even experience vomiting or diarrhea. Many have no symptoms at all. Older adults and those with chronic health problems like heart disease, diabetes and asthma are at greater risk of developing severe illness which may require hospitalization.
Hancock County Health Department and Memorial Hospital reminds Hancock County residents to take all safety precautions seriously. Governor Pritzker’s stay at home mandate, with the exception of taking care of essential needs. It is important to stay at home if you are sick, wash your hands, cover your cough and sneezes, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, wear a mask or facial covering when in public and cannot practice social distancing.
If you have any signs or symptoms such as fever, coughing or shortness of breath, call the Illness Respiratory Clinic at 217-357-0617 to be screened. Do not walk in.