No New Cases Hopefully Mean Whiteside Efforts Working

Whiteside County is pleased to report no new cases in Whiteside County were identified since yesterday. We are hopeful that this means the community’s efforts and social distancing to slow the spread of this virus are working in Whiteside County. The Whiteside County Health Department thanks all residents and visitors for their hard work, but reminds everyone we are not done. We still need to continue our efforts and give our healthcare systems and manufacturers of personal protective equipment a chance to prepare for the spike in cases we expect after the Stay at Home order expires.

For Whiteside County to continue to keep cases low, we need to continue our efforts, working together to stay physically apart and emotionally connected. Social distancing is the community’s greatest weapon against the spread of COVID-19. Even if you do not have symptoms, you could be a carrier for COVID-19 and infect vulnerable individuals who could
experience serious health complications or death.

This means we should not be getting together with anyone outside of our immediate household unless we are helping to provide medical or other necessary care. Unfortunately, that includes forgoing in-person gatherings with friends and family, in-person religious gatherings, and community events. The CDC believes individuals can spread the virus up to 48 hours before developing symptoms AND up to 80% of cases may have mild to no symptoms. That is why it is so important to follow the Stay at Home
order and limit our contact with anyone outside of our immediate household.

Whiteside County’s current numbers are 27 laboratory confirmed cases. Of laboratory confirmed cases, 5 have recovered and 1 has died with the rest either receiving care or recovering at home.

For general questions about COVID-19 call IDPH’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-889-3931.
Additional information is also available on the Illinois Coronavirus and CDC COVID-19 websites.

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