• Fifteen new COVID-19 cases reported in Jackson County

    July 29, 2020
    Jackson County Health Department was notified in the past 24 hours of 15 Jackson County residents
    confirmed to have contracted COVID-19. The individuals are as follows:
    • Female – five in their twenties, one in her thirties, and one in her forties;
    • Male – one preteen, three in their twenties, two in their thirties, and two in their forties.

    They acquired the disease either through contact with known cases or through transmission in the community
    (i.e., unable to trace back to a known source). They are being placed in isolation.

    To date, there have been 573 confirmed cases in the county, including 19 related deaths. Twenty-one
    individuals were released from isolation, in accordance with CDC guidelines, bringing the total released
    to 408 individuals. 146 active cases are currently being managed. Please note, the case numbers
    reflected on the Illinois Department of Public Health website may not always align with these figures, as
    cases are being opened and closed almost daily.

    Of Jackson County cases reported in July, nearly 70% have been individuals in their teens and twenties.
    Those in the community that have influence over the behaviors of individuals in their late teens and
    twenties (parents, employers, peers, clergy, medical professionals) are asked to help communicate to
    them the dire need to follow practices which limit the spread of COVID-19. In addition, Jackson County
    Health Department on Sunday issued a “Public Health Alert” to raise awareness in young adults and
    encourage behavior change around social gathering without taking COVID-19 precautions. The alert can
    be found at www.jchdonline.org.

    If you have a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle aches, loss of taste or smell, nausea or
    diarrhea, call your health care provider for further guidance. Two providers are conducting COVID-19
    testing of eligible individuals in Jackson County: Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) – Call 1-844-988-7800;
    and Shawnee Health Service – Call 618-519-9200.
    Contact:
    Jackson County Health Department
    618-684-3143