• Fifteen new COVID-19 cases reported in Jackson County 7.30.2020

    July 30, 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 – four in their twenties, one in her thirties, one in her forties, on in her fifties, and one in
    her seventies;
    • Male – three teens, three in their twenties, and one in his thirties.

    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 588 confirmed cases in the county, including 19 related deaths. Nine
    individuals were released from isolation, in accordance with CDC guidelines, bringing the total released
    to 417 individuals. 152 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 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