• Nine Additional COVID-19 Positives in Jackson County

    April 27, 2020
    Jackson County Health Department was notified in the past 24 hours of nine individuals diagnosed with COVID-19. These individuals include the following:
    • Male in his twenties;
    • Three males in their thirties;
    • Two males in their forties;
    • Female in her forties;
    • Female in her fifties;
    • Male in his fifties.
    All of them acquired the disease through local contact with known cases. They have all been isolated.

    To date, there have been 66 total laboratory confirmed positives of COVID-19 in Jackson County, including seven deaths. Twenty-five of the positive individuals have been released from isolation, in accordance with CDC guidelines.

    Public health officials are investigating cases, placing positive individuals on isolation and finding out who they may have encountered before their diagnosis. Other individuals may be placed on home quarantine if they are determined to have had significant exposure. Such individuals may not be symptomatic, but are quarantined for a period of time which allows symptoms to develop and pass, without posing risk to others. If you are contacted by public health officials, please respond promptly.

    People can reduce the likelihood of contracting the disease by adhering to the Governor’s stay at home order, washing hands frequently, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, and maintaining space from others when in public.

    COVID-19 shares many symptoms with more common respiratory diseases. If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, call your health care provider for further guidance. In addition, Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) has established a 24-hour COVID-19 hotline at 1-844-988-7800. Clinicians there will answer questions, assess each caller and advise on next steps for evaluation or potential testing.  
    Contact:
    Jackson County Health Department
    618-684-3143