• One Additional COVID-19 Positive Case in Jackson County

    May 19, 2020
    Jackson County Health Department was notified in the past 24 hours of one Jackson County resident confirmed
    to have contracted COVID-19. The individual is a male in his twenties. He is thought to have acquired the disease
    through transmission in the community (i.e., unable to trace back to a known source). He is being placed in
    isolation.

    No new cases were reported on Sunday in Jackson County. One of the four cases reported on Saturday turned
    out to be living in another county, so that case has been subtracted from Jackson County’s total. With the
    additional case today, Jackson County thus remains at 184 laboratory-confirmed cases to date, including ten
    deaths related to the disease. Seventeen additional positive individuals have been released from isolation, in
    accordance with CDC guidelines, bringing the total released to 145 persons. Twenty-nine active cases are
    currently being managed.

    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, wearing face coverings when inside public
    spaces, and maintaining space from others as much as possible.

    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 COVID-19 hotline at 1-844-988-7800, which is open 8 am – 8 pm. 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