One new COVID-19 case reported in Jackson County 7.8.2020
One additional case of COVID-19 was reported to Jackson County Health Department over the past 24
hours. The individual, a female in her twenties, acquired the disease through transmission in the
community (i.e., unable to trace back to a known source). She is being placed in isolation.
To date, there have been 339 confirmed cases in the county, including 19 related deaths. 300
individuals have been released from isolation in accordance with CDC guidelines. Twenty 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 on
an almost daily basis.
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. Three providers are conducting COVID-19
testing of eligible individuals in Jackson County: Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) – Call 1-844-988-7800;
Shawnee Health Service – Call 618-519-9200; and SIU Center for Family Medicine – Call 618-536-6621.
The public is strongly encouraged to continue to follow practices which reduce the spread of COVID-19.
These actions include wearing a face mask or covering in public spaces, keeping a distance of 6 ft or
more between yourself and non-household members, washing hands frequently or using alcohol-based
hand sanitizers when hand washing is not available, and cleaning commonly touched surfaces with EPAapproved
disinfectants. In addition, staying home when you are ill is very important to limiting the
spread of COVID-19, and many other infectious diseases.