• Seventy-two new COVID-19 cases in Jackson County

    Jackson County Health Department was notified in the past 24 hours of 72 Jackson County residents
    having contracted COVID-19, our second highest single-day total. The individuals are as follows:
    • Female – four under ten, one preteen, four teens, twelve in their twenties, four in their thirties, four in their fifties, five in their sixties, three in their seventies, and two in their eighties;
    • Male – four under ten, two preteens, one teen, ten in their twenties, nine in their thirties, one in his forties, two in their fifties, one in his sixties, two in their seventies, and one in his nineties.

    413 active cases are currently being managed. To date, there have been 2,405 cases in the county, including 30 related deaths. Forty-nine individuals were released from isolation, in accordance with CDC guidelines, bringing the total released to 1,962 individuals.

    The entire State was placed on Tier 3 mitigation measures starting today. These measures are aimed at reducing potential exposure to COVID-19 in various types of businesses. In Jackson County, over the past six weeks the number of weekly positive cases increased over 1,100%. The number of COVID patients in hospitals locally is at a record-high, which has negative cascading effects throughout local healthcare systems. One out of every four hospital beds in Illinois is currently occupied by a COVID patient. Bart Hagston, Public Health Administrator, states “We are not asking you to follow the mitigation measures because the government requests so. We are asking the mitigation measures be followed because right now, at this critical time, your community needs you to do so.”

    Residents of, and visitors to, Jackson County should immediately and consistently take the following
    1) Stay home as much as possible. Only go out for work or essential items, if possible.
    2) Avoid parties and gatherings of all sizes - crowds are an ideal environment for spreading COVID-19.
    3) Keep at least 6ft of space between yourself and others as much as possible.
    4) Wear a face mask when around others. The latest research shows cloth masks protect the wearer, as
    well as others.
    5) Stay home if you are sick, even if you only have mild symptoms. Get tested. Self-isolate while
    awaiting test results. Stay home when placed on isolation or quarantine.
    6) Workplaces should follow all guidance published by IDPH and DCEO, as well as the Restore Illinois
    Resurgence Mitigations.
    7) Return calls to public health officials and follow their instructions.

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