• Third Individual in Jackson County Tests Positive for COVID-19

    March 30, 2020
    Jackson County Health Department was notified this morning of a Jackson County resident who tested positive
    for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). The individual, a male in his late teens, is doing well and is at home on
    isolation. This is the third laboratory confirmed positive of COVID-19 in Jackson County. He is believed to have
    been exposed through contact with another individual with the disease. This individual is not allowed to leave
    home until he is well and can no longer transmit the disease.

    Public health officials have begun an investigation of this case, speaking with individuals who he may have come
    into contact with before this diagnosis. Through this investigation, public health may place other individuals 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.

    The number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois has risen dramatically over the past week. According to the Illinois
    Department of Public Health (IDPH), there were 3,026 individuals confirmed with COVID-19 in Illinois as of March
    27, 2020.

    We can expect more cases to be confirmed locally, as the number of tests being conducted is increasing. The
    number of cases can be reduced 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.

    The public is asked to follow and share trusted sources of information on COVID-19. The spread of incorrect
    information during disease outbreaks can lead people to take actions which may not be beneficial to their own
    health or the health of others. Follow the CDC, IDPH and JCHD websites and social media accounts for such
    trusted information. Public health officials will not be releasing more specific details about this individual due to
    privacy issues.
    Bart Hagston, Administrator