• Thirteen new COVID-19 cases reported in Jackson County

    July 27, 2020
    Jackson County Health Department was notified in the past 24 hours of 13 Jackson County residents
    confirmed to have contracted COVID-19. The individuals are as follows:
    • Female – one teen, and five in their twenties;
    • Male – one teen, three in their twenties, two in their fifties, and one in his sixties.

    They acquired the disease either through contact with known cases or through transmission in the community
    (i.e., unable to trace back to a known source). They are being placed in isolation.

    To date, there have been 542 confirmed cases in the county, including 19 related deaths. 377
    individuals have been released from isolation in accordance with CDC guidelines. 146 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 almost
    daily.

    Of Jackson County cases reported in July, 70% have been individuals in their teens and twenties. Those
    in the community that have influence over the behaviors of individuals in their late teens and twenties
    (parents, employers, peers, clergy, medical professionals) are asked to help communicate to them the
    dire need to follow practices which limit the spread of COVID-19. In addition, Jackson County Health
    Department yesterday issued a “Public Health Alert” to raise awareness in young adults and encourage
    behavior change around social gathering without taking COVID-19 precautions. The alert can be found
    at www.jchdonline.org.

    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. Two providers are conducting COVID-19
    testing of eligible individuals in Jackson County: Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) – Call 1-844-988-7800;
    and Shawnee Health Service – Call 618-519-9200.
    Contact:
    Jackson County Health Department
    618-684-3143