Three new COVID-19 cases reported in Jackson County
Jackson County Health Department was notified in the past 24 hours of three Jackson County residents
confirmed to have contracted COVID-19. The individuals are all females; one in her twenties, one in her
forties, and one in her fifties. They acquired the disease through contact with known cases or 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 361 confirmed cases in the county, including 19 related deaths. 317
individuals have been released from isolation in accordance with CDC guidelines. Twenty-five 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. 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.
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.