Marion County residents test positive for COVID-19

September 15, 2020

Marion County Health Department was notified of 33 Marion County residents who tested positive for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). These numbers reflect a 3 day reporting period (9/12/20-9/14/20). They are 6 teens, 2 males in their 20s, 1 male in his 40s, 4 males in their 50s, 1 male in his 70, 1 male in his 80s, 2 girls under 10 years, 2 females in their teens, 4 females in their 20s, 3 females in their 30s, 1 female in her 40s, 4 females in their 50s, 1 female in her 60s and 1 female in her 70s. All are doing well and are on isolation.

Marion County Health Department has begun an investigation of these cases, speaking with individuals who they may have come into close 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 continues to rise. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), there are 262,744 cases of confirmed COVID-19 in the state. In Marion County, there are now 435 confirmed positive cases and 312 of the positive cases are considered recovered and have been released from isolation. The county’s overall positivity rate is 4.2% and the weekly positivity rate (as of 9/5/20) is 6.0%.

The number of cases can be reduced by following public health guidance on social distancing, washing hands frequently, wearing masks, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces and staying home when ill.

Stay home and limit contact with others if you have any of the following symptoms of COVID-19: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. COVID-19 testing can be done through St. Mary’s Hospital (Express Clinic) and Salem Hospital.

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 MCHD websites and social media accounts for such trusted information. Public health officials will not be releasing more specific details about these individuals due to privacy issues.