Marion County resident tests positive for COVID-19
Marion County Health Department was notified of a Marion County resident who tested positive for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). The individual, a male in his 40s, is doing well and is at a home on isolation.
Marion County Health Department has begun an investigation of this case, 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 128,415 cases of confirmed COVID-19 in the state. In Marion County, there are now 56 confirmed positive cases and 52 of the positive cases are considered recovered and have been released from isolation.
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 following public health guidance on social distancing, washing hands frequently, wearing masks and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces.
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, St. Mary’s Hospital (SSM) has established a free virtual COVID-19 evaluation at www.ssmhealth.com.
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.