Marion County residents test positive for COVID-19
Marion County Health Department is reporting 40 Marion County residents who tested positive for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). They are 1 boy under 5 years, 1 male in his teens, 1 male in his 20s, 4 males in their 30s, 3 males in their 40s, 2 males in their 50s, 3 males in their 60s, 1 male in his 70s, 1 girl under 13 years, 2 females in their teens, 5 females in their 20s, 3 females in their 30s, 3 females in their 40s, 1 female in her 50s, 3 females in their 60s, 4 females in their 70s and 2 females in their 80s. All 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 999,288 cases of confirmed COVID-19 in the state. In Marion County, there are now 3,321 confirmed positive cases and 3,005 of the positive cases are considered recovered and have been released from isolation. The county’s overall positivity rate is 7.7% and the weekly positivity rate is 9.9%.
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.
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.