First Reported Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Jackson, Williamson Counties

First Reported Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Jackson, Williamson Counties

JACKSON COUNTY — The Jackson County Health Department confirmed a report late Wednesday that there has been a COVID-19 case confirmed in the county.

The individual, a woman in her 50’s, is doing well and at home in isolation according to a press release from the health department. It is believed the woman was exposed to the virus after recent travel to another state.

The Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department confirmed the report of the first  novel Coronavirus case in Williamson County Thursday morning.

The number of COVID-19 cases across Illinois has more than doubled in the last 48 hours. There were 105 reported cases as of Monday and as of Wednesday afternoon, there are now 288 cases in 17 counties, not including the two cases already mentioned.

An EMA official in Jefferson County told Withers Radio News Wednesday evening that there are still no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County.

National health officials are warning residents to act as if you are infected with the virus to protect others around you. They say social distancing, frequent hand-washing and other frequent sanitary measures are crucial to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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