JEFFERSON COUNTY, IL — The Health Department has been notified of 2 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Jefferson County residents. One is a female in her 80s who is in isolation at a local hospital while the other is a female in her teens. The teen is in isolation at home.
Jefferson County Health Department continues to investigate each case ensuring the isolation of the positive patient. In addition the Health Department places close contacts that have had exposure to the positive patient on quarantine for a minimum of 14 days. This would allow symptoms to develop and pass without posing risk to others. If you are contacted by public health officials, please respond promptly.
To date there have been 34 lab-confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Jefferson County. Two of these have resulted in deaths. Five of the positive cases have now been released from isolation. Public Health officials expect more positive cases to be confirmed locally. The number of cases can be reduced by adhering to the stay at home order, washing hands frequently, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, and maintaining space of at least six feet from others.
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