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The Shelby County Health Department announced Wednesday that three more Shelby County residents have tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19): A 62-year-old male, a 21-year-old female and a 20-year-old female. Two of the individuals are reporting mild symptoms and one is still under investigation. The county is now reporting 91 cases.

Federal privacy restrictions prohibit the release of any additional information.

Meanwhile, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Wednesday announced 1,645 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 16 additional confirmed deaths:

- Cook County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s

- DeKalb County: 1 female 70s

- Douglas Count; 1 male 50s

- Iroquois County: 1 female 80s

- Jefferson County: 1 female 80s

- Lake County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s

- LaSalle County: 1 male 80s

- Madison County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s

- Perry County: 1 female 90s

- Rock Island County: 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s

- St. Clair County: 1 female 90s

- Williamson County: 1 male 80s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 198,593 cases, including 7,672 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 42,098 specimens for a total of 3,189,801. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from August 5 – August 11 is 4.1%. As of last night, 1,525 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 357 patients were in the ICU and 129 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH is now reporting both confirmed and probable cases and deaths on its website. Reporting probable cases will help show the potential burden of COVID-19 illness and efficacy of population-based non-pharmaceutical interventions. IDPH will update these data once a week.

*All data are provisional and will change. In order to rapidly report COVID-19 information to the public, data are being reported in real-time. Information is constantly being entered into an electronic system and the number of cases and deaths can change as additional information is gathered. Information for a death previously reported has changed, therefore, today’s numbers have been adjusted. For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

About COVID-19

COVID-19 is spread from person-to-person by respiratory droplets, which occurs when someone who

is sick coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms for COVID-19 usually appear two to 14 days after initial exposure to the disease.

• Fever

• Cough

• Shortness of breath

COVID-19 Prevention

The best ways to prevent transmission of coronavirus is:

• Practice social distancing, stay at home as much as possible

• Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water

• Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

What to do if you are sick and suspect exposure or infection of COVID-19

COVID-19 testing supplies are limited, and screenings are being performed in consultation with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the CDC.

• Call ahead before visiting your primary care physician (family doctor) to let them know you may have or have COVID-19.

• Monitor your symptoms. Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).

• If you have a medical emergency call 9-1-1, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated, for COVID-19.

• Stay home except to receive medical care.

• Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.

• Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day. This includes counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, phones, keyboards, tablets, remote controls and bedside tables.

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