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The Shelby County Health Department on Thursday announced the fifth Shelby County resident to test positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The resident is an 87-year-old female and is currently self-isolating at her residence. The woman was tested at HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital and immediately ordered to self-isolate.

Health Department officials are working to identify all close contacts with this individual. Federal privacy restrictions prohibit the release of any additional information.

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. Only high-risk patients that meet strict criteria are being tested at this time.

• 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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