The Shelby County Health Department announced Monday that 10 additional county residents have tested positive for COVID-19: A 56-year-old male; a 44-year-old male; a 32-year-old female; a 74-year-old female; a 37-year-old female and a 76-year-old male, all presenting mild symptoms. A 79-year-old male is hospitalized. A 43-year-old female, a 73-year-old-male and a 43-year old male all have moderate symptoms.
For the week ending Aug. 22, Shelby County’s positivity rate was at 9.3%, with weekly positives rate per 100,000 population exceeding 50 per 100K to 193 per 100K. Shelby County has been designated by IDPH at Warning level for coronavirus disease – one of 30 counties in Illinois, including Effingham County, so designated. A county enters into a “WARNING LEVEL” when two or more risk indicators for COVID-19 exceed the targeted indicators.
The county now 208 residents that have tested positive for COVID-19.
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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.
• Shortness of breath
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.
• Wear a mask indoors around people and outside when you can’t socially distance.
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 others and animals in your home.
• Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day. This includes counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, phones, keyboards, tablets, mote controls and bedside tables