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The Shelby County Health Department on Tuesday announced that four additional county residents have tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19): A 25-year-old male, with mild symptoms; a 23-year-old male with moderate symptoms and an ER visit; a 57-year-old female who has been hospitalized; and a 14-year-old-male with mild symptoms.

For the state metrics ending July 4, Shelby County’s positivity rate was just 0.09 with ER visits less than 0.1%. But data reported in Shelby County for week ending Aug. 8, Shelby County’s positivity rate is at 5.4% with ER visits at 4.2%. That means Shelby County is at a “WARNING” level for "weekly positives per 100,000 population exceeding 50 per 100K" – it is at 87 positives per 100,000 popoulation.

The county now has 112 residents that have tested positive for COVID-19. 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.

• Wear a mask indoors around people and outside when you can’t social 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.

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