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The Shelby County Health Department announced Monday that six additional county residents have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19): A 61-year-old male and a 37-year-old male both with moderate symptoms. A 25-year-old female. A 27-year-old male and a 57-year-old female all three with mild symptoms. A 34-year-old female who is hospitalized.

State metrics reported for the week end August 8: Shelby County’s positivity rate was at 5.4% with a “WARNING LEVEL” for weekly positives per 100,000 population exceeding 50 per 100K to 87 per 100K. For week ending August 15: Shelby County’s positivity rate is now at 7.7%, with weekly positives rate per 100,000 population exceeding 50 per 100K to 133 per 100K.

If Shelby County’s weekly positivity rate exceeds 8%, the County will be designated by IDPH at Warning level for coronavirus disease. A county enters into a “WARNING LEVEL” when two or more risk indicators for Covid-19 exceed the targeted indicators.

The county now has 156 residents that have tested positive for Covid-19. Currently, the state has 20 counties at “WARNING LEVELS,” including Moultrie County.

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 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.

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