Coronavirus Markets Vs Science

Shelby County, IL - The Shelby County Health Department on Tuesday announced the second Shelby County resident to test positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The resident is a 69-year-old male and is currently self-isolating at their secondary residence, in Sangamon County. He is a direct relative of the first positive case. Both individuals were tested in Sangamon County and immediately self-isolated at their secondary residence by order of their physician. Health Department officials are working to identify all close contacts with this individual. However, they believe the exposure risk of the public to be low. 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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