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The Shelby County Health Department announced Wednesday that an additional six Shelby County residents have tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19): A 45-year-old male, 54-year-old male, 72-year-old female, 58-year-old female, 21-year-old male and a 57-year-old male. Two of the individuals are reporting moderate symptoms, four are reporting mild symptoms. The county is now reporting 68 cases.

The department on Tuesday announced that a 61-year-old Shelby County man tested positive for COVID-19 and has been hospitalized.

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.

• 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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