The Shelby County Health Department announced Friday that another resident of the Shelbyville Manor has tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The individual is an 83-year-old female and was retested due to a complication with the first test. Four residents and two staff members have now tested positive.
One of the staff members is a Christian County resident and is not included in the Shelby County totals.
All residents will continue to be monitored and will be retested, should symptoms begin. Countywide, 16 residents of Shelby County have tested positive, one is deceased, ten have been released from isolation and five remain in isolation. Federal privacy restrictions prohibit the release of any additional information.
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.
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.