Sunday, June 14, 2020

Sixth Coronavirus case identified in St. Joseph

Today, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health, an additional positive case of the Coronavirus was confirmed in St. Joseph. It is the second to be announced this week. Six residents out the 420 members of the community that have been tested so far have tested positive results.

Meanwhile in Tolono, four new cases were identified in that community, bring the total to nine since the start of the pandemic in March. Three hundred and thirty-seven tests with residents from within the 61880 zip code have tested negative so far according to the IDPH.

Champaign County has logged 22,071 tests with just 728 of them coming back marked positive. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is reporting there are 57 active cases with six individuals currently hospitalized. While 662 cases have been declared recovered, there have been nine deaths attributed to the virus.

COVID-19 has a wide range of symptoms. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus mainly as a cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Other symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • If you or a family member has any of the following symptoms, the CDC recommends that you seek medical attention immediately. Those symptoms include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse or have bluish lips or face.

    People who have serious underlying medical conditions and older Americans may be at higher risk for contracting serious complications from COVID-19. The CDC has said those at high risk include:

  • Anyone 65 years of age and older
  • Older adults who live in a nursing home or long-term care facilities
  • Women who are pregnant
  • Individuals with Chronic lung disease or asthma, congestive heart failure or coronary artery disease, diabetes or neurologic conditions that weaken the ability to cough.
  • People with weakened immune systems, those who have undergone chemotherapy radiation for cancer currently or in recent past, people who have Sickle Cell Anemia, anyone with chronic kidney diseases requiring dialysis and those diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver.
  • Also included are individuals who without a spleen or a spleen that doesn’t function correctly or people who are extremely obese with a body mass index (BMI) great than or equal to 40.
  • Free testing is available at Marketplace Mall at the State’s drive-thru COVID-19 testing site. A doctor’s referral, code, or appointment is not needed. Testing is available for anyone from 8am to 4pm, 7 days a week while daily supplies last. For more information call the COVID-19 HOTLINE at (217) 239-7877.

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