The Moultrie County Health Department (MCHD) has confirmed the 18th case of the novel coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19) in Moultrie County. The patient is a female in her teens and is recovering in isolation. Public health officials are notifying all close contacts.
To date, 1170 Moultrie County residents have been tested for COVID-19. Of those tests, 18 have been confirmed positive for COVID-19 and 16 have been released from isolation.
As we enter into Phase IV of the Restore Illinois Plan, it is important that everyone continues to use the following precautions to reduce the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 infection:
- Wash their hands routinely
- Avoid touching their face
- Bypass nonessential trips into the public
- Keep children at home
- Maintain a physical distance of six feet from others
- Wear a mask in public when physical distancing is not possible.
According to the CDC, symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus-19 infection may appear from two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. These symptoms include:
- Dry cough
- Body aches
- Sore throat
- Loss of smell or taste.
It is important to note that individuals infected with COVID-19 can transmit the virus to others up to 48 hours before displaying any symptoms.
If an individual is ill with symptoms associated with coronavirus and needs medical or emergency care, they should notify their physician or emergency medical service providers of their symptoms prior to arrival.
Individuals should immediately seek medical attention if they experience difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, confusion, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, or a bluish color in the lips or face.