The Moultrie County Health Department (MCHD) has confirmed one more case of the novel coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19) in Moultrie County. The individual is in her 70s and is recovering at home in isolation. Public health officials have notifying all close contacts.
To date, 1,610 Moultrie County residents have been tested for COVID-19. Of those tests, 37 have been confirmed positive for COVID-19 and 27 are no longer in isolation.
It is important for all individuals to self-monitor for possible COVID-19 symptoms which may include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
It is also possible to be infected with the virus and have no symptoms. For this reason, the CDC recommends physical distancing and masks to help reduce the risk of transmission.
To minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission, the health department is asking everyone use the three basic Ws:
- Watch physical distance and keep six feet from others.
- Wear a mask when in public places.
- Wash hands routinely.
Along with physical distancing, the CDC strongly recommends wearing a mask to cut the risk of disease transmission. Those for whom a mask is not recommended include: children under the age of two, individuals who are oxygen dependent and those individuals who are incapacitated or unable to remove their mask without assistance.
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.
Information on area testing sites can be found at https://dph.illinois.gov/testing.