The Moultrie County Health Department (MCHD) announces two additional confirmed cases of Coronavirus-2019. Both individuals are females in their 40s who are currently isolated at home. Public health officials are monitoring the individuals and notifying close contacts of each. The cases are separate and unrelated.
To date, 60 Moultrie County residents have been tested for COVID-19. Of those tests, 51 tests were negative for coronavirus, and five are still pending.
Because this virus is becoming more widespread in our communities, the MCHD cautions everyone to consider themselves at risk for exposure.
The health department reminds everyone to stay at home as much as possible; cover coughs and sneezes; and continue to wash their hands with warm soap and water frequently. Those who are mildly ill should take extra precautions to isolate themselves from others, stay in contact with their doctor and not leave home.
Those at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include people who have a history of:
- Heart conditions
- Chronic liver disease
- Kidney disease undergoing dialysis
- Lung disease, including asthma
- Severe obesity
- Immunocompromised – Many conditions can cause individuals to be immunocompromised such as smoking, cancer treatment, HIV, AIDS or prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications.
In alignment with recent CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health recommendations, the MCHD is encourages individuals to practice safe social distancing when out in the public and to wear facemasks when safe social distancing is not possible.
For more information on COVID-19, as well as the Moultrie County Health Department’s events and services, please visit www.moultriehealth.org and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moultriecountyhealth.