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“STARK COUNTY NOTES FIRST POSITIVE TEST FOR CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19)”
The Stark County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the first Stark County resident to test positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The case is a Male in his 50s. Federal privacy restrictions prohibit the release of any additional information regarding this case. Public health officials are identifying and contacting all close contacts.
“The Henry and Stark County Health Department is following all the of guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and taking all the necessary precautions with this case. Our staff is working to identify, investigate, and actively monitor individuals who were in close contact with the patient,” said Duane Stevens, Public Health Administrator of Henry and Stark County Health Department. “We understand this development causes heightened concern; however, the health and safety of our residents is our highest priority.”
Residents are encouraged to be vigilant and continue to take preventative actions to prevent the spread of illness. Everyone has a role to play in staying healthy and keeping others healthy. Remember the 3 C’s – clean, cover, contain.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- If no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.