May 26, 2020
Health Department Announces First Local Case of COVID-19
Clinton, IL – Local health department officials announce their first local case of the Coronavirus today in DeWitt County. David Remmert, Administrator for the DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department said, “although we are still trying to get more information, we are reporting our first case of COVID-19 in a resident within our service area. This individual is a DeWitt County resident, age 20, whose specimens were collected through a lab affiliated with the University of Missouri, where he currently resides. We are working now at collecting other information on the case.”
Health officials continue to urge residents to take precautions. “We have to continue down the course we started and practice those 5 precautionary measures. These remain our best practices at reducing the spread of this illness” Remmert said. These basic precautions include:
- Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently,
- Don’t touch your face,
- Cough and sneeze into an elbow,
- Practice social distancing, and
- If you have any symptoms or any contact with infected others, stay home
“We all need to presume it’s here now and in our communities. Not everyone will get tested because many show no or very mild symptoms,” Remmert added, “social distancing is critical because without symptoms, those who unknowingly have the disease can transmit to others who are especially at risk, the elderly and the immunocompromised.” Testing at this time is only recommended in our area for hospitalized individuals with expanded testing now becoming available in certain areas for those showing symptoms.
On Friday, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced 488 new cases of the disease and 8 additional deaths bringing statewide totals to 3026 cases and 34 deaths.