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PRINCETON — A third resident of Bureau County has tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to a news release issued April 3 by health department officials.
The individual, a 77-year-old male, was screened and tested by an area hospital. Public health officials were notified of a positive test, according to state and local public health protocol. The individual is hospitalized at this time.
Public health officials are in the beginning stages of the investigation and are working to identify individuals who were in contact with the case. Federal privacy restrictions prohibit the release of any additional information regarding this case. No further information regarding the investigation is available at this time.
“This is the third confirmed case of COVID-19 in Bureau County and the fourth in counties served by the Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Departments. The first case was reported in Marshall County on March 23,” said Hector Gomez, BPMCHD administrator.
“As more testing becomes available, we expect to see the number of confirmed cases continue to rise in our counties,” Gomez said.
“We cannot over-emphasize the importance of staying at home and physical distancing for persons of all ages. We all need to work together to protect the vulnerable members of our counties from being included in the numbers of seriously ill and dying that we are watching grow each day.”
Residents are encouraged to learn more about COVID-19 and how to protect families and the community from being exposed to the virus:
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Prevent community spread by staying away from crowds.
• Follow the stay-at-home orders.
• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
• Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Individuals who have questions or concerns about COVID-19 can contact the Illinois Department of Public Health Hotline at 1-800-889-3931.
Find more information about COVID-19 at https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/coronavirus/Pages/default.aspx, http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus, and bchealthdepartment.org.