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The Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Departments are reporting that a fifth resident of Marshall County has tested positive for COVID-19.
The individual is a male in his 40s, and is recovering in isolation at home.
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.
There have now been 20 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the counties served by the Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Departments. Bureau County has had 15 confirmed cases. Marshall County has had five confirmed cases. Putnam County has no confirmed cases. The first case was reported in Marshall County on March 23.
Residents are encouraged to learn more about COVID-19 and how to protect families and the community from being exposed to the virus:
Stay at home except for essential travels.
Avoid close contact with people you must meet in the public – at the store or pharmacy.
Stay away from crowds and groups of people that are not members of your household.
Wear a facemask or other face cover in public.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Avoid touching your 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.