Jasper County Health Department Response to First Local COVID-19 - April 3, 2020.

The Jasper County Health Department (JCHD) is actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Jasper County. This week, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) confirmed the first laboratory confirmed positive of COVID-19 in Jasper County, a male in his 50’s is doing well and is at home on isolation.

At this time public health officials have began an investigation of this case and will be speaking with individuals who he may have come into contact with before this diagnosis. Through this investigation, public health may place other individuals on home quarantine if they are determined to have had significant exposure. Such individuals may not be symptomatic, but are quarantined for a period of time which allows symptoms to develop and pass without posing risk to others. If you are contacted by public health officials, please respond promptly..

The number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois has risen dramatically over the past week. The most recent data from the Illinois Department of Public Health shows there have been 7,695 individuals in Illinois test positive for COVID-19, including 157 deaths.

COVID-19 shares many symptoms with more common respiratory diseases. If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing call your health care provider for further guidance. The State of Illinois has set up The Illinois COVID-19 Hotline and an email address that provides consistent information, answer questions, share facts about symptoms, and provides up-to-date information from the CDC. Call 1-800-889-3931 anytime or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV. For additional information and current updates on the novel coronavirus situation, please visit the JCHD Facebook page. The public is asked to follow and share trusted sources of information on COVID-19.

COVID-19 tests are NOT done at the Jasper County Health Department. We advise you to wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing, disinfect commonly touched surfaces and follow the Governor’s orders to shelter in place. JCHD understands there is high demand for information. We want to provide as much information as possible, but our top priority is investigating all cases and protecting patient confidentiality. We are sharing as much information as we can as soon as we can. For more information, visit Jasper County Health Department Facebook Page or call contacts listed above.