Additional Positive Tests For COVID-19

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

(August 1, 2020 Aledo, IL) The Mercer County Health Department (MCHD) today announced

three additional residents have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total number of

residents testing positive since April 2, 2020 to 69 individuals. COVID-19 deaths remain at zero

for Mercer County. Today's cases include:

* a male in his 20s

* a male in his 80s

* a female in her 30s

Of the 69 positive cases that Mercer County has had since testing began, twenty-six cases are isolating at home and three cases are hospitalized and being followed by MCHD. All other cases have completed their isolation period set forth by IDPH and are no longer being actively followed by MCHD. Due to Federal privacy restrictions, release of any additional information on cases is prohibited.

(July 31, 2020 Aledo, IL) The Mercer County Health Department (MCHD) today announced two additional residents have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total number of residents testing positive since April 2, 2020 to 66 individuals. COVID-19 deaths remain at zero for Mercer County. Today's cases include:

* a female in her 20’s

* a female in her 70’s

(July 30, 2020 Aledo, IL) The Mercer County Health Department (MCHD) today announced twelve additional residents have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total number of residents testing positive since April 2, 2020 to 64 individuals. Today's cases include:

* a female in her teens

* a female in her 20’s

* a female in her 30’s

* a female in her 50’s

* a female in her 60’s

* a female in her 70’s

* a female in her 80’s

* a female in her 90’s

* a female in her 90’s

* a female in her 100’s

* a male in his 80’s

* a male in his 80’s

(July 29, 2020 Aledo, IL) The Mercer County Health Department (MCHD) today announced one additional resident has tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total number of residents testing positive since April 2, 2020 to 52 individuals. Today's case is a male in his 50's.

(July 28, 2020 Aledo, IL) The Mercer County Health Department (MCHD) today announced two additional residents have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total number of residents testing positive since April 2, 2020 to 51 individuals. Today's cases include:

* a male in his 50's

* a male in his 40's

* a female in her 30’s

(July 27, 2020 Aledo, IL) The Mercer County Health Department (MCHD) today announced two additional residents have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total number of residents testing positive since April 2, 2020 to 48 individuals. Today's cases include:

* a male in his 30's

* a female in her 70's

Carla Ewing, Administrator states, “We are asking all of our community to practice what we know slows down the advancement of the virus – physical distancing 6 feet, wearing a face covering, washing your hands frequently, minimizing social gatherings and the other guidelines set forth by IDPH and the CDC.”

Public Health Officials work closely with these residents to identify and inform those considered to be close contacts. For COVID-19, a close contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

Per IDPH: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus/faq

and CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.   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.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you have not already done so, discuss influenza vaccination with your health care provider to help protect you against seasonal influenza.

Wearing a face covering:

You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they must go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.

Do NOT use a facemask meant for a health care worker.

Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.