The number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase across Illinois yet there have been no positive cases confirmed in Macoupin County, the Macoupin County Public Health Department reported on Tuesday, March 17. The department continued by saying Macoupin County does not have any COVID-19 cases and does not have any Persons Under Investigation before concluding that the health risk to the residents of Macoupin County remains low.
Macoupin County Public Health Department was notified of a known exposure incident in the northern region of the county on Sunday, March 15. Macoupin County Public Health Department staff have notified and are monitoring all people involved who are at risk. The location of the exposure is being disinfected according to Illinois Department of Public Health requirements. Health Department staff continue to work closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health and work on an ongoing basis to conduct surveillance to identify and test Persons Under Investigation for COVID-19.
Public Health Experts are continuously communicating with and educating health care providers and other public health partners across Macoupin County and the State of Illinois about the current COVID-19 public health concern. COVID-19 has been shown to spread from person to person typically this is through the air by coughing and sneezing. Even though there is no current vaccine for COVID-19, the public is urged to be diligent in helping to minimize exposure and to protect yourself and loved ones.
You can do your part by:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60-95% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick with respiratory symptoms. Close contact is defined as at least 6 feet.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60-95% alcohol.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Avoid congregating in groups of 10 or more people. The March 16, 2020, Executive Order from the Governor of Illinois mandates that all gatherings in the State of Illinois of 50 or more people are prohibited during the gubernatorial disaster proclamation.
- Most importantly, stay home when you are sick.
Call your healthcare professional if you feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with the ongoing spread of COVID-19. To aid in minimizing exposure, call your healthcare professional before entering their office where other people may become exposed. If you do not have designated healthcare professional, you can call the Macoupin County Public Health Department at 217-854-3692 and ask for the Public Health Nurse. The Macoupin County Public Health Department is prepared to triage Persons Under Investigation (PUI) and offer testing in their vehicle to minimize exposure to COVID-19.
For your convenience, the health department has established a hotline. If you have additional questions regarding COVID-19, call the hotline at 217-313-5078 or you can email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. COVID-19 questions can also be directed to the Illinois Department of Public Health Hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or by email at DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV.