COVID-19 Update: Jackson County reports one case, Franklin and Williamson report 14, two deaths

By Staff Report, News Desk

Update: This story was updated at  7:28 p.m. on 9/22/2020 to reflect updated case numbers.

Jackson County Health Department reported one new case of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

This case was a woman in her 60s.

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As of Sunday, there have been 1,247 confirmed cases in Jackson County and 24 deaths, according to the release and 1,158 individuals have been released from isolation in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Franklin and Williamson counties announced  two deaths and 14 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday.

Williamson County is on the Illinois Department of Health’s list of counties at warning level for the sixth week in a row, according to a Bi-County Health press release issued Friday.

A county is considered to be at warning level status when it reaches two or more risk indication thresholds for measuring COVID-19.

Williamson County exceeded two thresholds, new cases per 100,000 people and number of COVID-19 deaths reported in a week, according to IDPH.

A warning is triggered if a county has over 50 new cases per 100,000 county residents; last week, Williamson County had 185 cases per 100,000 residents.

A warning is triggered if deaths per week are increasing instead of decreasing or stable. Williamson County reported nine deaths last week (Saturday-Sunday).

The release attributed the warning level status to an increase in outbreaks associated with college parties, weddings, large gatherings, travel between states, bars and clubs, and transmission between household members who are not isolating at home.

The release said cases associated with schools are beginning to be reported.

IDPH announced 1,531  new COVID-19 cases and 30 deaths statewide on Tuesday.

SIU Carbondale reported 33 new active cases on Wednesday. These cases include five on-campus students, 27 off-campus students, and one faculty or staff.

The Jackson County Health Department asks all residents to follow public health guidelines by wearing a mask in public, maintaining social distance, avoiding social gatherings, washing hands frequently and working with health department officials as they conduct contact tracing.

If you are experiencing fever, cough, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle aches, loss of taste or smell, nausea or diarrhea, you should contact your healthcare provider for further guidance.

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