COVID-19 Update: Jackson County reports 11 new cases, two more Illinois regions moved to additional mitigations

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Dustin Clark | @dustinclark.oof

Jackson County Health Department reported 11 new cases of COVID-19, with 95 active cases currently being managed on Tuesday.

As of Tuesday, there have been 1,442 confirmed cases in Jackson County and 25 deaths, according to the release, and six individuals have been released from isolation in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Franklin and Williamson counties reported 53 new cases; statewide, the Illinois Department of Health reported 3,714 confirmed cases on Tuesday. 

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Following Gov. JB Pritzker’s announcement on Monday of Illinois Region 5 moving into additional COVID-19 mitigations, which will go into effect on Oct. 22, two additional regions were announced today to implement further mitigations.

Illinois Regions 7 and 8, including Will, Kankakee, Kane and DuPage Counties will all move into additional mitigation on Friday, limiting in-person gatherings to 25 percent and prohibiting indoor restaurant and bar service.

As flu season approaches researchers are worried there will be peaks of flu and COVID-19 cases at the same time according to UCSF.edu. The next Flu Shot Clinic will be held on Tuesday, October 27 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m at the Student Services Building in Carbondale, Ill.

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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