COVID-19 Update: Jackson county reports six new cases

By Staff Report, News Desk

Updated Oct. 26 at 6:14 p.m.

Jackson County Health Department reported six new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.

The cases included one individual in their teens, one in their 20s, one in their 40s, two in their 50s and one in their 90s.

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As of Monday, there have been 1,553 confirmed cases in Jackson County and 26 deaths, according to the release, and 1,395 individuals have been released from isolation in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Jackson County, along with the other 19 counties in Illinois’ Region Five, began its stricter mitigation measures on Thursday. These mitigations will include measures restricting bar and restaurant occupancy and hours, as well as limiting gathering sizes.

Mitigations will remain in place for a minimum of 14 days, after which the Illinois Department of Public Health will determine if mitigations can be relaxed, need to continue, or need to be strengthened, according to a release from the Jackson County Health Department.

View the full resurgence mitigations here.

Between Oct. 12 and Oct. 18, 316 COVID-19 tests have been conducted through the SIU-SIH testing plan, according to SIU’s coronavirus webpage. Of those, eight were positive, six of which were students and two were faculty/staff.

Additionally, as of Oct. 16, three students were in isolation on campus, according to the page.

Franklin and Williamson Counties reported 19 cases on Monday.

Statewide, IDPH reported 4,729 confirmed cases on Monday and 17 additional deaths.

As of Monday, there have been 378,985 positive cases in the state of Illinois and  9,522 deaths.

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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