BY SHELBY NIEHAUS
On Wednesday, April 8, the Effingham County Health Department reported two new positive cases of COVID-19, and the Fayette County Health Department reported one.
In Effingham county, one woman in her 30’s was reported positive; officials noted that she was at home in isolation and was doing well. The second case, a man in his 60’s, had died while hospitalized outside of the county. “Both individuals reported exposure to someone with COVID-19,” reads an ECHD press release on Facebook.
Meanwhile, Fayette county reported its fourth case of COVID-19, this being a “case in a congregate care facility” within the county. FCHD officials, in keeping with previous policies not to release additional identifying information on COVID-19 cases, did not say which congregate care facility was affected, but said that residents and staff members were notified.
FCHD also issued the following statement on congregate care viral control: “those in congregate care facilities should not be gathering together for activities or for dining. Residents and staff should continue to be screened and have temperature checks. Employees should be screened before a shift, every four hours of the shift, and notify their supervisor if they have possible COVID-19 symptoms. Employees should also wear masks and eye protection when caring for residents, use proper hand washing hygiene, the use of PPE, and cleaning and disinfecting every two hours, if possible.”
Fayette county has performed 50 negative tests, and has six pending results.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,529 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, as well as 82 new deaths. Cases have been reported in 78 counties.