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The Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Departments announced Sunday that a 10th resident of Bureau County has tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Public health officials were notified of a positive test, according to state and local public health protocol. The individual is a woman in her 50s who is recovering in isolation at home at this time.
Public health officials are in the beginning stages of the investigation and are working to identify individuals who were in contact with the case. Federal privacy restrictions prohibit the release of any additional information regarding this case.
No further information regarding the investigation is available at this time.
There are now 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the counties served by the Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Departments.
Bureau County has had 10 confirmed cases. Marshall County has had four confirmed cases. Putnam County has no confirmed cases.
The first case was reported in Marshall County on March 23.
Eight of the 14 cases have recovered.
Residents are encouraged to learn more about COVID-19 and how to protect families and the community from being exposed to the virus:
• Stay at home except for essential travels.
• Avoid close contact with people you must meet in the public — at the store or pharmacy
• Stay away from crowds and groups of people that are not members of your household.
• Wear a face mask or other face cover in public
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Individuals who have questions or concerns about COVID-19 can contact the Illinois Department of Public Health Hotline at 800-889-3931. The local health department’s website is bchealthdepartment.org.
61 tests in 61356 ZIP code
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health website, as of Tuesday morning, 61 coronavirus tests had been performed for residents of the 61356 ZIP code area (Princeton), which extends into the rural countryside in several directions. There have been six positives within the 61356 ZIP code area, the website states.