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Five new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Bureau County since Wednesday.
On Wednesday, the Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Departments reported that a 17th resident of Bureau County, a female in her teens, had 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 teenager is recovering in isolation at home at this time.
Then on Friday, the health department reported that four additional residents of Bureau County had tested positive for COVID-19. Public health officials were notified of positive tests, according to state and local public health protocols.
The individuals include a female in her 40s, a male in his 40s, and two females in their teens. All are recovering in isolation at home at this time. They are the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st Bureau County residents to test positive.
Public health officials are in the beginning stages of the investigations 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 have now been 27 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the counties served by the Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Departments.
Bureau County has had 21 confirmed cases, including one death. Marshall County has had five confirmed cases. Putnam County has had one confirmed case. The first case in the three-county region was reported in Marshall County on March 23.
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% 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 1-800-889-3931.
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