Kankakee County Sheriff issued the following announcement on March 19.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first positive case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Kankakee County.
It is important to remember that even though there has been a confirmed case this is not cause for panic.
The Kankakee County Health Department is working closely with IDPH, AMITA St. Mary’s Hospital and Riverside Medical Center to prevent further spread of the disease.
We strongly recommend to continue social distancing and other safety measures which include:
Staying home as much as possible If gatherings are necessary, limiting the number of people to 10
Calling to check on family, neighbors, and older adults instead of visiting Checking with your provider about telehealth options if you feel ill.
Remember to continue using proper hand hygiene
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
Do not shake hands. Instead, wave or elbow bump.
Most importantly stay home if you are sick! Avoid the Emergency Department and other places you seek healthcare if you are not severely ill, unless your doctor advises otherwise. Stay home and keep healthcare access available for others with more severe illness.
If you have a respiratory illness, stay home for 7 days after your symptoms started and for 3 days after your fever has stopped without the use of fever reducing drugs, and your cough or sore throat symptoms have improved (whichever is longer).
When you should consult with your doctor:
Fever, cough, shortness of breath or other cold or flu like symptoms and do not feel better after three to four days. Use telephone, text, telemedicine or a patient portal to reach out rather than going to your doctor in person if possible.
You are an older adult or have chronic health conditions of concern (heart disease, diabetes, lung disease) and are exhibiting mild symptoms.
Note: You and your provider will decide if you need to come to medical care. You usually do not need to be tested unless you are admitted to the hospital.
Important notes about getting tested:
Most illness caused by coronavirus is mild. IDPH currently recommends against testing persons with mild illness who can be safely managed at home. The recommendation is to self-quarantine at home stay home for 7 days after your symptoms started and for 3 days after your fever has stopped without the use of fever reducing drugs, and your cough or sore throat symptoms have improved (whichever is longer).
This minimizes possible exposures to healthcare workers, patients and the public and reduce the demand for personal protective equipment.
If you think you have COVID 19 and your illness is mild, and you are not older or with an underlying health condition of concern, you do not need to see your doctor and you do not need to get tested. Getting tested will not change how your doctor will take care of you. If you do not feel better in three to four days, call your provider and discuss next steps.
Do to the limited capacity of testing Riverside Health Care and AMITA St. Mary’s will prioritize testing to those patients with severe acute lower respiratory illness or those who meet IDPH criteria for testing.
For general questions about COVID-19 call the IDPH COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email email@example.com.
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Source: Kankakee County Sheriff