Lee County COVID-19 Update: Nov. 16, 2020


LEE COUNTY — The Lee County Health Department has reported that there has been another county resident who has died - a person in his or her 80s. 

The Lee County Health Department is reporting cases in four different locations in Lee County; 15 from the Dixon Correctional Center, 2 from the Jack Mabley Center, 8 from Dixon Healthcare and 18 from Franklin Grove Living & Rehab.

Between Nov. 10-16, the Lee County Health Department has reported a total of 222 new cases have been reported, including the case listed above, and here are the ages that were announced: 5 under the age of 12, 9 in his or her teens, 22 in his or her 20s, 23 in his or her 30s, 10 in his or her 40s, 21 in his or her 50s, 8 in his or her 60s, 4 in his or her 70s, and 1 in his or her 80s. 

This brings the total number of cases to 1,387 as of Nov. 16. Of the 1,387 cases, 810 have recovered. There have been five reported deaths. They also reported as of Nov. 16, 12 residents have been hospitalized.

Mobile Testing

The Lee County Health Department announced the State of Illinois is hosting a community drive-through test site on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the Paw Paw Community Building, 362 Chicago Road, Paw Paw.

Simple nasal swabs will be used, and you will be called with results within 4-7 days. There is no cost for the testing. Bring your insurance card, but you can still be tested even if you don’t have insurance. Anyone can get tested. You don’t have to have symptoms or be sick.

The Unified Command Team would like to remind our community that COVID-19 remains in our area and continues to be a real threat. Some people who have tested positive have had no symptoms or mild symptoms. Others have felt miserable or even been hospitalized.  

Although there are individuals considered at a higher risk for complications due to COVID-19, some otherwise healthy people have also become very sick.  The more the virus spreads & the more cases we have locally, the risk of very ill or hospitalized individuals increases.

Please, for yourself and others, follow the state and federal recommendations.  It’s easy to remember as the 3 W’s:  Wash your hands; Watch your distance; and Wear your mask. 

What to do if you think you have or have been exposed to COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals with symptoms SHOULD NOT GO to health care facilities such as hospitals, clinics, and urgent care centers without CALLING FIRST. Instead, they can seek care by using one of the following options:

Anyone with COVID-19 like symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, chills, sudden loss of taste and or smell and fever) OR who have a risk factor, such as contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, a compromised immune system or a serious chronic medical condition can get a test, even without a doctor’s order. 

• Work in health care facility

• Work in correctional facilities, such as jails or prisons

• Serve as first responders, such as paramedics, emergency medical technicians, law enforcement officers, or firefighters

• Support critical infrastructure , such as workers in grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, gas stations, public utilities, factories, childcare and sanitation. 

Call the KSB Hotline Monday-Friday, 9-5 at 285-7777 to determine eligibility for testing.

Residents can go to the following websites for additional information:

Go to KSB, LCHD, IDPH, or CDC websites.  Lee County Health Department provides regular updates on its Facebook page.

• https://www.ksbhospital.com/coronavirus-outbreak-covid-19/

• http://www.lchd.com 

• http://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus 

• https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html 

• For businesses: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

• Facebook: Lee County IL Health Department

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