Lee County COVID-19 Update: Sept. 21, 2020


LEE COUNTY — The Lee County Health Department will host a COVID-19 mobile testing site from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 50 East Ave., in Amboy. COVID-19 symptoms are not required to get tested and one does not need a doctor’s not to get tested either. There will be no out-of-pocket cost regardless of ability to pay.

Call 708-747-7441 to reserve your testing at Amboy’s mobile location. 

Positive Tests

Between Sept. 15 and Sept. 21, the Lee County Health Department has reported  a total of 28 new cases have been reported and here are the ages that were announced: 8 in his or her 20s, 1 in his or her 30s, 2 in his or her 40s, 3 in his or her 50s, 3 in his or her 60s, and 1 in his or her 80s. Five other reported cases are in Dixon Correctional Center inmates.

This brings the total number of positive cases to 327. Of the 327 cases, 267 have recovered. Currently, there is 1 resident hospitalized due to COVID-19.

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. We don’t want to backtrack from the great work our community has done. 

Also, we’d like to mention the process of contact tracing. If your local health department tries to contact you, please answer or return their call. Some people may feel distrustful or afraid of the term “contact tracing.” This is actually a strategy used for many years in public health to reduce the spread of infectious disease. Contact tracing is a critical piece of our mitigation efforts against COVID-19. More information can be found at this link:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/contact-tracing.html