Commissioners get coronavirus update

An update on the coronavirus, an introduction of the county’s new 4-H coordinator and some “housekeeping items” were the biggest items of discussion at the March 6 Randolph County Board of Commissioners meeting.

Randolph County Health Department Administrator Angela Oathout noted that so far no persons have contracted coronavirus nor are any under investigation in Randolph County. All of the cases in Illinois so far have been in Cook County (Chicago area).

She also wanted to stress that if any individuals are sick, they should call their healthcare provider before going to see them. The healthcare provider’s office will provide instructions on what the individuals should do. This is in an effort to stop potential spread. “Call first so as to not infect others.”

Oathout stated that the health department has been in contact with all of the county’s hospitals and healthcare providers so that they can ask the right questions before an individual goes in to determine if more testing is needed. Dedicated waiting areas are being set up for patients so they won’t infect others.

For more from the Board of Commissioners meeting, please see this week’s print edition.