Number of COVID-19 cases has increased locally over past week

After almost a full week of having no active COVID-19 cases, early this week Randolph County saw several new cases appear. 

On Tuesday, June 23, the county reported for the first time since the end of March that there were no active cases. However, on Monday, June 29, Health Department Administrator Angela Oathout noted that there were three new positive cases. By Tuesday, June 30, the number jumped up to nine active cases in the county.

All of the new positive cases are reportedly recovering at home.

“It is very important that we do not let our guard down during Phase 4,” Oathout stated, pointing out the new phase in the Restore Illinois Plan which began on Friday, June 26. “Practice social distancing, continue to wear a mask when social distancing cannot be maintained, wash hands often or use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available, clean and disinfect hard surfaces frequently.”

She also noted that people with COVID-19 report a wide range of symptoms – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

For more COVID-19 updates, please see this week’s print edition.