Randolph County sees first confirmed cases, IL stay at home order extended

Over the weekend, the first officially confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in Randolph County, with the number jumping up to six cases reported on Tuesday. Also, earlier this week, the state opted to switch schools to remote learning and extended the stay at home order through April.

Last Friday afternoon, Randolph County Health Department Administrator Angela Oathout noted that Gilster Mary-Lee Corporation had notified the health department reporting that an employee who resides in Perry County, Missouri and works in the company’s Chester office had tested positive for COVID-19.

While the Perry County Missouri Health Department will monitor that employee, Oathout added “Any employees who may have been in close contact have been asked to remain at home in isolation for a period of 14 days and monitor their symptoms.”

In addition, “Gilster Mary-Lee will continue to interview employees and monitor temperatures to determine if anyone else is at risk. GLM Corporation is working closely with the Department of Public Health and following all the appropriate next steps to ensure employee and public health.”

As of last Friday, Oathout noted that in Randolph County 29 individuals had been tested, and at that point there were no positive cases.

By Sunday though, that had changed.

On the morning of March 29, Oathout reported that the health department had been notified of the first two positive cases in the county. She added that they were contact related cases.

For more information, please see this week’s print edition.