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March 30, 2020

3/26/2020 11:49:00 AM
Still no COVID-19 cases in Crawford County
CMH to open respiratory clinic Monday
Crawford Memorial Hospital will open a respiratory clinic Monday for patients who have respiratory symptoms as part of its ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response.

The clinic will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in Suite 200 of the Robinson Rural Health Clinic.

This is not a normal clinic. It will only be open to patients who have respiratory symptoms and need to be seen in person by a provider. Patients will need an appointment and will need to call the clinic upon arrival to let staff know they have arrived.

Patients who have a cough, shortness of breath or a fever need to call their regular primary care provider. They should not just walk in.

The staff will triage patients over the phone and decide the best course of action for the patient.

This could include remaining at home and monitoring symptoms, referral to the respiratory clinic or, in severe cases, possible referral to the emergency room.

Persons who do not have a regular primary care provider, can call the Rural Health Clinic's central scheduling office for an appointment at 544-8500. Those who develop symptoms after hours and believe it is an emergency should call the hospital's main number at 544-3131.

The respiratory clinic will continue to follow the Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines to determine if COVID-19 testing is appropriate. Patients will be evaluated for testing on a case by case basis.

All the other clinics in the hospital's Rural Health Clinic system will be seeing non-respiratory acute patients and other patients they deem appropriate.

There are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Crawford County.

A rumor to the contrary reached the Daily News Wednesday, but according to the Crawford County Health Department and Crawford Memorial Hospital, there has been no change.

CCHD Public Health Nurse/Nursing Supervisor Jenna Lee Thompson said the health department and the Illinois Department of Public Health will inform the public of any cases found here as soon as they are confirmed.

Local healthcare official are grateful how Crawford County residents have responded to the pandemic and efforts to fight it. They are concerned, however, that the longer the county goes without a confirmed case, the more likely residents will stop taking precautions.

"We're working hard to stay on top of things," CCHD Environmental Health Inspector Dara Potts said. "We really apppreciate how the community is complying with social distancing."

"I really worry that people will kind of slack off," Thompson said.

"It's going to happen and people need to take this seriously," she added, explaining the more the public does to limit exposure, the better. "That's going to help tremendously."

The CCHD urges local residents to continue social distancing and sherltering in place.

Also, persons not feeling well and who have respiratory symptoms should stay home for at least seven days after first becaming ill, or 72 hours after their fever has resolved and symptoms are improving, whichever is longer.

Anyone who has a fever, cough, trouble breathing or other flu like symptoms that are not better or are worsening after 24 to 48 hours should consult a physican.

Persons who have mild symptoms and are pregnant, have a weakened immune system, have chronic health conditions or are an over the age of 60 should also contact their doctor.

Pesons who think they need immediate medical attention and believe they might have COVID‐-19, should call ahead to their healthcare provider before going in for care. This will allow them to take the right steps to protect themselves and other patients.

Anyone having a medical emergency needs to call 911. Those who may have been exposed to COVID‐-19 needs to notify dispatch personnel so emergency medical services personnel are prepared.

Testing for the coronavirus is only done on a doctor's orders. Test kits remain limited locally.

The IDPH Wednesday announced 330 new state cases of COVID-19. This included three deaths; a Kane County man in his 90s, a Cook County man in his 60s, and a Will County woman in her 50s.

Douglas, Marshall, and Morgan counties were the latest to report cases. IDPH reported a total of 1,865 cases in 35 counties in the state. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years.

Two correctional officers and one man incarcerated at Stateville Correctional Center have tested positive as well as a contractual worker at Sheridan Correctional Center.

The two Stateville correctional officers are recovering at home and the individual who is incarcerated is isolated and recovering in the hospital. Those who have been identified as being potentially exposed are being quarantined and the facility is on a 14-day lockdown.

After consulting with IDPH, the DOC determined staff and men incarcerated at the Sheridan facility were at low to medium risk for potential exposure. The facility also was placed on a 14-day lockdown.

The majority of Illinois cases remain in Chicago and the collar counties. Otherwise, most cases in the state are in larger urban areas, such as Springfield, Bloomington and St. Clair County, which is across the state line from St. Louis.

Johns Hopkins University reports three cases in Vigo County in Indiana and one in Sullivan County.

Gibson County has one confirmed case, a Toyota Indiana employee. The plant has been sanitized and production is scheduled to resume April 6.

Recent rumors of a positive case in Richland County were unfounded. The closest Illinois case is still from Cumberland County.

Last week, a man in his 70s was diagnosed with COVID-19. He was treated in the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center emergency room in Mattoon. Health officials are working to track his activities.

For updates on IDOC's response to COVID-19,visit www2.illinois.gov/idoc/facilities/Pages/Covid19Response.aspx.

For all personal protective equipment donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov. For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov. Note the hotline does not make decisions about who should be tested for COVID-‐19.





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