OTTAWA – A LaSalle County resident has tested positive at the IDPH laboratory for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The case is a female in her teens without a history of travel to an affected area and no connection to a known case of COVID-19. The individual is recovering at home in isolation. Federal privacy restrictions prohibit the release of any additional information regarding this case.
“Be assured the LaSalle County Health Department is following all the of guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Heath (IDPH) and taking all the necessary precautions with this case. Our staff is working to identify, investigate, and actively monitor individuals who were in close contact with the patient,” said Julie Kerestes, Pubic Health Administrator of LaSalle County Health Department. “We understand this development causes heightened concern; however, the health and safety of our residents is our highest priority.”
The LaSalle County Health Department encourages residents to stay informed on the evolving situation.
Additional cases are expected and residents should take steps now to reduce the impact this will have on their daily lives.
It is very important for the public to implement social distancing to limit the spread of this virus. Social distancing means putting distance between yourself and others, and staying home as much as possible. Be mindful of those who are at a greater risk for contracting this virus, including older adults and those with certain health conditions.
Most healthy people who get the virus will have mild symptoms. It is important we do not overwhelm our healthcare systems, as most people can recover at home.
For those whose symptoms become worse (shortness of breath), CALL your healthcare provider. They will direct you to where you should be evaluated and decide if testing is needed.