Whiteside County has identified its two additional laboratory confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. One case is an individual in their 60s and the other is an individual in their 30s. The Whiteside County Health Department (WCHD) is working closely with the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH), the individual and healthcare providers to identify quarantine and monitor contacts at risk for signs of illness.
WCHD also stresses that, due to limited testing recommendations from IDPH (to preserve personal protective equipment and minimize the exposure to the public and healthcare workers) and laboratory turnaround time, the number of actual COVID-19 cases in Whiteside County are likely higher than the number of laboratory confirmed cases being reported.
WCHD continues to recommend all residents practice social distancing and anyone with fever OR cough OR shortness of breath OR sore throat, that cannot be attributed to an underlying or previously recognized condition, consider themselves a possible case of COVID-19.