MOUNT CARMEL — Wabash County Health Department officials announced three additional cases of COVID-19 late Saturday night.

They were notified of three residents, who were tested in an outpatient setting and followed quarantining protocols following testing. According to the report, all three individuals who tested positive are at home and are being monitored around the clock. This report brings Wabash County’s total up to five patients who have previously tested positive.

If you were in contact with these three individuals in recent days, the Wabash County Health Department may be contacting you and instructing you to self-quarantine if you’re determined to have had significant exposure.

With a surge of cases across the river and eased restrictions, an uptick in case count is no surprise.

Gibson County in Indiana announced three more additional COVID-19 cases over the weekend, bringing the county’s total to 17 residents having tested positive, with two deaths and 556 tests having been administered. Gibson County Health Department officials maintain one of the cases is not a Gibson County resident, however.

These three positive cases, along with additional tests in the future, may be linked back to exposure at graduation parties hosted within the county from May 23-25.

Health Department officials are urging anyone who attended these parties to get tested for COVID-19 and continue to monitor their symptoms. Symptoms have been reportedly wide ranging, but include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose (reportedly a rarer symptom), nausea or vomiting, as well as diarrhea.

Due to the exposure, some local businesses in the area voluntarily elected to shutdown to limit exposure of their customers and staff.

If you’re commuting to Indiana for groceries or shopping, wearing a mask to limit exposure is highly encouraged.

As of Sunday Illinois has 120,260 reported cases of the virus, with 5,390 deaths and 898,259 tests having been administered. Whether the state, and other surrounding areas, see a surge in cases due to protests over the weekend will be a storyline to monitor, and if governors elect to adopt some restrictions if so.

If you believe you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, don’t hestitate in calling Wabash General Hospital’s COVID-19 hotline at 618-263-6233. The hotline is staffed around the clock and can provide an order for a COVID-19 test.

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