MOUNT CARMEL — The COVID-19 virus continues to infiltrate the community, as Health Department officials confirmed word of the county’s 15th reported COVID-19 positive case.

Confirmation of the latest case came Wednesday evening, with health department officials reporting the patient is at home and doing well.

The surge, while not unexpected, comes as restrictions begin to ease in Illinois and families reconvene for gatherings or depart on vacations domestically.

Across the Wabash River Gibson County has 21 reported cases of the virus, with two reported COVID-19 related deaths.

While larger cities have experienced the brute of the virus for the past few months, more rural cities such as Mount Carmel had been largely unaffected until late-May. Residents should continue to wear masks in public gatherings (i.e. grocery stores) whenever social distancing is not possible.

If you believe you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, don’t hesitate in calling the Wabash General Hospital COVID-19 hotline at 618-263-6233. The hotline is staffed 24/7, and can request a scheduled testing for the virus.

Symptoms of COVID-19 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
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Each host’s symptoms associated with the virus may vary and may not include all reported symptoms.

To date over 2.1 million Americans have tested positive for the virus with just under 117,000 reported deaths.

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