First COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Williamson, Jackson Counties

First COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Williamson, Jackson Counties

UPDATE: 3/19 8:39 a.m.

A Williamson County patient, a woman in her 50s, who tested positive Wednesday for COVID-19 contracted the virus while traveling in another state and is “doing well” at home in isolation, according to a release from the Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department.

The department is investigating and speaking with those she came in contact with before diagnosis to determine exposure and necessity of quarantine.

UPDATE: 3/18 7:32 p.m.

The Jackson County Health Department confirmed a report late Wednesday there has been a COVID-19 case confirmed in the county.

The individual, a woman in her 50’s, is doing well and at home in isolation, according to a press release from the health department.

It is believed the woman was exposed to the virus after recent travel to another state.

ORIGINAL STORY: 3/18 5:52 p.m.

WILLIAMSON CO. – Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) employees received emails and text messages Wednesday saying the first positive coronavirus case was confirmed for a patient in Williamson County.

According to the memo, the patient was screened through the organization’s COVID-19 hotline and tested at one of their new drive-thru testing facilities.

“The screening and testing process we have in place in our communities is working. I am confident appropriate precautions were taken to minimize the risk of exposure to other patients and staff,” SIH Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Marci Moore-Connelley said in the memo. “Staff involved in the care of this patient have been notified.”

Further details will be shared as known.