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Jefferson County reports 3rd COVID-19 death
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Jefferson County reports 3rd COVID-19 death

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A third person has died in Jefferson County due to COVID-19.

According to a Friday news release from Jefferson County Health Department, the man who died was in his 70s. He had been in a hospital since April 14. He was a resident of a long-term care facility in the county.

The health department did not name the facility. The Southern reported on Wednesday that 53 residents and 14 employees of GreenTree at Mt. Vernon had tested positive for the virus.

On Friday, the Jefferson County Health Department said it learned of one additional positive case in the county, of a teenage girl who is in isolation at home. The health department is investigating each positive case, and may place people who have had close contact with positive cases on quarantine. If you are contacted by public health officials, please respond promptly. 

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To date, there have been 79 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County. Three of those people have died. Eight have been released from isolation.

The number of cases can be reduced by adhering to the state stay-at-home order, washing hands frequently, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces and maintaining space of at least 6 feet from other people, according to the health department's news release.

COVID-19 numbers in Southern Illinois

This information will be updated daily with the latest numbers from local health departments in Southern Illinois. The numbers reflect total lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county, including deaths and recoveries. These numbers may differ slightly from the county numbers being reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health daily. Local health departments tend to have more current numbers than the state.

County Total cases Deaths Recovered
Alexander 109 1 65
Franklin 931 9 502
Gallatin 120 2 85
Hamilton 123 2 109
Hardin 51 0 38
Jackson 1489 26 1337
Jefferson 926 41 791
Johnson 357 0 214
Massac 144 2 85
Perry 416 16 362
Pope 34 1 19
Pulaski 225 1 180
Randolph 1238 15 1079
Saline 559 9 355
Union 734 21 481
Williamson 1830 60 1136
White 267 5 195

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