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Coronavirus

Elderly La Salle County man hospitalized following COVID-19 diagnosis

Man in his 80s confirmed as county's 4th confirmed case

FILE - This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The coronavirus outbreak has exposed a seeming disconnect between the financial markets and science. Health experts are uncertain how far the virus out of China will spread and how bad the crisis will get, yet stock markets are rallying as if they’re not expecting more than a modest hit to the global economy. (CDC via AP, File)
FILE - This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The coronavirus outbreak has exposed a seeming disconnect between the financial markets and science. Health experts are uncertain how far the virus out of China will spread and how bad the crisis will get, yet stock markets are rallying as if they’re not expecting more than a modest hit to the global economy. (CDC via AP, File)

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A La Salle County man in his 80s has been hospitalized following a COVID-19 diagnosis.

The La Salle County Health Department confirmed the man is the fourth confirmed case of COVID-19 in the county, and the first to be hospitalized in isolation.

The health department didn't provide any additional information.

Federal privacy restrictions prohibit the release of any additional information regarding this case, said health department officials. The agency is attempting to identify and contact those who were in contact with the man.

La Salle County's previous confirmed cases include a woman in her 30s, a man in his 40s and a high school student. Unlike the fourth confirmed case, they were recovering at home in isolation at the time of the confirmation.

The department expects to see additional cases and residents should assume they have been exposed to COVID-19. Residents can help by staying home, limiting the number of people they come into contact with, maintaining a six-foot distance from others and washing their hands.

If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, a fever, cough or shortness of breath:

Those with mild illness should not go to a hospital or other care centers but instead should stay home and rest until they’re well. If symptoms progress, it is advisable to call your healthcare provider who will advise if you need medical treatment. Anyone with respiratory symptoms who is planning to seek care at a walk-in clinic should call in advance for instruction. Based on the CDC guidelines, the healthcare provider will evaluate the symptoms by phone and provide instruction.

Anyone experiencing a medical emergency should call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room. If you are seeking emergency medical care and think you could have coronavirus, tell the medical workers in advance so they can prepare for your arrival.

Shaw Media Illinois has information posted on on how to protect yourself or what to do if you are sick

The Illinois Department of Public Health has a COVID-19 hotline: 1-800-889-3931 and an email: DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV

The CDC has a list for prevention and treatment.

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