As of Monday, April 6, no positive cases of COVID-19 had been recorded in White or Edwards County. However, area health departments are starting to confirm cases in adjoining counties.

The Wabash County Health Department in Mount Carmel was notified Saturday, April 4 of a Wabash County resident who tested positive for COVID-19.  Officials with the health department stated the individual was tested in an outpatient setting and followed all protocols of self-quarantine with all of their immediate family since being tested.  Officials added that the patient and family members are “doing well”. 

The Wabash County Health Department is now investigating who may have been in close contact with the patient before being diagnosed. As a result of the investigation, other individuals may be placed on home quarantine if they are determined to have had significant exposure.  “Such individuals may not be symptomatic, but are quarantined for a period of time, which allows symptoms to develop and pass without posing risk to others,” said a spokesman for the Wabash County Health Department. “If you are contacted by public health officials, please respond appropriately.”:

Richland County also saw its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on Monday, per the Richland County RB and Health Office. Edwards County has tested 14 individuals for the virus, with 10 testing negative and four tests pending, according to the Edwards County Health Office.

One COVID-19 positive case had previously been reported in Saline County and one in Gallatin County.  The Saline County case involved 49-year-old man who traveled out of the country for work. Health officials noted that patient was “at home and doing well”.  No details were immediately available for the Gallatin County case. “The Egyptian Health Department (EHD) will be conducting contact tracing for any confirmed case of COVID-19,” said a spokesman for the EHD. “Any potential exposed individual will be contacted by EHD to discuss exposure and necessary precautions including self monitoring and possible quarantining.”

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