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Franklin County resident tests positive for COVID-19

FRANKLIN CO. (WSIL) -- The first positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Franklin County.

The Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department says the individual, a woman in her 50s, is recovering and is at home in isolation.

Health officials are investigating and speaking with those who may have been in contact with the woman before she was diagnosed. They believe the woman was exposed to COVID-19 through "community spread."

"As is protocol, public health officials may place other individuals on home quarantine if they are determined to have had significant exposure. Such individuals may not by symptomatic, but are quarantined for a period of time which allows symptoms to develop and pass, without posing risk to others. If you are contacted by public health officials, please respond promptly," said a release Wednesday from the health department.

The Illinois Department of Public Health Department reports a total of 1,865 positive COVID-19 cases in 35 counties. There have been 19 deaths.

"We can expect more cases to be confirmed locally, as the number of tests being conducted is increasing. The number of cases can be reduced by adhering to public health guidance on social distancing, washing hands frequently, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, and staying home when you are ill," added Bi-County Health Department.

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Mandy Robertson

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