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            Coles County hospital patient tests positive for coronavirus
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            Coles County hospital patient tests positive for coronavirus

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            An exam room at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon.

            MATTOON — A patient at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center has tested positive  for the disease from coronavirus, according to hospital spokeswoman Patty Peterson.

            The patient was treated in the SBLHC emergency room and the Illinois Department of Public Health notified the hospital late Friday that the person was positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, Peterson said.

            She said the patient resides in the SBLHC 10-county service area but couldn't say more about the person's residence or identity because of patient confidentiality requirements.

            The person is self-quarantining as a result of the test results, Peterson said.

            Gov. J.B. Pritzker during a press conference Saturday said a resident in Cumberland County tested positive for the virus. The person is identified as a resident in his 70s. 

            She said SBLHC has tested several people for the coronavirus over the last few days but there have been no other positive results.

            The hospital is able to test people who show symptoms of the virus, Peterson said. However, the test supply is limited and people without symptoms can't be tested, she added.

            Symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough, shortness of breath and possible respiratory distress, according to information on the virus on .

            There are several illnesses that can lead to those symptoms but they are more likely because of coronavirus if the person has traveled to an area of widespread transmission or been in close contact with someone with the virus, according to the health department.

            Illinois officials on Friday reported 14 additional cases of people who had tested positive for the virus, bringing the state's total number of COVID-19 cases to 46. State officials are focused on trying to and hope that broader actions will help, said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.

            The story will be updated when more information is available.

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