There are nine confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sangamon County, according to a daily tally from the Sangamon County Department of Public Health and the four major healthcare organizations in Springfield. This includes one death, and two cases of residents from outside of the county.
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The health department reports more than 300 negative tests, and another 88 pending. Of those, 32 hospitalized patients are under investigation for the disease at Memorial Medical Center and HSHS St. John’s Hospital.
The public health department began tallying tests done at both the Illinois Department of Public Health lab and private labs this week, causing a jump in the total number of tests the county reports.
Health officials continued to stress the importance of social distancing and staying at home.
“Although these measures seem inconvenient, they are absolutely critical at this point,” Dr. Vidya Sundareshan, who specializes in infectious diseases, said in the daily news release. “We will have more information about the extent of this infection in our community. Until then it is critical to take these measure seriously to do what we can to help with this pandemic.”
The health officials also encouraged people who need other urgent medical care can continue to call 911 or visit hospitals or doctor's offices.
“Our facilities and first responders are following all infection control guidelines,” the release reads.