Horizon Health details COVID-19 preparedness as Edgar Co. remains without a case

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EDGAR Co., Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — As of Friday, Edgar County, Illinois is still without a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Illinois’ next phase of re-opening is planned for May 29.

Horizon health officials said they’re prepared if the county does see cases.

In a recent letter to Governor J.B. Pritzker, county officials included that the hospital has 300 tests, in addition to ICU beds and ventilators.

Horizon Health said they have a dedicated unit with eight beds for COVID-19 patients, as well as personal protective equipment.

The hospital also has agreements with other area hospitals in case they would need more support.

The hospital’s chief nursing officer said residents should still take precautions.

“People still need to consider social distancing. Obviously this is a holiday weekend. People will probably be congregating. They need to be making sure they’ll be doing their due diligence washing their hands, wearing masks if they’re going to be within six feet of people,” said Chief Nursing Officer Tiffany Turner.

Turner said nasal swab testing is available at Horizon Health’s respiratory clinic.

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