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9-16-20 Hardin County has 10 reported active cases of COVID-19

9/16/20 – S7HD COVID-19 Update for the Southern Seven Region

(Second Death Reported in Massac County)


Southern Seven Health Department (S7HD) reports 3 new recovered cases of COVID-19 in the Southern Seven region.  Currently, there are 729 individuals from the Southern Seven region who have recovered since the start of the pandemic in the United States.


Southern Seven confirms 18 new cases of COVID-19 in the Southern Seven region.  All individuals with active cases of COVID-19 are being isolated.  The newly confirmed cases by county, gender and age are as follows:


  • Alexander County: One female 60’s, one male 70’s
  • Hardin County: Two males 40’s, one female 50’s, one male 60’s
  • Johnson County: One female 40’s, one female 50’s, one male 50’s
  • Pulaski County: One male 20’s, two males 30’s
  • Union County: One female 10’s, two males 30’s, one female 60’s, one male 70’s, one male 80’s


Southern Seven Health Department will report on the number of confirmed positive cases as more cases appear.  Currently, S7HD is reporting a cumulative total of 965 cases of COVID-19 in the Southern Seven region since the start of the pandemic in the United States.  There are currently 208 active cases in the region.


Southern Seven reports 1 new death as a result of COVID-19 in the Southern Seven region.  The individual was a female in her 90’s from Massac County.  There are now 25 deaths reported by S7HD in the region since the start of the pandemic.


The number of individuals confirmed, to date, within the Southern Seven Counties are as follows:

County Alexander Hardin Johnson Massac Pope Pulaski Union Total
Total Cases 62 31 147 86 23 151 465 965
Recovered 43 21 100 54 14 129 368 729
Active 18 10 47 30 8 21 74 208
Deaths 1 0 0 2 1 1 20 25
Retracted Deaths 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3


Southern Seven Health Department will not release specific information about individuals with COVID-19 beyond their county of residence, gender and age range, unless ordered by the court.


According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), in Illinois there were 1,941 new individuals with COVID-19 identified on September 16 bringing the confirmed total in the State to 266,151 individuals, with 8,367 deaths.


All data are provisional and subject to change.  In order to rapidly report COVID-19 information to the public, data are being reported in real-time.  Information is constantly being entered into an electronic system and the number of cases and deaths can change as additional information is gathered.


There has been an increase in COVID-19 cases being spread by community transmission at social events and gatherings.  This virus can be spread up to 48 hours before a person has symptoms.  Anyone who has been at gatherings where little to no safety measures were in place is at risk of contracting COVID-19 and are asked to WATCH FOR THESE SYMPTOMS: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.  If you begin to show symptoms, isolate immediately and contact your healthcare provider about getting tested for COVID-19.  Information impacting Phase 4 of Restore Illinois, including numbers of new cases, hospitalizations, and ICU bed availability can be found at and at


Contact tracing helps identify those who may be at risk after someone tests positive.  This is done to let people know what symptoms to watch for, reduces their exposures to others and slows the spread of COVID-19.  Should you be identified by Southern Seven Health Department as a possible contact, your cooperation is appreciated.


The following hotlines are also available to answer your questions and advise you on your next steps for treatment in the Southern Seven region.

  • Massac Memorial Hospital 1-618-638-1344 (24/7 line)
  • Southern Illinois Healthcare 1-844-988-7800 (8am-5pm line)
  • Francis Medical Center 1-573-331-4200 (7am-5pm line)
  • Baptist Health 1-888-227-8478 (24-hour line)


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