New COVID-19 symptoms announced by CDC

(NEWS3) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health are announcing new developments surrounding symptoms and testing for coronavirus.

The CDC said there are now six new possible COVID-19 symptoms that may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Experts at first said the virus only had symptoms associated with fever, cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, but now more have developed.

The new possible coronavirus symptoms are:

  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Repeated shaking
  • Sore throat

Patients should seek medical attention immediately if you have any of these emergency warning signs:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

There is also changes now to coronavirus testing. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced, anyone with COVID-19-like illness or symptoms can now be tested without a doctor’s order. This also means testing is now available for people who have COVID-19 symptoms or risk factors, such as contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case or having a compromised immune system/serious chronic medical condition. Testing is also open for those with or without symptoms who work in a healthcare facility, correctional facility, serve as first responders or support critical infrastructure(work in grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, gas stations, public utilities, factories, childcare, and sanitation).

Below are current COVID-19 test results in surrounding counties around the NEWS3 viewing area:

  • McDonough County: 18 positive (3 recovered), 192 negative, 46 pending
  • Schuyler County: 1 positive (1 recovered), 62 negative, 3 pending
  • Hancock County: 8 positive, 85 negative, 21 pending
  • Warren County: 62 positive, 100 negative and unknown pending
  • Fulton County: 3 positive (1 recovered), 98 negative, unknown pending
  • Knox County: 42 positive, 290 negative, 120 pending
  • Adams County: 40 positive, 1,065 negative, 111 pending

McDonough District Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Edwin Card has said 20 percent of people who carry the virus are asymptomatic. The virus spread is also two or three days before a person shows symptoms. Card said about 80 percent of people will have a mild case of COVID-19 who can recover at home, but 15 percent will be hospitalized and need ventilators.

Illinois residents over the age of two will be required to wear a face-covering or a mask when in a public place starting Friday due to the state’s stay-at-home order in effect through May 30.

MDH has launched a drive-thru screening station. For service at the station, patients should be at least 18 years or older and must pre-register. Officials said patients must call the MDH nurse triage hotline or their primary care provider before showing up. The phone number to the nurse hotline is 309-836-1715. All testing requires a referral by a physician or nurse practitioner. The hospital asks for no more than two people per vehicle. The station is open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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