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    The Clinton County Health Department on Tuesday reported its eighth case of an individual testing positive for COVID-19
    There were no details about the tested individual released — name, age, where they resided — in online information from the health department, which reported testing 46 people — seven county residents and one nonresident having the virus; three men, five women.
    Of those people tested, 37 were negative, with one test pending results. Those tested individuals ranged in age from 10 to 90.
    This follows the March 26 confirmation of the county's fifth case of a man testing positive for COVID-19.
    The 30-year-old is not a permanent resident of Clinton County, and he is quarantined at home, according to a health department press release.
    The health department on  March 25 reported the county's fourth case of an individual testing positive for COVID-19.
    That individual was identified as a county resident who's a woman in her 20s, according to health department interim director Sean Eifert.
    Eifert, who is also Bond County's health department administrator, made the announcement via a press release sent out to media outlets that day.
    None of the confirmed cases to date have involved international travel. 
    Meanwhile, the Marion County Health Department, based in Salem, on Sunday announced that two county residents had tested positive for COVID-19.
    One was a female in her 40s, said to be doing well and at home in isolation.
    The second was a female in her 80s and said to be in the intensive care unit at an unnamed hospital.
    It was not noted in their press release where the individuals were tested.

FixClinton County Board chairman Robert Fix poses questions to state’s attorney John Hudspeth and Emergency Management Agency director Tim Schleper during an emergency meeting of the board March 25 in Carlyle. (Photo by Bryan Hunt)    The Clinton County Board, at a March 25 emergency meeting, voted 10-4 to adopt an emergency operations plan and declaration of local disaster, in effect until rescinded by the chairman or by a vote of the county board.
    The plan is pursuant to the Illinois Emergency Management Act.
    The meeting took place in the county boardroom in Carlyle but was attended by other board members and county officials via teleconference.
    This is allowed due to a relaxation of the Open Meetings Act by Gov. J.B. Pritzker due to the COVID-19 emergency.
    The motion was presented by board member Brad Knolhoff and seconded by Bryan Wessel, with board members Larry Johnson, Mike Kreke, Jim Rakers and Craig Taylor voting against.
    Tim Schleper, director of Clinton County's Emergency Management Agency (CCEMA), said on March 26 that his main focus was not wanting to cause any alarm in the general public.
    His call for the declaration is solely for advance planning, to make sure an agreement is in place for the county, "to protect the county in a crisis."
    Schleper said the county does have a concern about obtaining personal protective equipment, and this declaration should help in that.
    "I just want to make sure that we are at the top of the list to get that for our first responders and for our health care workers — people in the hospital, the longterm care facilities, assisted living facilities," he said.
    In the case of an actual emergency, Schelper said he sees response as a unified command.

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