Wabash Co. health officials warn of possible COVID-19 exposure at ‘mini prom'

Wabash Co. health officials warn of possible COVID-19 exposure at ‘mini prom'
Published: Aug. 13, 2020 at 7:31 PM CDT
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WABASH CO., Ill. (WFIE) - Health officials with the Wabash County Health Department are warning people of possible COVID-19 exposure for those who attended a “mini prom.”

Officials say those who attended the “mini prom” at the Anderson Building in Mt. Carmel on August 4 could have been exposed to multiple confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

They tell 14 News that five positive cases have been linked to the event and 40 close contacts have been identified.

“We’re just trying to alert the other kids that may have been there - that they may have been in contact with several positive cases and to watch for symptoms,” Wabash County Health Department Administrator Judy Wissel said.

Wabash Community Unit Schools Superintendent Dr. Chuck Bleyer says the school canceled prom earlier in the spring for health and safety reasons. “Mini prom” was not a school sanctioned event.

He hopes the community will take safety precautions seriously in order for students to continue to have in-person instruction this school year.

“Help us stay open because we are doing everything we can here,” Dr. Bleyer said. “But we have to have help when those students are not here.”

Officials ask for those who attended the event and believe they were exposed or experiencing any symptoms to call the health department at 612-263-3873.

[Find more statistics on the Illinois Coronavirus Website]

Here are the current cases in our Illinois area:

  • White County - 72 cases
  • Wabash County - 42 cases
  • Edwards County - 24 cases
  • Wayne County - 66 cases, two deaths

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