Positive COVID-19 Cases Rise to 11

Elias Hubbard
March 26, 2020

The Will County Health Department announced 20 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one death in the county on Wednesday.

According to the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD), two new cases of coronavirus were reported on Wednesday, bringing the total in the county to 40.

Health department spokesman Steve Brandy said he had no specific reason why Will County saw such a spike in cases Wednesday.

The first case in Monroe County, reported by the health department on March 19, involved a 72-year-old female resident of Key Largo, who recently traveled to the United Kingdom.

She added health care officials are prioritizing those who get tested based on risk factors and the severity of symptoms.

Brandy reiterated the confirmed cases were found all over the county. The county says there are more than 60 people in isolation awaiting test results.

In Franklin County, a the person who tested positive has been in quarantine at home since March 21. "They are contacts of the positive (couple) and were under quarantine already".

"It is extremely important that everyone stay home and avoid contact with others", reads a statement from Franklin County. The case is under investigation, the health department said.

The Health Dept. has been working to identify individuals who came into contact with these residents.

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the Sheridan inmate population. Testing is being done from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

"Wheeling Hospital is doing a great job and testing is coming back faster than when we started", Gamble said.

Both Gamble and Sproul said they have not been informed of any test results being lost, but noted people have expressed concern about the length of time it takes to get results.

"Some clients might be asked to be retested", Gamble said.

Three cases were reported on Friday. She said the county is experiencing a shortage of test, of which there is a nationwide shortage. When private labs conduct the testing, they are notifying the patient and the county health department, he added.

"The new cases signify a trend of community transmission which is best responded to by ensuring social distancing, covering sneezes and coughs, maintain distance of six feet from other individuals, frequent handwashing, and staying home if sick", the department said.

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