Published: Thu, March 26, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Coronavirus: Will County Health Department announces 20 new cases, 1 death

Coronavirus: Will County Health Department announces 20 new cases, 1 death

Cases testing positive for COVID-19 in Monroe County nearly tripled over the span of a day, with seven new cases reported March 25 to bring the total to eleven as of 7 p.m.

"The message stays the same, regardless of if we have one or 10 cases: Please stay home", said McGuire.

There also were cases in Newton, Sandyston and Sparta.

Earlier Wednesday, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced 330 more cases bringing the state total to 1,865.

Another case came March 23, of a 54-year old woman from Key West. Nine cases involve Keys residents, with five from Key West, three from Key Largo and one from Tavernier.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,865 total cases of the virus and 19 deaths as of Wednesday throughout the state.

"The local health department is getting in touch with anyone who may have been in contact with this individual".

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The fourth reported case came on the evening of March 24 and involved a 48-year-old male resident of Key Largo, who recently traveled to Los Angeles.

If the Ohio Department of Health lab does the testing, the Belmont County Health Department is notified of results first, Sproul said.

"I firmly believe COVID-19 is at the level of community spread", she said.

Public health officials warn, however, that this is likely an undercount of actual coronavirus cases due to a shortage of testing supplies in the region and restrictions on who can receive a test.

The health department is conducting contact investigation with the patients and will be monitoring their general health. Anyone identified as a close contact, per New Jersey Department of Health guidelines, is directed to self-quarantine and is being monitored by the SCDOH.

While the vast majority of patients will have mild to moderate symptoms, they risk spreading the virus to people whose immune systems are compromised.

As of Wednesday afternoon, there were still 103 tests pending results in St. Lawrence County. "No additional information is being released at this time due to patient privacy laws", said the press release.

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