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Illinois Department of Public Health officials confirmed Wednesday, March 18, that eight individuals in Will County have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Two of the patients are a married couple, a man and woman both in their 50s, which was reported Monday, March 16.
The other five — three men ranging from in age thier 30s to 50s, and two women in their 30s and 50s — were reported to Will County Health officials by the IDPH, according to Steve Brandy, Will County Health Department spokesman.
No additional information about the patients is being released at this time, Brandy said.
After four confirmed cases, Will County Executive Larry Walsh on Monday issued a Proclamation of a Disaster for Will County via email in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak across the county. This proclamation will activate the county’s emergency response plans to assist the residents during this time, the email stated.
The email advised to limit gatherings with more than 50 people and to consistently wash hands and use hand sanitizer. People are also encouraged to self-quarantine to limit the spread of the virus.
The Will County Health Department is recommending the following actions be taken for those who feel they may have been exposed to the coronavirus:
• Isolate yourself and self-monitor for the symptoms. This includes taking your temperature three times daily (morning, afternoon, evening) to check for a fever, along with watching for other symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath.
• If you do have these symptoms, you are asked to phone your medical provider for an examination, as your medical provider is the one who knows you and your family’s medical conditions best. Always call ahead of time, as your provider may have certain times or areas where they prefer symptomatic patients to go.
• Call the hotline. The Will County Health Department has established a Coronavirus hotline for questions, available from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday at (815) 740-8977.
Residents are encouraged to continue to monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website for more information: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.
As of press time, IDPH is reporting 288 confirmed cases in Illinois of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. There has been one case in Illinois of a reported death related to the disease.