Public Health Officials Announce 461 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

Public Health Officials Announce 461 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease
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Public Health Officials Announce 461 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

The number of Coronavirus cases in Illinois has jumped to 461 and there have been 18 deaths recorded in the state.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 461 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois.  Eight new deaths are also being reported, including the death of an incarcerated man from Stateville Correctional Center. 

– Cook County: male 50s, male 60s, female 60s, female 70s
– DuPage County: male 60s
– Kendal County: female 60s
– Will County: male 50s, male 60s

Additionally, 12 men who were incarcerated at Stateville are now hospitalized, including several requiring ventilators.  There are 77 more incarcerated individuals with symptoms who are isolated at the facility.  Eleven staff are also being isolated.

CoronaVirus courtesy of Wikipedia

CoronaVirus courtesy of Wikipedia

The Illinois Department of Corrections is taking a number of steps to control the spread of COVID-19 in its correctional centers.  Staff who work with individuals in isolation and quarantine, as well as in the health center, are wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE) and all staff are wearing some PPE.  Staff are also having their temperature checked daily as they enter the facility. 

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Correctional centers with a confirmed case are placed on lockdown, which means there is no movement around the facility except for medical care.  Incarcerated individuals who show symptoms are being tested.

Clark, Crawford, Marion, Randolph, and Saline counties are now reporting cases.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 5,057 cases, including 73 deaths, in 52 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years. 

For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.  Medically trained professionals able to volunteer are asked to sign up at www.illinoishelps.net.   

*All data are provisional and will change.

Ray Hanania

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