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Coronavirus

Carroll County has first coronavirus death; new cases in Ogle, Whiteside counties

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The Sauk Valley has its first confirmed death from coronavirus.

The Carroll County Health Department deceived two positive tests of people in their 80s with COVID-19, one of whom died, it reported Monday. It had its first confirmed case of a person in his or her 40s on Friday.

Also Monday, Ogle County reported its first positive case, a man in his 50s who was tested at Rochelle Community Hospital, and Whiteside County added two more to its growing list, two people in their 30s and 50s.

No further details are being released on the individuals for privacy reasons.

Ogle County Health Department is conducting ongoing investigations of “many other” possible cases, it said in a news release Monday afternoon.

“The one positive case does not accurately represent actual COVID-19 cases in the general population,” the release said. “This is because 80% of cases are mild so testing is not always performed.”

Whiteside's new case puts its total at six.

A person in his or her 60s was reported Sunday, another in his or her 90s was reported Saturday, and another in his or her 60s on Friday.

The positive case of reported Sunday was of a person in his or her 30s who is not from the county, the health department said today.

The first case, a person in his or her 40s, was reported March 16. Two of the people have recovered, and there is one person under investigation, the WCHD said.

Statewide, 461 new cases were announced Monday with eight deaths, putting the total to 5,057 cases, including 73 deaths, in 52 counties in Illinois.

No cases are yet confirmed in Lee County.

KSB Hospital has conducted 160 COVID-19 tests, 60 test results are pending, and the remaining 100 test results are all negative. KSB conducted 14 additional drive-thru screening tests Monday.

Officials are stressing that these laboratory-confirmed cases are by no means the total number of Sauk Valley residents infected, and are urging people to heed the state mandate to shelter in place and maintain a 6-foot distance from others when they must go out.

The state health department is advising its departments to test only people hospitalized with unexplained pneumonia, and those living and working in residential facilities like nursing homes. It does not recommend people with mild illness be tested, so as to reduce the risk of exposure for health care workers, patients and the public, and to reduce the demand for personal protective equipment.

People are being advised to assume that if they have any respiratory symptoms, they have the virus, and are asked to respond accordingly, by self-isolating at home and seeking medical attention only if their symptoms worsen or they experience emergency warning signs such as chest pain, difficulty breathing or confusion.

Those seeking medical attention should call their health care provider, emergency department, or 911 and discuss symptoms before heading off to a health care facility.

The best defense against COVID-19 remains self-isolation and social distancing.

Health officials advise you to:

● Stay put: Stay home, keep essential trips to a minimum.

● Stay apart: Keep at least 6 feet away from others when you must go out. Avoid lines by taking advantage of pick-up and delivery services for groceries and other goods.

● Stay connected: Call your friends and family or take advantage of apps that allow video chat. Use technology to watch movies and play games with friends when separated.

● Take care of yourself: Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep. Find ways to reduce stress, like taking deep breaths, stretching, or meditating.

● Keep clean: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before preparing or eating food, touching your face and after you return home.

● Get the facts: Read and share reliable information from IDPH’s COVID19 and CDC’s COVID-19 website,www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/

● Take Breaks: Repeatedly hearing about the pandemic can be upsetting so try and limit how much you watch and read. Step away and do activities you enjoy while following social distancing guidelines.

For general questions about COVID-19, call the IDPH COVID-19 hotline at 800-889-3931 or reach out to your local health department.

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