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Coronavirus

Breaking news: Whiteside County's first coronavirus death a person in his or her 90s

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MORRISON – Whiteside County has its first coronavirus death, the health department announced this afternoon.

The person was a resident in his or her 90s who tested positive for the virus, and the department is monitoring the person's close contacts.

Seven tests have come back positive, but only five are Whiteside County residents. Of those five cases, two have recovered and now one has died.

"WCHD stresses the number of laboratory-confirmed positive cases are not representative of the actual number of COVID-19 cases within the county," the department said.

This is because presumed cases who do not receive testing are not reported, laboratory turnaround times can take days, IDPH recommends testing only those hospitalized with severe acute lower respiratory illness or those living and working in congregate settings, and data suggests 80% of COVID-19 cases are mild and therefore need not be tested.

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

The positive cases of two people in their 30s reported Sunday and Monday were not from the county.

"This is the second laboratory-confirmed positive test reported to Whiteside County Health Department with an incorrect address," the department said. "Both tests were performed at an out of county location."

The first case, a person in his or her 40s, was reported March 16.

The Carroll County Health Department received 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.

Ogle County reported its first positive case Monday, a man in his 50s who was tested at Rochelle Community Hospital.

No cases have yet been confirmed in Lee County.

Statewide, 937 new cases were announced Monday with 26 deaths, putting the total to 5,994 cases, including 99 deaths, in 54 counties in Illinois.

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