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Clusters of Coronavirus Cases at Long-Term Care Facilities in Lake County; Total Cases 325 in All of Lake County

Mon March 30 2020 10:04 pm  https://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=581727
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The Lake County Health Department on Monday March 30 2020 reported 31 new cases and two new deaths from the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Lake County since Saturday. This brings the total number of Lake County residents testing positive for the disease to 325 (as of March 30, 2020, 12:45 p.m.) and the total number of deaths to five.

The newly reported deaths consist of two men in their 60’s. Both men had underlying health conditions.

The Lake County Health Department is monitoring clusters of cases at 10 long-term care facilities in the county. These 10 facilities have a combined total of 36 positive COVID-19 cases.

“We are closely monitoring the clusters of cases at long-term care facilities,” said Lake County Health Department Executive Director Mark Pfister. “We have been in close communication with them, providing recommendations and assuring they have adequate personal protection equipment. It is imperative that staff members at these facilities, and every essential employee stay home if they feel ill or exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.”

Southeast Lake County continues to report most of the Coronavirus COVID-19 cases with Lake Forest reporting 35-39 and Highland Park reporting 50-54 cases.

Waukegan is reporting 25-28 cases.

Libertyville is reporting 15-19 cases.

Round Lake is reporting 15-19 cases.

North Chicago is reporting 10-14 cases.

Zion is reporting 10-14 cases.

Shading on the map below is based on cases per 10,000 residents.




Lake County Health Department COVID-19 Interactive Map Friday, March 30 2020

Lake County Health Department COVID-19 Interactive Map Friday, March 30 2020.

 ADDITIONAL INFO … 

On Friday, March 20th, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-10 requiring all Illinoisans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.  For more information, please visit: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/coronavirus/FAQ/Pages/Stay-At-Home-FAQS.aspx   

The Three C’s

It is critically important that the community follow prescribed preventative measures such as social distancing and the 3 C’s to avoid getting sick:

Clean hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol;

Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or your elbow; and

Contain illness by staying home if you are sick.

Testing availability

Testing is being prioritized for people with symptoms who have high risk of complications. This includes older adults living in congregate settings and those with chronic health conditions like heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, and those with weakened immune systems. People who do not show any symptoms do not need to get tested.

A number of healthcare providers in Lake County currently have tests available. The PHEOC is working to collect information on the availability of testing in Lake County and will provide updates at www.lakecountyil.gov/coronavirus as it becomes available.

What to do if you are sick

If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, stay home. Distance yourself from others in the household and if possible, stay in your own bedroom and use your own bathroom. If your symptoms worsen, call your healthcare provider.

Do not walk into a healthcare facility, urgent care clinic, or hospital before calling. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor. If your doctor believes that you need to be tested for COVID-19, your doctor should call the Lake County Health Department Communicable Disease program to determine if you should be tested.

In accordance with Illinois Department of Public Health guidance, recommendations for reducing the spread of COVID-19 include:

Social Distancing

Stay home as much as possible.

If gatherings are necessary, limit the number of people to 10.
Call to check on family, neighbors, and older adults instead of visiting.

Check with your healthcare provider about telehealth options.

Nursing Home Facilities

Restrict all visitation except for certain compassionate care situations, such as end of life residents.

Restrict all volunteers and non-essential health care personnel (e.g., barbers).

Cancel all group activities and communal dining.

Implement active screening of residents and healthcare personnel for fever and respiratory symptoms.

Additional guidance for long-term care facilities is on the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

The Health Department will continue to provide updates as recommendations change.

Additional resources

Visit www.lakecountyil.gov/coronavirus for updates on COVID-19 in Lake County and to sign up for the Lake County Health Department’s COVID-19 email newsletter.

People can find more information regarding COVID-19 in Lake County at www.lakecountyil.gov/coronavirus

For government closures visit:

www.lakecountyil.gov/closures

For financial help and other community resources, please call 2-1-1. If you need assistance finding food, shelter, rent or utility assistance, or other essential services, CALL 211 or TEXT your zip code to 898211 to speak with someone who can help 24/7. For more information, visit 211lakecounty.org.

For general state and national information, please call the Illinois State Hotline at 1-800-899-3931, or visit the Illinois Department of Public Health website at dph.illinois.gov, or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at coronavirus.gov.

Visit www.lakecountyil.gov/coronavirus for updates on COVID-19 in Lake County and to sign up for the Lake County Health Department’s COVID-19 email newsletter.

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