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T.J. Kremer III, Editor
3:29 pm CDT March 25, 2020

Editors note: This story has been updated to correct the age and gender of the person who died Wednesday, March 25.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Monday, March 30, that a two more people from Will County have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, bringing the total to six.

The most recent deaths were that of a male in his 50s and a male in his 60s.

Other deaths include a woman in her 60s, a woman in her 50s and a male in his 50s, according to a spokesperson for the Will County Health Department and Community Health Center. No information was provided about one of the deceased.

As of press time Monday, March 30, there have been 224 COVID-19 cases reported in Will County, according to IDPH.

Cases across the state to a total of 5,057 confirmed cases. Of those, 73 people have died, according to IDPH.

The first death in Will County was reported March 19.

Additionally, Will County reported March 25 that a female Will County health department worker tested positive for COVID-19. Her age and location were not immediately available.

Will County Executive Larry Walsh on March 16 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, according to the email.

The email advised to limit gatherings with more than 50 people and to consistently wash hands and use hand sanitizer. People also are 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.