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McHenry County officials say there was no reason to close Woodstock DMV due to coronavirus

The Woodstock DMV, located at 428 South Eastwood Drive, was closed Wednesday due to possible coronavirus exposure at the facility | Photo: Alex Vucha.

The McHenry County Health Department said they were not consulted about the Woodstock DMV closing Wednesday due to a possible “indirect exposure” to coronavirus at the facility.

The Secretary of State facility located at 428 South Eastwood Drive in Woodstock was closed Wednesday. Their website lists the location as being “temporarily closed.”

“Out of an abundance of caution, we are closing this facility as there is an investigation into a potential indirect exposure to the coronavirus,” a sign on the front window of the DMV said.

“For further information please contact the McHenry County Health Department. At this time everyone is at a low risk. We will remain closed for the remainder of the day,” the sign said.

McHenry County Health Department Community Information Coordinator Lindsey Salvatelli said that the health department was never consulted about closing the DMV.

An investigation by health officials found that closing the DMV had no effect on preventing the spread of COVID-19.

“After an investigation into the closure, it was determined that the risk of COVID-19 exposure is no different than that of being in the general public,” said Melissa Adamson, MCDH Public Health Administrator.

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“We want our community to be cautious. If someone thinks they may have been exposed to the virus, they should contact their primary care physician for an assessment,” Adamson said.

On Tuesday, the McHenry County Health Department confirmed a McHenry County man tested positive for COVID-19. Officials said the man is doing well and in good condition.

Sources told Lake and McHenry County Scanner the man is a 19-year-old who is being treated at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington.

The man initially arrived at Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry last Thursday and tested positive for coronavirus, sources said.

The man was then transferred to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington to be kept in isolation in one of their negative pressure rooms.

For general questions about the coronavirus, call the Illinois Department of Public Health hotline at 800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.


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