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College of Lake County employee tests positive for coronavirus

File Photo (Grayslake Campus of College of Lake County).

A College of Lake County employee, who works at the school’s main campus in Grayslake, tested positive Wednesday evening for coronavirus.

College of Lake County President Dr. Lori Suddick confirmed the case Thursday in a statement to students and staff.

The employee works in the L building on the Grayslake Campus, 19351 West Washington Street in Grayslake. The employee’s last day on campus was March 12.

Suddick said the school is in consultation and coordination with the CLC Health Center and the Lake County Health Department.

“We have verified the spaces in the L building have been deep cleaned twice since March 16 and have been under daily touchpoint cleaning since Feb. 29. But we also are aware you may feel increased stress and anxiety about this news,” Suddick said in the statement.

Suddick said that it is the school’s responsibility to protect the privacy of the infected employee. Those who need to be involved will be contacted.

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The College of Lake County remains closed through April 12 and classes have moved to an alternative learning model.

On Thursday, the Lake County Health Department reported 16 new cases of COVID-19 in the county since Wednesday. A total of 38 Lake County residents have tested positive for the virus since March 11.

“As more providers in Lake County offer testing for COVID-19, we will continue to see a significant increase in cases,” said Lisa Kritz, Director of Prevention for the Lake County Health Department.

“It is essential that we do not panic, but continue to do everything we can to reduce the spread of this virus—stay home whenever possible, limit social gatherings to 10 people or less, and be vigilant with handwashing often and sanitizing commonly touched surfaces daily,” Kritz said.


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