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Significant number of coronavirus cases located in SE Lake County; 135 cases countywide

The new Lake County COVID-19 dashboard | Screenshot from the Lake County Health Department website.

Data from the Lake County Health Department shows a bulk of the county’s 135 cases are located in the southeastern quadrant of Lake County.

On Wednesday, the Lake County Health Department reported 20 new cases of COVID-19 in Lake County since Tuesday afternoon. This brings the total number of Lake County residents testing positive for the virus to 135 since the first Lake County case on March 11.

The health department also announced Wednesday that multiple cases have been identified at two long-term care facilities in Lake County.

Three staff members at a long-term care facility in Lincolnshire and three residents of a long-term care facility in Lake Zurich have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“Protecting our most vulnerable residents is something we take very seriously, and our Communicable Disease team is working closely with these facilities to monitor the health of staff and residents who may have been exposed to COVID-19,” Lake County Health Department Executive Director Mark Pfister said.

“In addition to restricting outside visitors to the facilities, appropriate infection control measures are being taken, including checking the temperatures and symptoms of all staff and residents twice per shift. If a resident shows symptoms, they are appropriately isolated, and extra precautions are taken,” Pfister said.

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Older adults, people living in congregated settings like long-term care facilities, and people with certain chronic health conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

Health officials said that all residents are reminded to follow the Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order to help protect the community.

The Lake County Health Department launched an interactive map on their website of COVID-19 cases broken down by each city in Lake County.

The map showed a heavy concentration of cases in the southeastern part of the county — 20-24 cases in Lake Forest, 20-24 cases in Highland Park, 15-19 cases in Deerfield and 5-9 cases in Lake Bluff.

Governor Pritzker announced Wednesday over $90 million in small business aid and a state income tax filing extension as coronavirus cases in the state increased to 1,865 with 19 deaths.

Pritzker said at his daily press conference that the state is extending income tax filing and payment deadline by three months to July 15.

Pritzker also announced Wednesday that a more than $90 million fund will support three programs of emergency assistance for small businesses in need of capital.


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