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Lake County coronavirus cases climb past 1,000, including 23 deaths

Screenshot of the Lake County Health Department’s coronavirus dashboard, which shows the number of cases in each town and highlights them by the density of cases.

At least 20 nursing homes in Lake County have coronavirus cases as officials report cases countywide have climbed past 1,000 on Wednesday.

The Lake County Health Department reported 119 new cases of Lake County residents with coronavirus and one new death since Tuesday. This brings the total number of cases in the county to 1,044, including 23 deaths as of Wednesday afternoon.

The newest death was a woman in her 80s who had underlying health conditions.

“Our total of confirmed cases in the county exceeded 1,000 today, and we believe that many more residents are infected with COVID-19 who can spread this virus even if they do not have symptoms,” Lake County Health Department Executive Director Mark Pfister said.

“As the weather warms up, I encourage you to enjoy some fresh air and exercise for both your physical and mental health. However, we must continue to follow social distancing guidelines. We are fortunate that our Lake County Forest Preserve trails remain open at this time—let’s all do our part to keep them open,” Pfister said.

The health department is investigating 20 long-term care facilities in the county that have two or more positive cases, officials said. These 20 facilities have a combined total of 150 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Lake County Joint Information Center Spokesman Christopher Covelli provided Lake and McHenry County Scanner with a list of the 20 facilities showing the town they are in, the number of infected residents and staff, and the number of deaths:

  • Lake Zurich: 9 residents, 3 staff, 2 deaths (residents)
  • Lake Zurich: 9 residents, 3 staff, 2 deaths (residents)
  • Wauconda: 9 residents, 10 staff, 1 death (resident)
  • Libertyville: 5 residents, 1 staff, 1 death (resident)
  • Lincolnshire: 5 residents, 11 staff, 2 deaths (residents)
  • Waukegan: 3 residents, 7 staff, 1 death (resident)
  • Vernon Hills: 3 residents, 4 staff, 3 deaths (residents)
  • Vernon Hills: 2 staff
  • Highland Park: 6 residents, 3 staff
  • Waukegan: 1 resident, 5 staff
  • Lake Forest: 2 staff
  • Riverwoods: 1 resident, 1 staff
  • Unincorporated Lake Villa: 2 staff
  • Deerfield: 2 residents, 1 staff
  • Lincolnshire: 2 staff
  • Lake Bluff: 5 residents
  • Lake Bluff: 3 residents, 2 staff
  • Zion: 2 staff
  • Zion: 5 residents, 21 staff
  • Gurnee: 1 resident, 1 staff
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The names of the listed long-term care facilities are not being released by the Lake County Health Department due to privacy concerns, Covelli said.

Lake County has released a Coronavirus Data Hub to centralize data related to COVID-19 in Lake County.

The hub includes the number of cases and deaths in Lake County and throughout the state and shows an interactive map of cases by municipality, demographic breakdowns of cases, and charts showing trends in cases and deaths over time.

An additional dashboard includes Lake County census data, including population and business information, poverty and language levels, and data highlighting the county’s at-risk population. The dashboard can be found on the county’s website.

“This data hub is an excellent tool to share information with our community about cases of COVID-19 in Lake County. However, our data does not reflect the greater number of residents who are likely infected and have not been tested,” Pfister said.

“This is why we continue to reiterate the importance of staying home unless it is absolutely necessary to go out. By following social distancing guidelines and improving our hand hygiene and cough etiquette habits, we will continue to slow the spread of this disease and protect countless lives,” Pfister added.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said on Wednesday the state’s COVID-19 total has reached 15,078 cases and 462 deaths. The number of people tested so far is at 75,066, data shows.


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