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First case of COVID-19 in Winnebago Co. confirmed by State of Illinois

LIVE NOW: Gov. JB Pritzker provides an update on the latest cases of COVID-19 in the state of Illinois and the Winnebago County Health Department provides an update on COVID-19 in Winnebago County.

Posted by WREX-TV on Sunday, 15 March 2020

WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WREX) -- Coronavirus has made its way to Winnebago County.

Winnebago County reports a resident in their 60s tested positive for COVID-19.

The health department says the individual had no known exposure through travel or contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, suggesting community transmission, but the disease investigation is ongoing.

Here is a press release from the state of Illinois announcing the new cases:

"The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 29 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across Illinois.  Five additional counties are now reporting cases – Champaign, Clinton, Sangamon, Whiteside, and Winnebago counties.  Other locations with cases include Chicago and Cook, Cumberland, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, St. Clair, and Woodford counties.   

“We are seeing the number of COVID-19 cases increase exponentially and in more locations across Illinois,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “At this point, it is best to assume that the coronavirus is circulating in your community and you should take the same precautions when interacting with other people that you would when interacting with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.  This may seem like an extreme step, but this is how we reduce the number of new cases and prevent the health care system from being overwhelmed.”   

Currently, IDPH is reporting 93 cases in 13 counties in Illinois.  Cases have occurred in all age ranges and the number of cases that do not have a clear connection to travel or a known COVID-19 case is increasing.

Social distancing measures, such as working from home when possible, limiting the amount of time spent in the community, and trying to avoid public transportation as much as possible, will help reduce the number of people who become sick at any given time and the possibility of exhausting our health care resources."

You can watch the governor's news conference by clicking here:

This story will continue to be updated.

Josh Morgan

Station Manager/News Director

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