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Teenager diagnosed with COVID-19 in Winnebago County, total cases up to 6

LOCAL CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Winnebago Co. health officials provide an update on COVID-19 cases in our area.

Posted by WREX-TV on Monday, March 23, 2020

WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WREX) — The number of COVID-19 cases in Winnebago County has once again gone up.

The Winnebago County Health Department says a teenager has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The new confirmation brings the total number of cases up to 6 in the county. The health department did not provide any more information on the 6th case.

The Winnebago County Health Department confirmed the fifth case of COVID-19 on Sunday. The patient was in their 20s and it's unknown if the patient made contact with another known case.

Here's what we know of all six cases in the county:

The health department says the second and third person's case was community spread, but have not said how any of the other patients got the virus. Details of the conditions of all of the residents is unknown at this time.

In total, 288 tests have been given in the county. 6 tests have been come back positive, 132 negative cases and 150 cases pending.

In a news release Sunday, the health department says local health departments are working with the Illinois Department of Public Health to notify people who may have been in close contact with positive cases.

"To slow the spread of COVID-19, it is important for everyone to take steps to prevent exposure," the news release said. "Stay home and only leave your house for basic needs, including visiting the doctor or buying groceries, medicine, gasoline or similar supplies."

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