266 Coronavirus Cases Confirmed In Buffalo Grove

Eric DeGrechie

BUFFALO GROVE, IL — Like every other municipality in Illinois, the Village of Buffalo Grove has been dealing with its own unique data points regarding the coronavirus. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 266 people have contracted COVID-19 in Buffalo Grove since the outbreak began.

The Lake County Health Department reports there have been 7,291 confirmed cases in Lake County. In addition, there have been 249 deaths. Here is a breakdown of Lake County cases by age:

  • Less than 20 (600 cases)
  • 20-39 (2,342 cases)
  • 40-59 (2,638 cases)
  • 60-79 (1,176 cases)
  • 80 and older (407 cases)

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports 1,763 people have been tested across Buffalo Grove (zip codes 60069, 60089) as of Friday.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner, 10 people have died due to COVID-19 in the Cook County portion of Buffalo Grove since April 6.

Here is a breakdown of COVID-19 related deaths by date in Buffalo Grove:

  • April 6 — 1
  • April 10 — 1
  • April 14 — 1
  • April 16 — 1
  • April 19 — 2
  • May 4 — 1
  • May 5 — 1
  • May 10 — 1
  • May 17 — 1

According to the medical examiner, the age breakdown for the 10 deaths are: 80+ (8) and 60-69 (2). In addition, 9 of the deceased were females and 1 was male.

As of Friday, there have been 71 coronavirus-related cases in the Cook County portion of Buffalo Grove, according to the Cook County Department of Public Health.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports there have been 1,155 confirmed coronavirus cases in long-term care facilities in Lake County. There have been 154 deaths in these facilities. Here is a breakdown of cases and deaths at some of these facilities in Buffalo Grove:

  • Belmont Village of Buffalo Grove — 59 cases, 13 deaths
  • Symphony Buffalo Grove — 4 cases, 0 deaths

These numbers include both residents and employees of the long-term care facilities.

Latest coronavirus numbers in: Arlington Heights, Deerfield, Glenview and Northbrook.

State health officials on Friday announced 2,758 new cases of the coronavirus and 110 additional deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. The statewide total now stands at 105,444 confirmed infections and 4,715 known deaths.

The most recent deaths include:

  • Boone County: 1 male 40s
  • Cook County: 5 males 40s, 2 females 50s, 3 males 50s, 8 females 60s, 13 males 60s, 3 females 70s, 9 males 70s, 10 females 80s, 12 males 80s, 6 females 90s, 4 males 90s
  • DuPage County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
  • Kane County: 1 male 50s, 2 males 70s, 1 unknown 70s, 1 male 90s
  • Kankakee County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
  • Lake County: 1 female 50s, 2 males 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 2 female 90s, 1 male 90s, 1 female 100+
  • LaSalle County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s
  • Madison County: 1 female 90s
  • McHenry County: 1 male 80s
  • Peoria County: 1 male 50s
  • St. Clair County: 1 unknown 90s
  • Will County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s
  • Winnebago County: 1 female 90s

One hundred of 102 Illinois counties now report cases of the virus, and statewide, deaths range from people younger than one year old to older than 100, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Experts say testing, contact tracing and health care capacity are keys to safely lifting lockdowns. Over the past 24 hours, labs in Illinois have processed 25,113 coronavirus tests for a total of 697,133 since the pandemic began, according to state officials. The state's rolling, seven-day postivity rate is now 13 percent, a slight decline from recent days, officials said. According to the Johns Hopkins University, a positivity rate of less than 12 percent is a good measure of whether enough tests are being conducted in a given state.

"If a state's positivity rate is too high, that may indicate that the state is only testing the sickest patients who seek medical attention, and does not have enough testing capacity to accurately measure how prevalent the virus is within its communities," the university's coronavirus website says. "A low rate of positivity in testing data can be seen as a sign that a state is testing enough of its population to make informed decisions about reopening."

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said last week, that all regions of the state are on track to move into the next phase of Restore Illinois, his plan to reopen the state, on May 29. But he called on Illinoisans to "stay the course" to make sure that happens.

The United States as a whole has tested more than 13 million people for the coronavirus as of Friday. After early testing failures that left officials unable to track the spread of the disease, that number is improving, but experts say many states are still undertesting.

The United States now has nearly 1.6 million confirmed coronavirus infections, according to Johns Hopkins University, and at least 95,495 Americans have died from COVID-19. Globally, more than 5.1 million people have been infected and 335,941 are known to have died.

— Ryne Danielson, Patch Staff, contributed to this article

Illinois Coronavirus Helpline:

Illinois officials say a state helpline has been set up to provide emotional support and quick answers to questions about the coronavirus pandemic. Illinoisans can test "TALK" to 55-2020 (or "HABLAR" for Spanish), and within 24 hours they will receive a call from a counselor. Residents can also text keywords like "UNEMPLOYMENT," "FOOD," or "SHELTER," to the same number to receive additional information about those topics.

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Coronavirus by the numbers:

Illinois:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 105,444
  • Deaths: 4,715
  • People tested: 697,133
  • Recovered: No data available

Nationwide:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 1,590,349
  • Deaths: 95,495
  • People tested: 13,056,206
  • Recovered: 298,418

Global:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 5,168,433
  • Deaths: 335,941
  • People tested: No data available
  • Recovered: 1,990,975

Sources: Johns Hopkins University and IDPH

Tips from the CDC on dealing with coronavirus:

While the best way to prevent illness is to avoid virus exposure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention generally recommends taking these actions to prevent the spread of viruses:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

What to do if you're sick:

Call head if you're planning to visit your doctor:

  • If you have a medical appointment, call the health care provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the health care provider's office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.

Stay home unless you must see a doctor:

  • Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
  • Avoid public areas: Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
  • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis.

Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home:

  • Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
  • Limit contact with pets and animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just as you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.
  • When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a face mask. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.

Avoid sharing personal household items:

  • Do not share: You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home.
  • Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.

Masks:

  • CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
  • Face mask instructions - sew- and no-sew masks

To donate personal protective equipment (PPE), email PPE.donations@illinois.gov. For health questions about COVID-19, call the state coronavirus hotline at 1-800-889-

This article originally appeared on the Buffalo Grove Patch