Will County Announces 118 New Coronavirus Cases, 3 New Deaths

Jeff Arnold

JOLIET, IL — As Illinois prepares to move into Phase 4 of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan later this week and on a day when state health officials reported a 2.5 percent positivity rate, 118 new confirmed coronavirus cases and three more deaths were announced in Will County on Monday.

County health officials announced that there are now 6,419 positive cases countywide with the increase coming since they released their counts on Friday. Monday’s counts take the countywide death toll to 313 after the coronavirus-related deaths of a man in his 70s, a woman in her 70s and a woman in her 80s were announced on Monday.

According to county health data, deaths are highest among females in their 80s (55), followed by men in their 80s (45) and males in their 70s and females in their 90s (39).

On Monday, Will County County Health Department's Community Health Center has partnered with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to provide coronavirus mobile testing in high-risk community locations for that will be is processed through state health department laboratories.

“Congregate care settings innately have challenges because of the proximity of their residents, causing the risk of transmission to be higher," Will County Health Department Executive Director Sue Olenek said in a news release. "This includes nursing and assisted living homes, childcare sites, residential treatment facilities, and many more.”

Of the county's confirmed cases, 3,205 are women and 3,173 are men with 41 unknown cases as of Monday’s reporting. Statewide, 26 new deaths were announced on Monday along with 462 cases. State health officials announced that 137,224 people across Illinois have tested positive while 6,671 have died.

Pritzker announced on Monday that the state had met enough strides in lowering the number of confirmed cases, hospitalizations and deaths to warrant moving ahead with further reopening. The state reported a 2.5 percent positivity rate over the past seven days as of Saturday.

Now, as numbers continue to drop, state officials are asking Illinois residents to continue to continue doing what they've been doing.

“The state of Illinois has made great progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19, largely because of the measures our administration enacted to protect residents and communities during this public health crisis,” Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said in a news release on Monday. “Our strategy to encourage social distancing and expand testing and contact tracing will enable Illinois communities to continue to take steps to reopen, to return to work and to resume daily activities.”

This article originally appeared on the Joliet Patch