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T.J. Kremer III, Contributing Editor
4:02 pm CDT March 19, 2020

A case of COVID-19 has led to a death in Will County.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Thursday, March 19, the death of three more people in Illinois with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, bringing the total deaths in the state related to the illness to four.

The individuals include a Will County resident in his 50s, a Cook County resident in her 80s and an out-of-state resident in her 70s who was in Sangamon County, according to the statement.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 422 cases in 22 counties in Illinois. Cases have occurred in ages 9 to 99.

Will County Executive Larry Walsh on March 16 issued a Proclamation of a Disaster for Will County via email in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak across the county. This proclamation will activate the county’s emergency response plans to assist the residents during this time, according to the email.

The email advised to limit gatherings with more than 50 people and to consistently wash hands and use hand sanitizer. People also are encouraged to self-quarantine to limit the spread of the virus.

The Will County Health Department is recommending the following actions be taken for those who feel they may have been exposed to the coronavirus:

• Isolate yourself and self-monitor for the symptoms. This includes taking your temperature three times daily (morning, afternoon, evening) to check for a fever, along with watching for other symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath.

• If you do have these symptoms, you are asked to phone your medical provider for an examination, as your medical provider is the one who knows you and your family’s medical conditions best. Always call ahead of time, as your provider may have certain times or areas where they prefer symptomatic patients to go.

• Call the hotline. The Will County Health Department has established a Coronavirus hotline for questions, available from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday at (815) 740-8977.

Residents are encouraged to continue to monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website for more information: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.