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The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Monday the first positive case of COVID-19 was found in Will County.
The patient is a 54-year-old man and is being isolated in a hospital, according to a news release from the Will County Health Department.
Steve Brandy, a spokesman for the Will County Health Department, said he couldn't share any more information about the man who tested positive. Brandy said he also could not disclose the hospital where the man is being treated.
Brandy said health department epidemiologists are working to trace where the patient has been and who might have been exposed to him.
Brandy added that all of the patient's close contacts, including family members and health care workers, have been identified and are under mandatory 14 days home quarantine. Community casual contacts are not considered close contacts and are not required to be monitored.
The health department is closely monitoring community cases.
The health department reminds anyone who believes they may have been exposed to coronavirus to isolate themselves and self-monitor for symptoms. This includes taking their temperature three times a day, checking for fever and for other symptoms like coughing and shortness of breath.
Anyone with symptoms is asked to call their medical provider for an examination. Symptoms can include fever, cough or shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Will County Health Department also has established a coronavirus hotline for questions available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 815-740-8977.
As of Monday, the Illinois Department of Public Health had reported 105 confirmed cases in Illinois.
The CDC has advised that gatherings of 50 people or more should be put on hold for eight weeks. Gov. JB Pritzker has mandated that all gatherings of 50 people or more in Illinois be canceled.