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The Grundy County Health Department (GCHD) announced the first case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Grundy County, IL, on March 23, 2020. A second positive case has been identified today. This second resident is a female in her 40s. Public health officials are identifying and working with all close contacts. Federal privacy restrictions prohibit the release of any additional information.
COVID-19 is a novel virus. Most people have little or no immunity due to the lack of exposure to the virus or similar viruses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals over the age of 65 and people who have serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease are at higher risk for severe illness. Testing at local hospitals is currently based on presented symptoms including a fever and/or signs or symptoms of lower respiratory illness, such as cough and shortness of breath, and epidemiological risk factors including contact and travel history.
It is extremely important that everyone help to stop the virus from spreading. In order to fight the spread of COVID-19, a shelter in place order was issued by Governor J.B. Pritzker. This order is in effect through April 7.
“Testing at the State and private laboratories is increasing in capacity, but protocol is in place to prioritize persons to be tested," Grundy County Public Health Administrator Michelle Pruim said. "Please assume that COVID-19 is everywhere in our community, even without a positive result. Thankfully, IDPH states that most illness caused by coronavirus is mild. And unless you are an older adult or have underlying health conditions, you may not need to be tested.
"Please continue to stay at home with your usual housemates, leaving only for essential needs, and consult your health care provider by phone to discuss your symptoms and health history, and to obtain the best personalized plan for your recovery and wellness. The Health Department continues to be available for general inquiries and some screening processes.”
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