Oak Park has 26 confirmed COVID-19 cases

An additional five residents received positive test results March 29

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By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

Oak Park now has a total of 26 confirmed cases of COVID-19, as an additional five Oak Park residents have received positive test results for the virus, the village announced March 29. Just one day prior, on March 28, the village announced that four residents tested positively for COVID-19. On March 27, the village announced eight cases.

The newly reported five cases range in age from 30s to 70s. The village cannot release further information regarding the cases due to privacy laws. The announcement noted that privacy precludes the sharing of the location information of those tested to anyone other than public health officials and first responders.

As with the previously reported cases, the village announcement stated "The Oak Park Department of Public Health is working closely with officials from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), investigating and notifying anyone who may have had exposure to the individual who tested positive for COVID-19. Local public health officials, hospitals and first responders are following protocols consistent with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)."

The announcement included an important caveat designated with asterisks, reading, "It is important to note that as patient tracking and case follow-up occurs,  the number of Oak Park cases reported may change depending on residency confirmation."


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Tommy McCoy  

Posted: March 30th, 2020 12:05 PM

Greg Kolar Thank you for the link and explaining how to work the website. Very helpful information in compiling information on how well other towns are being effected and from a quick check it seems all areas are being hit equally. I think at the least that all shopping carts would be spread down although ultimately it is up to all of us to take the necessary precautions as we count on more supplies to reach towns so they have a way to help fight against it. It is airborne so it is a very difficult challenge unless spraying in concentrated areas would prove beneficial. Just not enough information known to battle against it and I would think there would be more information then the basics to help stop the spread

Greg Kolar  

Posted: March 30th, 2020 8:53 AM

If you would like that data here is a link for the interactive map for those that rely on the Cook County Health Department for release of information. On the menu click on map so you can hover over places like River Forest, Elmwood Park etc. https://ccdphcd.shinyapps.io/draftapp03282020/

Greg Kolar  

Posted: March 30th, 2020 8:49 AM

Tommy, River Forest isn't mentioned because their information would be tracked at the county level which releases information from a county perspective excluding the cities/villages/townships with their own health departments (Chicago, Evanston, Oak Park, Skokie and Stickney Township)

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: March 29th, 2020 9:49 PM

Thank you Stacey Sheridan for the update. I hope that some one can connect the dots why it is increasing in Oak Park and there has been no mention of River Forest

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