Contractual worker at Sheridan prison tests positive for COVID-19

Cheryl Sanders
March 26, 2020

The addition brings the total number of COVID-19 patients in Will County to 50 confirmed cases and two deaths.

The first case in Ohio County is a female who was tested on March 23 and whose test came back positive on Tuesday.

There also were cases in Newton, Sandyston and Sparta. Two cases were identified in Sparta and another in Hopatcong.

The Will County Health Department announced 20 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one death in the county on Wednesday.

Brandy reiterated the confirmed cases were found all over the county.

The Sussex County Division of Health has been working to identify individuals who came into contact with these residents. Asymptomatic contacts will be quarantined.

So far three county residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, with 11 people in mandatory quarantine, 21 in precautionary quarantine and 52 in mandatory isolation.

The St. Lawrence County Health Department, in concert with Gov. Cuomo and state agencies, is urging residents to stay home, avoid gatherings and avoid contact with other people.

The county's first three cases were announced on Wednesday, March 18.

The health department is conducting contact investigation with the patients and will be monitoring their general health.

The cases are being investigated by health officials. "We are taking all possible steps to ensure the well-being of Sussex County and our surrounding communities".

Schuyler said the virus is here in the county and will spread at a "rampant rate" if people don't adhere to the strategies of staying home, practicing social distancing and washing their hands frequently for at least 20 seconds. She said the county is experiencing a shortage of test, of which there is a nationwide shortage.

"Our town government does not have, nor do we seek, any contact or other information concerning this individual", Burrell said. The state sent them to county health departments to be shared to hospitals.

For questions, call The Winnebago County Health Department at 1-815-319-6705 (Available Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. -5 p.m.) or The Illinois Department of Public Health hotline at 1-800-889-3931. Testing recommendations for patients exhibiting symptoms will be determined by the health care provider based on the individual's risk for exposure to COVID-19, which includes travel history and level of contact with a confirmed case.

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