Will County reported Coronavirus cases increase by 27 from Monday
Silver Cross sees slight increase in cases
By Rex Robinson | 7/14/2020, 9:50 p.m.
The number of reported Coronavirus cases in Will County increased by 27 from Monday to a total of 7,401 on Tuesday and the number of reported deaths from the virus remained unchanged at 326, according to the Will County Health Department.
Meanwhile, Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox has seen a slight uptick in the number of patients coming in and testing positive for the virus.
“Overall, the number of COVID-related patients at Silver Cross has significantly decreased over the past few months,” said the hospital's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Christopher Udovich, . “We have seen a slight increase over the last few days, which could be related to July 4th get-togethers or even Phase 4 reopening in Illinois."
Udovich stressed the increase has been small, and the number of cases in the region has remained flat, confirming that masking and social distancing measures are effective. Silver Cross Hospital's current number of COVID-positive and suspected COVID is at 24 (17 positive and 7 persons under investigation) four of which are being cared for in the intensive care unit, he added.
“Here at Silver Cross, we continue to welcome more patients back to the hospital for all types of services," Udovich said. “Last week, we opened our new on-campus Urgent Care Center; we reopened our cardiac rehabilitation program with added safety precautions and adaptations; and yesterday, we reopened our outpatient endoscopy center.
“I also wanted to take this opportunity to reassure the community, it is safe to come to Silver Cross. If you have a medical emergency or need to have surgery, don’t delay your care.”
A spokesperson for AMITA St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet could not be reached for comment on that hospital's COVID-19 cases.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 155,506 Coronavirus cases on Tuesday an increase of 707 from Monday and 7,218 deaths from the virus, an increase of 25 from Monday. More than 2 million people had been tested for the virus as of Sunday, according to the IDPH, and the recovery rate from the virus has remained at 94 percent..
The number of cases reported from longterm care facilities totaled 2,340 and reported deaths from the virus and longterm care facilities totaled 3898. In Will County, Meadowbrook Manor of Bolingbrook had the highest number of Coronavirus outbreaks (out of 11 facilities with current outbreak cases in the past 28 days) with 188 outbreaks, and the highest number of reported deaths in the county from the virus at 40.
- COVID Cases broken down by Area Zip Codes:
- 60433 Zip Code 331
- 60434 Zip Code: No data available
- 60435 Zip Code 711
- 60431 Zip Code 190
- 60432 Zip Code 494
- 60436 Zip Code 277
- Total Joliet cases from Zip Codes Reported: 1,726
- Bolingbrook: 901
- Romeoville: 592
- Lockport: 238
- 60544: 215
- 60585: 119
- 60586: 400
- Total Plainfield cases from all Zip Codes: 734
- 60404: 132
- Crest Hill:
- 60403: No data reported
- * Source IDPH
Illinois is currently in Phase 4 of the five-phase Restore Illinois Plan and many more businesses have re-opened.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker's administration has been working to expand COVID-19 testing capability across the state. There are currently three state-run drive-thru testing sites in Evanston, Pekin, and Markham along with dozens of other testing sites at health centers in every region of the state. A list of testing sites, their contact information, and their eligibility requirements for testing can be found at https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/testing-sites
More information about coronavirus cases in Illinois and Will County is at https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/.