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Will County Health Department reports 6,763 Coronavirus cases

By Rex Robinson | 6/30/2020, 10:40 p.m.
The number of reported coronavirus cases in Will County increased by 58 from Tuesday to a total of 6,763 and ...

The number of reported coronavirus cases in Will County increased by 58 from Tuesday to a total of 6,763 and the number of deaths from the virus remained at 321, with no increase from Tuesday, according to the Will County Health Department.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 144,013 total Coronavirus cases, an increase of 828 from Tuesday and deaths increased by 28 during that 24-hour period to a total of 6,951, according to the IDPH. More than 1.63 million tests have been performed statewide, IDPH officials said.

Meanwhile, Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, one of the major medical centers in the region, has been seeing a decline in the number of patients admitted to the hospital testing positive for Coronavirus, according to hospital spokesperson Debra Robbins.

The hospital two weeks ago had 21 COVID-related patients, 11 of which were COVID-positive and 10 that were patients under investigation, Robbins said.

At it's peak during the month of April, Silver Cross had more than 50 COVID-positive patients and more than 20 patients under investigation in the hospital, she said, adding that in mid-April the hospital saw its largest single COVID-positive inpatient population with 62 individuals confirmed with COVID at one time.

"Our numbers started to decline steadily beginning in early May," Robbins said..

Dr. Atul Gupta, Medical Director of Infection Prevention at Silver Cross Hospital, said it has been very reassuring to see the recent drastic reductions in new COVID cases both statewide and here locally at Silver Cross.

"This is further confirmation that, as we suspected, social distancing and mask-wearing measures were both necessary and effective," Gupta said. "In other places that prematurely lifted restrictions we are unfortunately seeing some dramatic increases in new cases with the potential to seriously strain their local health-care systems. The people of Illinois should be proud of what they have accomplished in helping to get this deadly pandemic under control.”

Illinois is currently in Phase 4 of the five-phase Restore Illinois Plan and many more businesses have started to reopen.

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/.