COVID-19: 2nd Teen dies in Will County as cases rise to 2,639, surpasses 150 deaths


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On Friday, Will County Health Department announced a second teen had died in Will County due to COVID-19.  The first teenager to die from the pandemic was announced by Illinois Department of Public Health officials on Tuesday.

The teen was one of 105 new deaths announced by Illinois Department of Public Health officials Friday.

In Will County, 129 new COVID-19 cases were announced Friday, bringing case totals to 2,639 since the pandemic began.  Will is currently 4th overall among counties in infection rates for the State of Illinois.  There have now been 156 related COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began, the Will County Health Department announced Friday afternoon.

The City of Joliet now has 685 known positive cases as of Thursday afternoon, 99 of those in Joliet nursing homes.  At least 395 of Joliet’s 685 cases are two weeks old.  The first COVID-19 case in Joliet was reported on March 21st.

“So the consensus seems to be that after two weeks, the virus has passed through the system.  We don’t have hard data on that because there is no one retesting these patients or reporting back that they have been cured or relieved of the virus.” Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk announced during a press conference on Friday. 

To date, Joliet accounts for a third of all deaths in Will County, reporting 55 deaths as of Friday.

The Mayor said on Friday data trends have yet to show any sort of pattern in reporting throughout the city as efforts to starve off the disease will continue.

As of Saturday morning, IDPH reports a jump at nursing homes in Will County in cases and additional deaths.  Facilities include Meadowbrook Manor in Bolingbrook rising from 23 to 93 with 10 deaths, Symphony of Joliet rising from 81 to 127 with 24 deahts and the Parc in Joliet up from 18 cases to 33 and 7 deaths at that facility. 

IDPH is reporting anyone inside a nursing home as symptomatic, according to City of Joliet officials.

A list current as of 5/2/20 from IDPH can be found below.


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