Iroquois County reports 1st case of COVID-19

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Iroquois County Health Department is reporting it’s first case of COVID-19 tonight. The case, first tested on Monday March 23rd by a medical provider, is a man in his 50s located within Iroquois County. 

The man is currently home in isolation per IDPH guidance. 

No further information has been released.

“I do think that it’s safe to assume that’s it’s everywhere, and it’s spread throughout all communities.  If you look at the numbers for some of our neighboring counties, they have had numerous cases.  So I think it’s a fair assumption.” said Iroquois County Health Department Administrator Dee Ann Schippert at a press conference earlier today.

Iroquois County Health Department officials are asking the public to remain calm and continue to follow the Governor’s Stay-at-Home order and remain in their home as much as possible to prevent further transmission of the disease.

“We would never at the Health Department, never want to do anything to hurt our own community businesses.  But our priority at this time is the health and safety of individuals.” Administrator Schippert said.  “I really believe we are very fortunate to live in a community that we do because I do think that, not only does the community at large but also our businesses are taking this seriously and doing what they can to prevent the spread of this disease.  For that, I’m extremely grateful.”

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