Residents of Kankakee County are refusing to cooperate with efforts to aid in contact tracing for a outbreak at a wedding.
The Kankakee County Health Department (KCHD) put out a call out tied to a COVID-19 outbreak at a Wedding on August 1st in Wisconsin. That’s where several Kankakee County residents attended a Wedding and have since refused to provide names of others they were in close contact with, and may have exposed at the event.
So far, 11 residents who attended a Wedding at Boxed & Burlap in Delvan, Wisconsin have tested positive in Kankakee County.
“Unfortunately, many of those who have tested positive are unwilling to cooperate with the Kankakee County Health Department Contact Tracing team to provide names and contact information not others they were in close contact with and possibly exposed at the event.” KCHD said in a statement Friday.
Since that time attendees could have unwillingly exposed countless individuals to the disease that has a 14 day isolation period.
Those who knowingly attended the wedding and fail to quarantine can have legal action taken against you, including a Class A misdemeanor per Title 77 Part 690: Control of Communicable Disease Code.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health issue, nota political one. Do your part to keep yourself, your loved ones and your community safe.” KCHD added. “Taking safety guidelines seriously and cooperating with KCHD contact tracers are necessary steps to protect Kankakee County and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
On Friday, the agency announced 20 additional residents had tested positive for the disease, bringing this week’s totals in Kankakee County to 106 total cases this week.