Will County COVID-19 climbs to 26, Kankakee to 3 total cases

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Local Health Department officials announced revised cases of COVID-19 throughout the area, with a total of 26 in Will County and 3 in Kankakee County.

Will County Health Department reports of those 26 cases, ten males and 16 females ranging in ages between 20 to 70 years old throughout dozens of communities in the County. Kankakee County Health Department released an additional positive today but declined to release additional data to the Press. Two individuals in the County that tested positive and had contact with each other are currently in self-quarantine.

“It’s all over the place right now,” Health Department spokesman Steve Brandy said earlier today. So far, no young children in Will County have tested positive for COVID-19.

Testing was cut short today at Wal-Mart in Joliet following the announcement earlier this week it would be a dedicated testing site for First Responders and Healthcare professionals due to a lack of testing.
That announcement was made minutes after Wal-Mart opened for the day. Walgreens located at 695 W. Boughton Road in Bolingbrook announced they would also begin parking lot testing in the county. Both stations are scheduled to operate between 10 am and 4 pm.

Testing has been restricted for the public since Friday. However, Midwest Express Clinic in Bourbonnais announced yesterday it would be a public testing site for at high risk individuals in the area, but says patients would only be tested following a phone screener.

If the individual has symptoms that include a fever, a cough, and shortness of breath; they should immediately contact their health care provider, who would know their medical background, and can recommend whether hospitalization and/or testing is needed.

There are now over 1.2k COVID-19 cases across the State of Illinois, resulting in 12 deaths, officials announced this afternoon.

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