Oak Park now has a total of 26 confirmed cases of COVID-19, as an additional five Oak Park residents have received positive test results for the virus, the village announced March 29. Just one day prior, on March 28, the village announced that four residents tested positively for COVID-19. On March 27, the village announced eight cases.
The newly reported five cases range in age from 30s to 70s. The village cannot release further information regarding the cases due to privacy laws. The announcement noted that privacy precludes the sharing of the location information of those tested to anyone other than public health officials and first responders.
As with the previously reported cases, the village announcement stated “The Oak Park Department of Public Health is working closely with officials from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), investigating and notifying anyone who may have had exposure to the individual who tested positive for COVID-19. Local public health officials, hospitals and first responders are following protocols consistent with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”
The announcement included an important caveat designated with asterisks, reading, “It is important to note that as patient tracking and case follow-up occurs, the number of Oak Park cases reported may change depending on residency confirmation.”