Oak Park Public Health Director Mike Charley announced that an Oak Park man in his 50s has died – becoming the village’s second fatality likely caused COVID-19, according to an announcement issued April 9. The Cook County Medical Examiner will determine the official cause of death.
The village of Oak Park reported its first likely COVID-19-related fatality April 1; the Cook County Medical Examiner has yet to release a cause of death determination in that case, but the individual – a man in his 60s – had previously tested positive for the virus.
Along with the second likely fatality, another six Oak Park residents have received positive COVID-19 test results, according to the April 9 village announcement. Oak Park now has a total of 81 cases. However, that number could change as public health officials conduct verification of residency.
The newest six cases range in age from 40s to 80s. Privacy laws prohibit the village from releasing further information regarding the individuals.
According to the announcement, “Anyone who has had close, direct contact with any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 is notified by the local public health authority as part of standard patient tracking and case follow-up procedures.”