Oak Park Public Health Director Mike Charley announced that an Oak Park woman in her 90s has died – becoming the village’s third fatality likely caused COVID-19, according to an announcement issued April 13. 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 when a man in his 60s died after previously testing positive for the virus.

The second likely fatality was announced April 9; in that case, the victim was a man in his 50s.

Along with the third likely fatality, another four Oak Park residents have received positive COVID-19 test results, according to the April 13 village announcement. Oak Park now has a total of 104 cases. The announcement included that two cases previously attributed to Oak Park turned out not to be residents.

The newest four cases range in age from 20s 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.”

River Forest has a total of 11 cases and Forest Park has 42 as of April 13, according to the Cook County Department of Public Health.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is likely to increase by the time Wednesday Journal has printed. Please check www.oakpark.com (or www.riverforest.com) for further case updates.


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