Oak Park has 17 confirmed COVID-19 cases

An additional eight residents received positive test results

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By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

The village of Oak Park announced March 27 that an additional eight residents have tested positively for COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the village to 17.

The newly reported cases have an age range from people in their 20s through 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)."

This particular 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."


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Brian Slowiak  

Posted: March 28th, 2020 4:35 PM

Thanxs all

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: March 28th, 2020 3:02 PM

It was the school districts, not the villages. . . https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/4-10-2012/Oak-Park-schools-restrict-sweets-as-rewards-for-students/

Kline Maureen  

Posted: March 28th, 2020 2:12 PM

@Brian Slowiak, if I recall correctly, it had something to do with wrapping each item separately and labeling each with a complete list of ingredients. I believe it also applied to the bake sale fundraisers held at the OP Farmers' Market. A bit of over-reach and I don't think it was actually adopted.

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: March 28th, 2020 2:12 PM

Brian Slowiak I like the idea of having a local health department. As for how effective it is, I have had mostly all good interactions although that was decades ago. As one story reports, it appears as it is a one person department which would be difficult for anyone to handle and now the department will be getting support. So all in all I think the department is now being shored up and that is good. There is a lot of things that people can do to stop the spread of this virus. To put it in terms that you can relate to, think of it as finger prints. You do not want to leave any left around, including adjusting the rear view mirror. All needs to be wiped clean and even coming into contact with bare skin such as arms and elbows can leave traces so make sure to wash up to your shoulders if you are not wearing long sleeve shirts. Any input that you can help your fellow citizens with would greatly be appreciated, Brian. We are at war with a killer and I want it dead or at least contained so we provide the time to discover a vaccine and ease off the tremendous strain put on our medical professionals and first responders

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: March 28th, 2020 1:54 PM

If I recall correctly, there was an attempted ban on home prepared baked goods for school fund raising. Control for good or for bad.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: March 28th, 2020 1:50 PM

@ Marlene Scott: Oak Park has a Health Department because Oak Park, in the name of Health wants to keep control. Recall the bicycle helmet for kids fiasco where the Health Department wanted the Police Department to enforce their proposed helmet law and the Chief of Police is quoted to the effect "enforcing the ban will not be a top priority for us". Control. For good or bad.

Marlene Scott from Oak park  

Posted: March 28th, 2020 1:01 PM

What is the reason why Oak Park has its own health department instead of being part of the Cook County Health Department?

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: March 28th, 2020 11:46 AM

The village cannot release further information regarding the cases due to privacy laws. I completely understand the privacy laws. Now lets start to think why this continues. Here are some suggestions that may help. All businesses that sell food should have employees temperatures checked each day. Not in the morning since it is lower. Each gas pump should be wiped or some type of cloth should separate human contact. Grocery stores should wipe conveyor belts between customers. Each credit card terminal should be wiped between customers. No more contact with parking meters. Any surface for writing a check sure be wiped. There is no 6 foot distance between a grocery check out person and a customer because room does not allow for it so masks should be worn when they become available or even a home made one would be better than nothing. Hand gloves should be disposable and not reused. All packages should be thrown away and wash hands. After exchanging money hands should be washed. Wash down the inside of vehicles including indoor handle, shifter, seat adjustment, seal belt and pay attention to how many things you touch. There are other ways to prevent the spread although it would cause inconvenience at this time. We are at a larger number in Oak Park now because it is taking weeks before people recognize areas that the spread needs to be secured. Lets stop the spread now, and not learn how to stop it later. We will reach a peak and the numbers will drop down only when we behave properly. Combine all of your trips in one day for the week and then stay home. We just need to stay home for 2 weeks to find out the improvement. I am asking this of all people so we can let the professionals do their job and we all win together

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