Oak Park has 21 confirmed COVID-19 cases

An additional four residents received positive test results

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By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

The total confirmed number of COVID-19 cases in Oak Park continues to increase as the village of Oak Park announced March 28 that an additional four residents have tested positively for COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the village to 21.

The newly reported cases have an age range from 30s to 60s. 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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Tommy McCoy  

Posted: March 28th, 2020 11:26 PM

Every employee where essentials are needed should at minimum have their temperature read each day if it is proven to be effective to reduce the spread. Think how difficult it would be to track back every customer who came in contact with the person. Wiping down all surfaces between customers should be done. If this is being done I have not observed it. Let us think to maximize to minimize for others and ourselves. Thank you Wednesday Journal for your continual reporting

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: March 28th, 2020 10:01 PM

That's the second time you've asked the same question regarding the same issue, Jerry. And the second time it's been explained to you. You understand now?

Bruce Kline  

Posted: March 28th, 2020 8:45 PM

Well Jerry I can give you some general information - though perhaps incomplete - in regard to your question. HIPPA privacy applies to protected entities such as hospital records amongst others. HIPPA protected entities does not apply to autopsies or death certificates. In Illinois, such entities are a matter of the public record.

Jerry Sebesta  

Posted: March 28th, 2020 7:26 PM

Stacey As the number of residents with coronavirus in O P continues to rise at an alarming rate can you explain the following to me. You and WJ have reported detailed information including health history on the Austin man who died of the virus. Why didn't privacy apply to him as you claim it applies to O P residents.

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