Oak Park has 30 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Four residents and a police officer received positive test results

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By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

The village of Oak Park announced March 30 that four more residents have tested positively for COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the village to 30. The village also released that an officer of the Oak Park Police Department has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

The newly reported cases have an age range 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.

According to the announcement, Oak Park Assistant Human Resources Director Kira Tchang has "notified employees who have had direct contact with the individual and they have been placed in quarantine status as a precaution."

The announcement also states that, Pursuant to current Illinois Department of Public Health protocols, "any other individuals who had direct close contact with the village employee would be notified through the applicable public health authority."

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 also includes 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 31st, 2020 5:34 PM

Barbara Purington All good information in my opinion although there is one factor that I think would add to reducing the spread and that is wearing the real N95 mask while out in public. Why they are not available or any idea were they are is not really a fair answer to citizens. This is an airborne spread virus. It will stay airborne in stores and people can walk into it. It will land on surfaces and that is why wiping surfaces is necessary although masks would reduce drop the virus to surfaces. There is a lack of sanitizing supplies in several stores that I have tried to procure. On line deliver services are over loaded and lack supplies. For weeks there have been talk about supplies coming in and they are not here. All I can do is based in on my Military training that when you have a situation like this, you have to prevent it from entering into the body and also through the skin. The question is will there really be supplies at the end of April is some thing that is still to be found out. Complaining does no good. Questioning is worthwhile although you know the answers if you have been following the press conference

Carol Ann from Oak Park  

Posted: March 31st, 2020 5:14 PM

I know that we can't be told who the people are that have tested positive, but please, at least give us the statistics of how many of the 30 have died and how many have recovered fully or are recovering fully.

Barbara Purington  

Posted: March 31st, 2020 12:39 PM

Watched MSNBC news late last night, Gov. Cuomo of N,Y. was one of the guests. In NY state, virus cluster began in Westchester County in suburb of New Rochelle when ONE resident, positive for Corona 19, attended two public events exposing over 100 people; he became patient 1 for that state. I am finding friends and members of local Face Book Groups not understanding that trips to Costco, Pete's et al should be limited to as few as possible. Understand that there are people with Corona 19 who feel fine, or have not been tested who are also shopping with you. You risk contagion by your need to do large-scale food shopping in the service of taking care of your large families. This is how Lombardia in northern Italia became a disaster area. Limit your trips, buy for two weeks, pool with a neighboring family and take turns, use free delivery services if available. Schedule meatless days, cut down on snacks, forgo fresh fruit for canned, keep a stock of dried beans to make protein rich meals. A variety of food is important. Imagine you are a refugee in a camp on the Syrian border with limited water and food supplies. Loose the entitled attitudes and a few pounds too. Teach your children how to grow food, it is almost time to plant lettuce, spinach, peas outdoors; start tomatoes, squash et al indoors to transplant later. Even if Social Isolation is practiced perfectly, (and it is not), there will be thousands of deaths. The point is to decrease the peak outbreak, so there is a hospital bed for you when you get sick. Watch what happens in NYC and New Orleans around April 9, 10. Infectious Disease Specialist, Epidemiologists can predict based on hard data. Wishing moments of peace to all during these frightening times.

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: March 30th, 2020 9:00 PM

Disappointing to know that it has now spread to a First Responder. This is taking place within N.Y.P.D.. There must be a way to invest in ways to further protect from exposure with concentration in places that are essential such as grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.

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