Forty-six Oak Parkers diagnosed with COVID-19

Ten more residents receive positive test results

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Ten more Oak Park residents have tested positive for COVID-19, according to an April 1 announcement from the village of Oak Park. The total number of residents with COVID-19 is now 46.

The newest Oak Park cases range in age from the 30s to 70s. Previously announced cases include a child younger than one. Further information cannot be released 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.

The village of Oak Park's April 1 announcement did not include any mention of additional cases within the Oak Park Police Department. As of March 31, the village announced two police officers have received positive COVID-19 diagnoses.

As with the previously reported cases, the bulletin 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: April 2nd, 2020 12:07 PM

Natalie Stein the entire board has seemed to have gone on vacation except for Trustee Andrews since you can rich him via facebook and he will answer questions. If you are using parking meters and pushing buttons just take the parking ticket instead of spreading the possible virus and when things return to a new way you can always say it was a risk to your health during a pandemic

Natalie Stein  

Posted: April 2nd, 2020 10:19 AM

I would also comment on the parking restrictions. The Mayor extended the stay at home mandate when Governor Pritzer first announced such a mandate for the entire state. The Governor has extended the stay at home mandate and our Mayor has gone silent. Going to work or for food and other essentials are necessities but, having to be constantly moving your car exposing yourself and other family members to possible exposure should not have to be a necessity for residents. During a pandemic the village could give residents a break. What is more important to the Mayor and others in Village Hall the RESIDENTS OR REVENUE? Sad to say but, if I was placing a wager my money would be on the latter.

Humphrey Goodman  

Posted: April 2nd, 2020 3:22 AM

My concern and question is if the Village will continue with eased parking restrictions. I have noticed people staying in since they haven't had to move their car every two minutes and appearing to be going out for necessities only. If, the Village reinstates the parking restrictions I believe they are endangering both the residents and Village employees. Let us see if the Village does the right thing and eases the restrictions through April 30 per the Governor's stay at home mandate.

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: April 1st, 2020 8:46 PM

This is a jump of 29 people in 4 day's. Lets work to reduce these numbers in 2 more weeks. All elevators should be considered one person at a time and all buttons that are touched including assisted grip bars and when pumping. gas pump. Play the game of leaving no finger prints behind if that helps you think of what you have touched. Keep sanitizer with you at all times when shopping for essentials and use it. If anyone has any suggestions please make a comment. We must stop this each as individuals working for each other

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