Oak Park reports first likely COVID-19-related death

Another six residents test positive

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By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

The village of Oak Park has announced April 2 that a resident who previously tested positive for COVID-19 has died, likely becoming the village's first COVID-19-related fatality.

According to the village's news release, the resident who died was a man in his 60s. The Cook County Medical Examiner will determine the final cause of death.

The news release stated, "[Oak Park Public Health] Director [Mike] Charley acknowledged that although a death was not unanticipated, it remained difficult news for Oak Park Public Health staff as they considered what the individual's friends and family likely were going through."

Also within the news release, Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb called on the Oak Park community to "keep this man and his family in our thoughts and prayers" and to remain "vigilant in being safe," to have faith and stay united.

In addition to the first probable COVID-19-related death in Oak Park, the village's news release stated that the Illinois Public Health Department has reported an additional six Oak Park residents have received positive COVID-19 test results.

As of April 2, the village has a total of 52 confirmed cases. The newest six range in age from their 20s to 60s.

The village did not release further information regarding the fatality or the new cases due to privacy laws.

The news release bulletin stated, "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."



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Ramona Lopez  

Posted: April 3rd, 2020 10:51 PM

@William Kunz. Please review HIPPA laws.

Les Golden  

Posted: April 3rd, 2020 10:34 AM

I agree with Mr. Kunz. You can be sure that Dominos and other food delivery services read about this. They, being aware that one of their delivery people may have come in contact, will send that delivery person for testing. If positive, that delivery person will be quarantined and will not be delivering for the foreseeable future, preventing spread to other residents. I'm sure the family of the unfortunate person would not want to see other families suffering the same grieving.

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: April 2nd, 2020 11:33 PM

William Kunz I hope you can understand this. To me, this is very unfortunate that some one may have succumbed to the virus still pending from the M.E.. What is more important right now is what each of us are doing to limit our exposure. We currently have good information on what to do. Follow the information and give some thought to the family

William Kunz  

Posted: April 2nd, 2020 10:13 PM

Question: Why in the world are deaths not published in name. There is absolutely No shame in dying during a pandemic! Once more people who MAY have come in contact with the deceased can be made aware of possible exposure. Not really being pro active or responsible to the 'sheltering in place' public.

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