Oak Park reports 68 COVID-19 cases

Plus one likely COVID-19-related fatality

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By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

Oak Park has a total of 68 cases of COVID-19 as of April 6, with three new reported cases confirmed that day. The village previously reported April 5 that Oak Park had a total of 72 cases but retracted that number after address verification determined some of the cases previously attributed to Oak Park were not in fact residents of the village.

According to the announcement, "Test results reported to the state by West Suburban Medical Center often lack addresses, so are attributed to Oak Park until local public health staff can verify residency."

The three newest cases come just days after the village of Oak Park 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 April 2 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.

The village will not release further information regarding the fatality or any specifics regarding COVID-19 cases due to privacy laws.

Oak Park village news release bulletins state, "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."

The 68 total Oak Park cases include a child as young as one years old and a resident of retirement and assisted living facility Oak Park Oasis – the latter of which received the positive COVID-19 test result March 30, according to an order issued March 31 by Oak Park Public Health Director Mike Charley.

The order mandated the person go into isolation and the symptomatic residents moved to a designated area for self-quarantine purposes within Oak Park Oasis to prevent further contamination.

According to the Cook County Department of Public Health, River Forest has a total of 8 cases as of April 6.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Oak Park and River Forest are likely to increase by the time Wednesday Journal has printed. Please check www.oakpark.com (or www.riverforest.com) for further case updates.

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Tommy McCoy  

Posted: April 7th, 2020 6:57 PM

Thank you to the Village or Pete's for finally forming an orderly line so people can keep the safe distance. Also, thank you for so many people now wearing home made masks and not the masks that our medical staff so urgently need

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: April 7th, 2020 12:41 AM

Raymond Aikens from Oak Park Those are the statistics I wanted to know about that help put together the puzzle of cases happening in Oak Park. Because of the density, you have to thin out and think of all areas to protect people and not wait out of caution when some thing seems logical

Raymond Aikens from Oak Park  

Posted: April 6th, 2020 11:56 PM

While reviewing the Illinois Dept of Public Health statistics on COVID-19 in Illinois (by ZIP Code) I was relieved to find our village not as bad as surrounding areas in Chicago, yet another stat did generate some discomfort. I hope someone more knowledgeable can address. According to the 2010 U.S. census, Oak Park is the 29th most populous municipality in Illinois. Furthermore, the population density is 11,062 per sq mi which is 4752% higher than the Illinois average and 12110% higher than the national average. That would seem to make the village comparable to a kind of petri dish, in which case a heightened sense of precaution is warranted. I hope I'm wrong, but would like to hear a response from parties more knowledgeable.

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: April 6th, 2020 10:15 PM

Nicholas Kalogeresis from Oak Park when you are in confined areas it is very easy to spread. Ships can very easily have the same problem. Apartment buildings, high rises, anywhere there is large population in a confined area makes it very easy. In my own non medical opinion, this is virus may be ale to stay suspended for a period of time and a person could have sneezed, coughed or touched something previous to you being in the area. That is why I have been advocating for any type of mask, although not what our front line needs, to minimize the spread. I also think each day a person working in a business where a package is exchanged should have their temperature taken. This virus to me, is like having finger prints all over the place. You have to stay inside as much as possible so it does not continue to spread becomes in my non medical opinion, it seems to take on a new life each time it comes into contact with another person. Wash it off, sanitize all surfaces you have touched, and do not touch your face where the virus can enter the body until you have washed your hands. Keep track of how often you go out for essentials and learn to make that amount of time even less Write down when you go to help reduce the number of times you go out. We will kill this virus and give our front line Soldiers a well deserved rest

Nicholas Kalogeresis from Oak Park  

Posted: April 6th, 2020 9:55 PM

It's quite serious and unfortunate that residents of assisted and senior living facilities continue to get infected in places around the country. How and why does this keep happening?

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