Whiteside County Reports First Death from COVID-19

March 31, 2020 – Whiteside County is saddened to report the first COVID-19 related death in Whiteside County. The individual was a resident in their 90s that had previously tested positive for COVID-19. Epidemiological investigation had been concluded for the individual and Whiteside County Health Department (WCHD) is currently monitoring their close contacts.

On March 30th WCHD reported a Whiteside County resident in their 30s had tested positive for COVID-19. After finishing epidemiological investigation, WCHD learned the individual was not a resident of Whiteside County. This is the second laboratory confirmed positive test reported to Whiteside County Health Department with an incorrect address. Both tests were performed at an out of county location. Whiteside County Health Department asks providers conducting testing, to verify they have an individual’s correct address at the time of testing. WCHD also asks individuals seeking testing to check with their provider to make sure their providers have correct addresses listed.

Whiteside County’s current numbers are 5 positive laboratory confirmed cases. Of those 5 cases, 2 have recovered and 1 has died. 

WCHD stresses the number of laboratory confirmed positive cases are not representative of the actual number of COVID-19 cases within the county. This is because presumed cases who do not receive testing are not reported, laboratory turnaround times can take days, IDPH only recommends testing from individuals hospitalized with severe acute lower respiratory illness or those living and working in congregate settings, and data suggesting 80% of COVID-19 cases are mild and therefore would not be tested. We expect to continue to see additional reported and presumed cases of COVID-19 in Whiteside County.

What The Public Can Do:

● STAY CALM: You are not alone in this, your community is here to support you. Talk to your friends and family and let them know if you are having concerns.
● STAY APART: Keep at least 6 feet away from others including while shopping. Avoid the lines by taking advantage of pick-up and delivery services for groceries and other goods.
● STAY PUT: Stay home, and only go out when essential (buying groceries, pick-up medicine, ect) or if you are experiencing a medical emergency and please try to call ahead.

For general questions about COVID-19 call IDPH’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-889-3931.
Additional information is also available on the Illinois Coronavirus and CDC COVID-19 websites.

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