March 27: DuPage County COVID-19 Updates (6 deaths)

DuPage County Health Department

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From the DuPage County Health Department on Friday, March 27:

In DuPage County, there are 17 additional confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) since yesterday.

In DuPage County, there are now 199 confirmed cases of COVID-19 including 6 deaths. To date, these deaths have occurred among patients older than 60 years of age. Death in a patient with lab-confirmation that COVID-19 infection was present is considered as a COVID-19-related death, as the COVID-19 infection could have contributed to their death irrespective of their underlying health conditions.

DCHD reminds everyone that nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care facilities have the highest risk populations due to their age and underlying medical conditions. DCHD continues to discourage testing for individuals who are mildly or not sick at all. If you are sick, please stay home except to get medical care.

Across Illinois, the age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years. The number of cases in DuPage County as well as the most up-to-date information can be found on the DCHD website, www.dupagehealth.org/covid19. The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths being reported continues to rise, in part, due to the increase in testing by commercial and hospital laboratories, as well as the spread of the virus in the community.

Because testing is becoming more available in these labs, IDPH will prioritize testing for our most severely ill and at-risk populations, such as hospitalized patients with severe acute lower respiratory illness and those who live and work in nursing homes and other congregate facilities.