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SYCAMORE – An individual in DeKalb County has examined constructive for the coronavirus for the primary time, DeKalb County public well being officers confirmed Saturday.
The affected person is an grownup of their 40s who has developed the illness often called COVID-19. DeKalb County Public Well being Administrator Lisa Gonzalez declined to disclose every other details about the individual. She stated the affected person is isolating themselves as required, and the well being division has been in communication with individuals who could have been uncovered to the virus by contact with the affected person.
“We now have adopted up with the individual and we’re doing a contact investigation presently,” Gonzalez stated. “The very first thing we do is guarantee that individual is remoted.”
Gonzalez stated she could not reveal if the affected person was hospitalized or remoted at house, or the place in DeKalb County they lived. Saturday’s announcement makes the primary recognized case of COVID-19 in DeKalb County, although the statewide complete as of Saturday rose to 753 in 26 counties, with the vast majority of instances in Prepare dinner County.
Gonzalez stated though she will’t but put a quantity on what number of exams have been carried out in DeKalb County, coronavirus testing is being achieved.
“Our space well being care suppliers are doing testing, the lab samples are being despatched to the state and personal labs for precedence,” Gonzalez stated.
Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital this week set up remote COVID-19 testing sites in entrance of the hospital, although the websites will not be for individuals who stroll in off the road. In an effort to be examined, an individual should name their physician or a well being care skilled first who will stroll them by a sequence of questions to find out in the event that they meet a threshold for seriousness of signs.
Signs embrace a fever, cough or different chilly or flu-like signs, tough respiration or shortness of breath. If accepted by a health care provider, you may get the take a look at.
Folks won’t be examined in the event that they’re solely experiencing gentle signs or do not meet all symptom standards, Gonzalez stated.
“We aren’t testing people who find themselves asymptomatic or when you’ve got gentle signs,” she stated. “When you have gentle signs, it’s best to keep put, isolate your self from those that are nicely so you aren’t getting them sick.”
Gonzalez stated she additionally could not reveal what number of exams have up to now been carried out in DeKalb County.
“We hope to have the ability to launch to the general public within the close to future, how the [Illinois Department of Public Heath] does it,” she stated. “The place they checklist the variety of constructive instances, unfavourable instances and pending instances. We’re not fairly there but.”
She stated regardless of the rising variety of instances and fast shift in life-style because of closing companies and stay-at-home orders, folks should not panic.
“If you happen to’re not doing important issues, keep house,” Gonzalez stated. “Even when they’re scared of doubtless getting the virus, that is the very best factor they will do presently. It is extremely regular to really feel concern or nervousness in a scenario like this, however we’re making an attempt to guarantee folks to remain calm and keep put.”
It’s also possible to keep in contact with DeKalb County Well being Division COVID-19 associated content material by signing up for a publication at www.dekalbcounty.org/coronavirus, calling 1-800-889-3931 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.