Kane County’s first coronavirus patient is not being treated at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva.
According to an email from Christopher King, director of media relations and communications at Northwestern Medicine, the patient is not currently at Delnor. King did not specify if the patient was initially treated there.
Gov. JB Prtizker announced during a Tuesday afternoon news conference that a woman in her 60s from Kane County and a male teenager from McHenry County are the first two cases outside of Cook County in Illinois. Pritzker said that neither case has any known contact with the previous 11 cases of COVID-19.
The total coronavirus cases in Illinois now stands at 19. Details about the Kane County patient’s location were not immediately available. The McHenry County patient is being treated at Advocate Good Shepard Hospital in Barrington.
Patients linked to each of the newly confirmed cases are isolated either at home or in the hospital and are reported to be “doing well,” Illinois Department of Public Health Director Ezike said during Tuesday’s news conference.
“Yes I know that people will be concerned that they see a youth within this new identification of cases,” Ezike said. “Although we do have younger individuals, based on what we’ve seen in other countries the virus appears to show more severe illness in older adults.”
Public health officials have asked people over the age of 60 to be cautious of attending large, indoor gatherings, and recommend that people of all ages be proactive about addressing any underlying health conditions.
Source: The Daily Chronicle