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The Grundy County Health Department announced the first case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Grundy County, IL. The resident is a female in her 30s. Public health officials are identifying and working with all close contacts. Federal privacy restrictions prohibit the release of any additional information.

COVID-19 is a novel virus. Most people have little or no immunity due to the lack of exposure to the virus or similar viruses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals over the age of 65 and people who have serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease are at higher risk for severe illness.

Testing at local hospitals is currently based on presented symptoms including a fever and/or signs or symptoms of lower respiratory illness, such as cough and shortness of breath, and epidemiological risk factors including contact and travel history. It is extremely important that everyone help to stop the virus from spreading. In order to fight the spread of COVID-19, a shelter in place order was issued by Governor J.B. Pritzker.

This order is in effect through April 7, 2020. “We thank the Grundy County community for being so responsive to executive orders and cooperating with public health recommendations. Please continue to practice social distancing so that we can keep the number of confirmed cases low in Grundy County, and offer resources to those persons experiencing severe symptoms.

The Health Department continues to be available for general inquiries and some screening processes. Symptomatic persons should consult their health care professional for medical guidance,” said Michelle Pruim, Public Health Administrator.