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The Lake County Health Department is investigating the 11 long-term care facilities, which are home to a combined 62 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Health officials in Lake County announced 76 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing the area's total number of confirmed cases to 465. That includes seven deaths, as of Wednesday evening, according to a news release.
"Today we are seeing our largest increase in cases in a 24-hour period, and with testing still being limited in Illinois, we believe many more people are infected with COVID-19," Lake County Health Department Executive Director Mark Pfister said in an official statement. "I urge everyone in Lake County to stay home, practice social distancing, and wash your hands often – act as if everyone around you has the virus."
In McHenry County, officials reported 79 total cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, including two deaths. Kane County, which is home to 146 confirmed cases, reported three cases in Huntley and one in Algonquin, according to county's online coronavirus disease dashboard. One of the Huntley cases resulted in death, according to the Kane County Coroner.
In an effort to establish a more personal form of public communication, McHenry Mayor Wayne Jett sent a two-minute video to residents through Nixle Wednesday. He will continue to upload regular video messages, which will be available on each of the city's social media accounts, he said.
"Our goal is to give you – the residents and business owners – the opportunity to provide input, and ask any questions regarding our COVID-19 efforts," Jett said.
He went on to encourage residents to use the city's parkland and pre-recorded recreation center workouts, and asked for continued support of local businesses.
Last week, Jett signed an executive order for a resilience micro-loan program that will provide funding of as much as $10,000 for about 35 businesses.