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3rd COVID-19 death reported in McHenry County

Health department: 99 confirmed cases in McHenry County

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A third death because of COVID-19 was reported in McHenry County, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health on Thursday.

The IDPH said the person who died was a man in his 60s.

The other COVID-19 deaths in McHenry County have been a 70-year-old Crystal Lake man, and the other was a man in his 50s.

McHenry County officials reported 79 total cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. According to the them, that number rose to 99 people who tested positive for the virus on Thursday.

Meanwhile, according to the Kane County Health Department dashboard, 155 people were reported to have tested positive, and there have been 8 deaths. One of these is a Huntley man, according to the Kane County Coroner. In Algonquin, there are two confirmed cases and in Huntley there are three.

The Lake County Health Department reported 77 new cases of COVID-19, and five new deaths, as of Thursday, bringing the number of positive COVID-19 cases up to 542, including 12 deaths.

These five deaths were among residents who all had underlying health conditions, which is a risk factor for severe illness from COVID-19. Those who died include one male and one female in their 60s, two men in their 70s and one 80-year-old man.

"We extend our deepest sympathies to the families who have lost their loved ones," Tim Sashko, president of the Lake County Board of Health, said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, to all residents who are battling this disease, and to all Lake County families bearing an immense emotional burden of uncertainty during this difficult time."

According to a news release, the Lake County Health Department is investigating 12 long-term care facilities in the county with two or more confirmed cases. These 12 facilities have a combined total of 70 COVID-19 cases, and the health department is working to equip them with Personal Protective Equipment as needed.

"At this point, it is clear there is substantial community-based transmission of COVID-19 in Lake County, Lake County Health Department Executive Director Mark Pfister said in a news release. "This is why we have been urging residents to stay home. Even when going out for necessities like groceries, limit your time in stores and use delivery, drive-through, or curb-side pick-up whenever possible."

In total, in Illinois, 7,695 people have tested positive for the COVID-19 and there have been 157 deaths.

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