Coronavirus

IDPH reports one additional COVID-19 death in McHenry County, five more in Lake County

Local official recommends DIY mask videos to prepare for Pritzker's face-covering requirement

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Another McHenry County resident – a man in his 50s – has died from COVID-19, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported Friday.

In Lake County, the IDPH reported five additional COVID-19 deaths. New deaths included a woman in her 50s, a man in his 50s, a woman in her 60s, a man in his 60s and a woman in her 90s.

There were 30 new cases of the coronavirus reported in McHenry County for a total of 467 confirmed cases and 28 deaths, according to the McHenry County Department of Health.

Lake County now is reporting a total of 107 deaths and 2,754 confirmed cases with 176 new cases announced Friday, according to the Lake County Health Department.

There have been a total of 986 cases of COVID-19 reported in Kane County, with 84 new cases reported Friday. Kane County’s COVID-19 death toll remains at 39, according to the Kane County Health Department.

ZIP code-specific data from the MCDH shows that the highest number of coronavirus cases have been found in Woodstock’s 60098 ZIP code (91 cases) followed by Crystal Lake’s 60014 (51 cases) and the 60050 ZIP code (53 cases) in McHenry.

The IDPH reported 2,724 new cases of COVID-19 statewide and 108 additional deaths.

This marked a record for the highest 24-hour increase in coronavirus cases in Illinois to date. IDPH Director Ngozi Ezike said this is because the state also hit a record high for the number of tests conducted Thursday.

These numbers bring statewide totals to 39,658 confirmed cases and 1,795 deaths. The state now has conducted a total of 186,219 COVID-19 tests, according to the IDPH.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended wearing masks or face coverings when out in public since early April, but with Gov. JB Pritzker’s extended stay-at-home order, those guidelines will become requirements in Illinois.

Starting May 1, anyone age 2 or older will be required to wear a mask or face covering whenever they are in a public space where they are unable to maintain 6 feet of distance from others.

McHenry County residents who do not already have masks to use should consider homemade “do-it-yourself” options, said Lindsey Salvatelli, community information coordinator for the MCDH.

“There are tons of videos on YouTube, whether you have a sewing machine or whether you want to upcycle a T-shirt and just kind of use very basic materials that you can find around your house,” she said.

Some local residents have been sewing cloth face masks to donate to health care workers and community volunteers, but the county has not compiled a list of local people or businesses that may be offering masks to the public, Salvatelli said.

The county does not yet know how the new requirement will be enforced and whether directions on how to mask up will come from the governor’s office or from local businesses themselves, she said.

Either way, the governor’s announcement begs the question: How can parents convince their young children to wear a mask (and to keep it on) while out in public?

Speaking as a parent and not on behalf of the health department, Salvatelli said she would recommend that parents of young kids “personalize it and get your kid to take ownership of it.”

The MCDH will be looking into information about what mandatory masking will entail so that it can provide more specific recommendations for county residents, Salvatelli said.

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