Individual In Their 70’s First Reported COVID Fatality in Stephenson County

STEPHENSON COUNTY, ILLINOIS — On Saturday May 16, 2020 the Stephenson County Health Department reported its first death related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the county, an individual in their 70’s.

The Stephenson County Health Department said they would like to extend their condolences to the family, and ask the public to respect their privacy. The total confirmed positive cases is 154 as of Sunday. Five of these individuals are still hospitalized with 65 recovered and 84 recovering at home.

“We are experiencing increased positive cases within the Hispanic Community”, the Stephenson County Health Department said. “These cases have effected three local businesses. Nuestro Queso, Pearl Valley Eggs and Snak King.”

The Stephenson County Health Department said for all individuals tested in the County, 86% have shown negative results. “Our health department is working closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), FHN and continues to monitor the individuals, and their close contacts. Further details about the individuals will not be released to protect the privacy of the individuals and their families.”

As of Monday, May 18, the Illinois Department of Public Health reports 94,191 cases with 4,177 deaths in Illinois. A total of 581,944 tests have been performed.

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