2nd person tests positive for coronavirus in Woodford County
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2nd person tests positive for coronavirus in Woodford County

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PEORIA -- A second coronavirus case in Woodford County and the first case in LaSalle County are among 29 new COVID-19 cases announced Thursday by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Along with the first case there, plus three in Peoria County, there now are five in the Tri-County Area.

The age and gender of Woodford County's new patient was not available, nor was any information about whether the case was related to the first case of COVID-19 diagnosed in Woodford county, and man in his 70s.

Meantime, the LaSalle County Health Department said in a statement, "A LaSalle County resident has tested positive at the IDPH laboratory for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The case is a female in her teens without a history of travel to an affected area and no connection to a known case of COVID-19. The individual is recovering at home in isolation."

The state's new cases include those in five additional counties: Jackson, Kankakee, LaSalle, Washington, and Williamson counties. The state is now reporting 422 cases in 22 counties in Illinois.

There is hope on the horizon that we will soon be able to do more testing in Illinois, said Monica Hendrickson, administrator for the Peoria City County Health Department, during the daily press conference at PPCHD Thursday afternoon. More private labs are coming on board to do COVID-19 testing. But she cautioned that members of the general public will still not be able to request a test.

"The Illinois Department of Public Health will be focusing their testing on really specific populations -- those that are in long term care facilities, skilled nursing homes, anything that is congregate living," she said. In people at higher risk of dying from COVID-19, a positive test can change the course of treatment. For the general public, the treatment would remain the same -- isolate yourself and stay hydrated.

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis praised the way the community is rising to the challenge of COVID-19, but cautioned that there may be stricter restrictions in the future, including a declaration of "shelter in place" if area experts deem it necessary.

"There may be a few more restrictions put on, we dont' know that but we are going to be prepared for that if it happens," he said. "Stay focused and continue to follow these safety measures everyone is aware of... and distance ourselves from those who are most vulnerable."

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