The DuPage County Health Department has announced the first death to a county resident of COVID-19.
The individual was a woman in her 90’s with underlying health conditions who tested positive earlier this month as a resident at the Chateau Care Center in Willowbrook. She is one of 46 residents and 13 employees at that long term care facility (LTCF) to test positive.
The total number of confirmed cases is now 106 in DuPage County, up 11 from yesterday’s report. Of the 46 positive cases at the LTCF, 39 are DuPage County residents.
“We are saddened by this news of the first death in a DuPage County resident,” said DCHD Executive Director Karen Ayala. “We express our deepest condolences to her family, friends and caregivers. This underscores the need for us all to take necessary precautions to help prevent spread of COVID-19, especially to the most vulnerable members of our community.”
Across Illinois, the age of cases now ranges from younger than one to 99 years. The number of cases in DuPage County as well as the most up-to-date information can be found on the DCHD website.
Also on Tuesday, the City of Aurora anounced it’s first COVID-19 death, a male in his 90s who was diagnosed just two days prior.
“This is heartbreaking news for the family and for our community,” said Mayor Richard C. Irvin. “We extended our condolences and prayers to his family during this time of bereavement.”
Aurora has three other positives cases, which were confirmed over the weekend, including a woman in her 20s, a woman in her 30s and a woman in her 50s. Confirmations are provided to the City by the local health departments and no further details are available for release.
The City of Aurora’s COVID-19 resource site is updated daily.
The number of COVID-19 cases being reported continues to rise, partly because of the increase in testing by commercial and hospital laboratories. Because testing is becoming more available in these labs, IDPH will prioritize testing for our most severely ill and at-risk populations, such as hospitalized patients with severe acute lower respiratory illness and those who live and work in nursing homes and other congregate facilities.
Be safe, stay home, wash your hands.