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Northwest Herald

Wednesday, March 18, 2020  |  Article  |  By Katie Smith

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Public health officials Tuesday confirmed two new cases of COVID-19 in McHenry County.

The diagnoses of two women, one in her 40s and the other in her 50s, brought the total number confirmed local cases to four as of Tuesday evening, according to the McHenry County Department of Health.

Both of the most recent COVID-19 patients are believed to have contracted the disease through the community. Neither has a history of travel to a high-risk country or had contact with a known COVID-19 case, according to a MCDH news release.

“We have made it a priority to maintain the privacy of any and all confirmed cases that occur in our county,” MCDH Public Health Administrator Melissa Adamson said in an official statement. “Now that we have community spread, our county residents should be focusing on making plans in the event that they or their loved ones become ill.”

Community High School District 128 also received confirmation from the Lake County Health Department that a staff member at Libertyville High School tested positive for COVID-19, according to a letter Superintendent Prentiss Lea sent to parents Tuesday.

Dr. Laura Buthod, medical adviser for MCDH, stated that social distancing and frequent and thorough hand washing are the most important steps in preventing illness. Anyone who develops symptoms of cough and fever, they should stay home and isolate themselves from others, according to the release. Should symptoms worsen, they should contact their health care providers immediately.

“Testing for COVID-19 is currently limited, and we must prioritize the available tests for our most vulnerable in the community,” Buthod said. “We must understand that more testing will be available in the future, but today we have to be good citizens and not demand testing when we are not ill or have mild symptoms.”