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The Will County Health Department announced four new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the total in the county to 30.
The cases included two men and two women ranging in age from their 30s through their 60s, according to health department spokesman Steve Brandy. Overall, 18 of the 30 patients are women and 12 are men.
Last week, the Will County Health Department reported a man in his 50s was the first COVID-19 patient to die, although officials didn't have much information about him.
Brandy added the health department has been relieved to not yet see a huge spike in confirmed cases as of Tuesday. Most reports have included only a few new cases a day in Will County over the last week or so.
Still, Brandy said the epidemiology team at the health department has been working around the clock, talking to doctors and keeping track of confirmed cases. As the cases in Will County increase, epidemiologists are doing less tracking of where the virus could have been spread by patients and doing more to inform just their immediate loved ones.
"It's up to the individual to protect themselves and take the precautions," he said.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,535 total cases of the virus and 16 deaths as of Tuesday throughout the state. More than 11,000 people had been tested in Illinois.