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New COVID-19 cases, deaths remain steady in Will County

Testing opportunities for public ramp up

Medical professionals can be seen Monday, Mar. 23, 2020, while testing first responders and other medical professionals for COVID-19 at a testing station at the Jefferson Street WalMart in Joliet, Ill.
Medical professionals can be seen Monday, Mar. 23, 2020, while testing first responders and other medical professionals for COVID-19 at a testing station at the Jefferson Street WalMart in Joliet, Ill.

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Even as several states across the nation have seen increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases, the metrics in Will County have remained steady over the last few weeks.

Over two weeks between June 17 and July 1, Will County saw an average of about 37 new COVID-19 cases a day, according to Will County Health Department data.

As a comparison, throughout the month of May, the average daily case numbers were closer to 100. There were also several days when the county health department reported well over 100 new cases.

Will County Health Department spokesman Steve Brandy said health officials are keeping an eye on the new outbreaks of COVID-19 across the country, especially as Illinois reopens.

"It has not hit up here yet," Brandy said. "Will it? I have no idea. We're holding our breath."

Brandy added he was somewhat worried to see the number of new daily cases from around the state have also gone up somewhat. Over recent days, the state has seen reports with more than 700 new cases, though Brandy noted that was much better than when the number was closer to 2,000 new cases a day at the peak.

Still, Brandy said health officials will remain cognizant, especially after the July 4 weekend.

"We'll just have to keep our eyes on what happens over the holiday," Brandy said.

Testing

Brandy also said the county health department was pleased to see the public taking advantage of free COVID-19 testing opportunities.

While the health department doesn't report daily tests processed in Will County, the state reports its daily totals which have reached over 30,000 in recent days.

The Will County Community Health Center's mobile medical unit has been traveling to various locations around the county to offer free testing for the novel virus.

Just over the last few days, the county tested 85 people at the health department's eastern branch in Monee on Monday, and 140 people at Joliet Housing Authority facilities on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"We feel pretty good with the testing we're doing," he said.

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