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UPDATED 5:15 P.M. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18:
YORKVILLE – Kendall County health officials said there is only one case of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the county currently after Illinois state health officials incorrectly reported there being two.
RaeAnn VanGundy, spokeswoman for the Kendall County Health Department, said on Wednesday, March 18 that the the Illinois Department of Public Health mistakenly reported there were two cases of COVID-19 in the county. She confirmed there is only one confirmed case within the county as of about 4:50 p.m. Wednesday.
“We thought we had two," VanGundy said. "We have one and the state still needs to correct that.”
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health's website, the confirmed case in the county is part of the more than 120 new cases in the state that were announced Wednesday. That is almost 50% more than Tuesday when there were 160.
There are now a total of 288 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in 17 counties across the state, according to state health officials.
The update from the state comes after Dr. Amaal Tokars, director of the Kendall County Health Department, provided details about the first confirmed case of COVID-19 during the Wednesday, March 18 remote Kendall County Board meeting.
Tokars had said Wednesday morning the confirmed case is a woman in her 60s. She said the patient is in self-isolation with her family.
"We’re going to get in touch with her to make sure that she is recovering ... to see what her needs are," Tokars had said.
Tokars had said health officials do not know of any travel history for this first confirmed case in the county. She said she is expecting more cases that might be picked up in the community.
In the meantime, Tokars had said, the public should exercise caution and that people shouldn't let their guard down because there is is only one case.
“We should think that, everywhere we go, we can be exposed,” Tokars had said.
Tokars had said first responders also have the address of the patient so they can take the necessary precautions in the event of an emergency call.
• This story has been updated to include recent comments from Kendall County health officials about the correct number of confirmed COVID-19 cases within the county as of about 4:50 p.m. Wednesday.