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Two Lake County residents have died from complications of COVID-19, the Lake County Health Department announced Friday. These are the first two deaths in the county.

A man in his 50s died Tuesday evening, and a woman in her 90s died Friday, Lake County Coroner Howard Cooper said. The man in his 50s did not have the results of his COVID-19 test confirmed positive until late Thursday, two days after he died.

Both individuals had underlying health conditions. The two patients were at separate hospitals.

The patients are not being identified to protect the privacy of their families.

Lake County now has seen 230 confirmed COVID-19 case as of Friday afternoon, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. There are 3,026 confirmed cases in the state, according to IDPH.

“Our hearts are heavy in Lake County today, as we lost two of our residents to this devastating disease,” said Mark Pfister, executive director of the LCHD. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members during this most difficult time.

“We want to remind everyone in our community of the importance of practicing social distancing to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to help protect our most vulnerable and high-risk residents.” 

The LCHD said it is monitoring clusters of cases at five long-term care facilities in the county. Those five facilities have combined for 20 positive COVID-19 cases. The county did not name the facilities.

“Seeing the increase in cases at multiple congregate facilities is deeply concerning,” Pfister said. “We are providing guidance to the administration and staff of Lake County’s long-term care facilities to assure they take every precaution to avoid the spread of COVID-19. 

“Lives are at stake, and we cannot reiterate enough the importance of social distancing and workers staying home when they are ill.”  

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