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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Health officials announced Tuesday that three more people died from COVID-19 in Will County.

Among those who had died were a man in his 40s, a woman in her 50s and a woman in her 70s, according to the Will County Health Department.

The additional deaths brought the total in Will County to 282.

The department also reported 42 new cases in Will County, another sign that the number of new cases continues to decline. In total, Will County has reported 5,683 confirmed cases as of Tuesday.

Still, as widespread protests against racism and police brutality attract large crowds of people, health officials are worried about a potential spike in COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks.

"We are worried about it just like everyone else is," said Steve Brandy, a Will County Health Department spokesman.

The Illinois Department of Public Health also reported 1,614 new COVID-19 cases and 113 additional deaths in Illinois on Tuesday.

In total, Illinois has reported 122,848 cases and 5,525 deaths due to COVID-19, although the agency said 92% of those who tested positive have recovered.

The Will County Health Department provides information and resources on COVID-19 on its website, www.willcountyhealth.org.

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