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OREGON – The death toll in Ogle County reached five Friday with the announcement of the death of a resident who tested positive for COVID-19, the Ogle County Health Department said in a news release.
Throughout the four-county area of Ogle, Lee, Whiteside and Carroll counties, 23 people with the virus have died.
Ogle also reported two new cases, increasing the number of cases among its residents to 307; 48 are active and 255 people have recovered.
The county reported 11 new cases Thursday, as it continues to deal with its mandated closure of the SuperValu grocery store in Oregon.
The store at 204 N. Fourth St. was ordered closed Wednesday by the health department because of a COVID-19 outbreak.
The health department found out about cases linked to the store over the weekend, County Health Administrator Kyle Auman said Wednesday. The department is working to contact trace employees and get households tested, but is not recommending testing for customers unless they have symptoms.
Auman and Cherie Rucker, the health department's emergency response coordinator, both declined to say how many SuperValu employees tested positive, or provide the rationale for closure.
Rucker did say that the department is still testing staff and determining the store's cleaning procedures.
Elsewhere, two new cases were announced in Lee County, of people in their 20s and 40s.
A Whiteside County resident in his or her 40s also tested positive, as did a Carroll County resident in his or her 30s, which is that county's only active case at this point.
Whiteside also announced one new recovery.
Statistics from the Illinois Department of Public Health are provided for municipalities by ZIP code, if it has more than five cases.
According to that data, there are a confirmed 98 cases out of 2,019 tests in Dixon, 97 cases out of 1,161 tests in Sterling, 47 out of 628 in Rock Falls, 161 out of 1,680 in Rochelle, 30 out of 351 in Fulton, 18 out of 552 in Oregon, 14 out of 468 in Morrison, 14 out of 305 in Mt. Morris, and 10 out of 209 in Polo.
Illinois saw 25 new deaths from COVID-19 and 1,317 new confirmed cases, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced Friday.
A total of 32,987 people were tested in the previous 24 hours. The state now has seen 151,767 cases of the coronavirus, and 7,144 people have died since the pandemic began. A total of 1,911,743 tests have been run.
Numbers by county
Whiteside: 212 cases, 45 active, 152 recoveries, 15 dead
Lee: 106 cases, 11 active, 94 recoveries, one dead
Ogle: 307 cases, 48 active, 255 recoveries, five dead
Carroll: 22 cases, one active, 19 recovered, two dead
Total: 647 cases, 105 active, 520 recovered, 22 dead
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