First cases of coronavirus reported in Kane and McHenry counties

Chronicle Media

Kane and McHenry counties are reporting their first cases of coronavirus.

The two cases are part of the 19 confirmed cases in Illinois as of Wednesday, March 11.

County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen announced the case during Tuesday’s Kane County Board meeting after he received information during a phone conversation with Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Lauzen did not say when the call occurred and that Pritzker did not identify a hospital handling the case.  The coronavirus victim is a woman in her 60s, according to the Kane County Health Department.

A McHenry County teen was also identified as a suffering from coronavirus. The Health Department said neither had a history of travel to an affected area and no connection to a known case of the COVID-19 virus. Public health officials are identifying and contacting all close contacts.

According to the Kane County website, Lauzen said he made the announcement to alert citizens that there had been a case here.

“The sooner you know there’s a problem, the sooner you can tackle it,” he was quoted as saying.

Lauzen also said that Kane County Health Department Director Barb Jeffers would be the county’s official source and point person to coordinate the county’s response.

Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation on Monday “to unlock additional federal resources and help the state prepare for the potential of further spread” of the virus, according to the county website.

Also Monday, Illinois Department of Public Health and the Chicago Department of Public Health announced four new cases of the coronavirus in Illinois, bringing the total to 11.