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The Will County Health Department announced Thursday that 15 of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19.
The department had announced it would close its doors this week and make most employees work from home after one tested positive, according to a news release. Since that decision, the other employees tested positive.
Sue Olenek, executive director of the Will County Health Department, said many of her employees were able to get tested at local testing sites such as the Walmart on Jefferson Street in Joliet.
“We are very glad so many were able to do this and that we also made the decision when we did to have our employees work remotely,” Olenek said in the release. “As Will County’s public health home, we are out on the front line and we need to protect the public as well as our staff.”
The health department closed its doors at its Joliet, Monee and Bolingbrook locations, although some locations are still operating.
The Will County Community Health Center, at 1106 Neal Ave. in Joliet, continues to see patients by appointment only. The Bolingbrook CHC office at 323 Quadrangle Drive is also seeing patients until further notice.
Residents seeking appointments are asked to call ahead at 815-727-8670.
The health department also announced 72 more confirmed COVID-19 cases in Will County on Thursday. Those new cases brings the total to 395 in the county.
Eight people have died in Will County from the virus. The health department said Thursday one of the previously reported death cases was reclassified as non-COVID-19 related.
The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Thursday that the state’s total number of confirmed cases has reached 7,695, with 157 deaths.
More than 43,000 people in Illinois have been tested for the virus as of Tuesday.
The county health department also has a COVID-19 hotline at 815-740-8977 for general information about the virus.