COVID report: Bureau County reports 6 deaths Thursday

The Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Departments on Thursday reported six COVID-19-related deaths in Bureau County.

The victims were a man in his 60s, a man in his 80s, a man in his 90s, two females in their 80s and one female in her 90s.

This is the highest number of deaths reported in a single day in Bureau, Putnam and Marshall Counties since COVID-19 began.

This brings the total number of COVID-19-related deaths in the Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Departments service area to 61. There have been 55 COVID-19-related deaths in Bureau County and six in Marshall County.

“On behalf of the entire staff at the Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Departments, I extend our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of these victims of COVID-19,” said Hector Gomez, administrator of the BPMHCD.

As of last night, 5,653 persons in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 1,170 patients were in the ICU and 693 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

“The people that are facing difficulty with COVID-19 are not numbers. They are neighbors. They are friends. They are relatives. And, they are not all easily identifiable as a candidate for serious complications from COVID-19,” Gomez said.

“Much is still not known about COVID-19, including what triggers serious illness in folks that do not appear to be at obvious risk for complications. When it comes to COVID-19, I’m asking everyone to do the right things for the right reasons. It’s that simple.

“The only way to slow the spread of this disease until medical interventions become widely available is to follow the guidelines.”

Gomez reminded residents to remember to stay at home whenever possible and, when you must go out, make sure that you:

• Distance. Distance. Distance.

• Wear a facemask or other face cover in public, especially when distancing is not possible.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

• Avoid crowds and large gatherings, especially if you see that people are not following guidance for distancing and masks.

• Avoid any locations where employees or staff are not following guidelines and/or not encouraging customers and patrons to do the same.