Second Oak Park cop tests positive as COVID-19 hits 36 in village

Six more residents and a second police officer received positive test results

March 31st, 2020 8:00 PM

By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

An additional six residents and a second Oak Park police officer have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a March 31 announcement from the village of Oak Park. The total number of residents with COVID-19 is now 36.

Of the 30, the Oak Park cases range in from 20s to 70s and include a child younger than one. The newest six cases have an age range of 30s to 70s. Further information cannot be released regarding the cases due to privacy laws. The announcement noted that privacy precludes the sharing of the location information of those tested to anyone other than public health officials and first responders.

The second police officer to test positive chose to self-quarantine directly upon experiencing symptoms and has stayed out of the workplace since mid-March, according to Oak Park Public Health Director Mike Charley. 

According to the local test bulletin attached to the announcement, Oak Park Assistant Human Resources Director Kira Tchang has "notified employees who have had direct contact with the individual and they have been placed in quarantine status as a precaution."

However, the announcement itself states that "employees who have had direct contact with the officer have been notified, but because the contact was greater than 14 days ago, they are not subject to quarantine."

The attached testing bulletin also states that, pursuant to current Illinois Department of Public Health protocols, "any other individuals who had direct close contact with the village employee would be notified through the applicable public health authority."

As with the previously reported cases, the bulletin stated "The Oak Park Department of Public Health is working closely with officials from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), investigating and notifying anyone who may have had exposure to the individual who tested positive for COVID-19. Local public health officials, hospitals and first responders are following protocols consistent with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)."

The announcement also includes an important caveat designated with asterisks, reading, "It is important to note that as patient tracking and case follow-up occurs, the number of Oak Park cases reported may change depending on residency confirmation."


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