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On Thursday, Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Departments reported the 20th COVID-19-related death in the three-county region The man was a Bureau County resident in his 70’s.
There have been 17 COVID-19-related deaths in Bureau County and three in Marshall County.
This is the 4th COVID-19-related death in the Bureau, Putnam and Marshall region in the past seven days.
“On behalf of the entire staff at the Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Departments, I extend our deepest sympathy to the family of this victim of COVID-19,” said Hector Gomez, administrator of the BPMCHD.
Gomez stated that “the Illinois Department of Public Health is currently reporting that as of last night, 1,932 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 388 patients were in the ICU and 147 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators; 9,127 persons have passed away since March, 2020.
“In order to lower those numbers we need to be taking every step we can to slow the spread of this virus until effective medical approaches to it can be developed and deployed. We can do that if everyone will just accept a little temporary inconvenience.”
Gomez said the people that are facing difficulty with COVID-19 are not numbers, they are neighbors, friends and relatives.
“They are not all easily identifiable as a candidate for serious complications from COVID-19. 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,” he said.