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Livingston County coronavirus update: Known active cases in county drop by five to 18

LCHD will host mobile testing site August 17 and 18 in Pontiac

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A trio of Livingston County residents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, eight additional COVID-19 patients have recovered and been released from isolation, and the number of known active cases dropped to 18, the Livingston County Health Department [LCHD] reported Thursday.

The new confirmed cases include a boys under the age of 10, a girl under the age of 20 and a man in his 70s. There have been 137 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Livingston County since mid-March.

All active individuals are currently recovering in isolation.

The LCHD will be hosting a mobile COVID-19 testing site from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 17and 18 at its location at 310 E. Torrance Ave, Pontiac. Anyone can be tested at this site free of charge, regardless of insurance status. There is no appointment necessary, and people do not have to be experiencing symptoms in order to be tested.

Individuals must stay in their vehicles and are required to wear a mask when interacting with staff. It is necessary people follow the signage posted in order to control the flow of traffic.

As of Thursday, the LCHD has received 5,320 COVID-19 test results. Of those, 137 have been confirmed positive, 5,183 tests have been confirmed negative, 116 of the previously reported confirmed cases have been removed from isolation, and three individuals have died from complications related to COVID-19.

According to ZIP code data shared Thursday by the Illinois Department of Public Health (these numbers may lag a few days compared to the county reports): Pontiac has had 37 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, Dwight has had 16 cases, Fairbury has had 13 cases, Forrest has had 11 cases, Long Point has had 10 cases, and Cornell has had eight cases.

Streator's ZIP code, which is mostly in La Salle County, has had 137 cases.

For more information about Livingston County cases, go to www.lchd.us.

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