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YORKVILLE – Kendall County is reporting its fifth confirmed case of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The most recent confirmed case of the coronavirus is a man in his 50s, according to a Wednesday, March 25 news release from the county health department.
County health officials said in the statement that community members should continue to stay home and away from others if they feel sick. They said in the news release to also call ahead to a primary care physician, healthcare facility, urgent care clinic, or hospital before arriving to help prevent more spread of COVID-19.
"It is ever more important that people are practicing sheltering in place and social distancing," the statement read. "Please remember the importance of maintaining a 6-foot distance away from others if you must leave your home."
The update comes after four other cases were reported in the county since March 18. Those previously confirmed cases include a woman in her 60s, a man in his 50s, a woman in her 40s and a man in his 70s.
There is no information in the Wednesday news release from county health officials about the recovery status of the previous cases.
RaeAnn VanGundy, spokeswoman for Kendall County Health Department, had said the health department stopped saying anything related to travel history for confirmed cases in the county. She had said that's because county health officials are finding the majority of those cases are due to community spread, or the coronavirus traveling directly from one person in the community to another.
VanGundy also had said it's still unknown which hospitals the confirmed cases were tested at. She previously said that information likely will not be released in the future because of patient privacy concerns.
As of 10:54 a.m. Wednesday, there have been more than 11,400 people tested for the throughout Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health's website. VanGundy had said the county does not have that data specific to the county available, as the state controls testing numbers.
VanGundy did not immediately return an additional request for comment from Record Newspapers on Wednesday.
• This story will be updated as more information becomes available.