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UPDATED 7:30 P.M. MONDAY, AUG. 31:
OSWEGO – Since March, the police department for the largest municipality in Kendall County has not seen a positive COVID-19 case as of Friday, Aug. 28.
Oswego Police Chief Jeff Burgner said Friday there have been no confirmed positive COVID-19 cases so far within the department. However, he said, there is a plan in place in addressing that, including notifying the public, should any positive cases become known.
At any rate, Burgner said, he is quite happy the police department hasn't had any COVID-19 cases. He said the department has had a lot of provisions in place to help prevent cases, including reworking some scheduling among staff, social distancing and extra cleaning regiments.
“I think those things we have done have helped us to be fortunate in us not having a case in the building,” Burgner said.
Burgner said there also is a process village-wide if someone is symptomatic. He said those employees continue to be subject to symptom checks as well and that those checks have helped prevent people from coming into building that might be sick.
As phases for Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan change, Burgner said, the police department continues to modify operations accordingly if the region or state moves in either direction phase-wise. Regardless, he said, if officers go into someone's residence or business, they will follow suit with whatever precautions the homeowner or business owner wants to take.
“If we’ve got a request from somebody [to wear a mask] … we will do our best to comply with that and honor that request," Burgner said.
The update comes after Oswego Village Hall, 100 Parkers Mill, temporarily closed for the day on Aug. 7 for disinfecting after a village employee tested positive for COVID-19.
As of Monday, Aug. 31, there have been 498 confirmed COVID-19 cases out of 8,496 in Illinois zip code 60543, which includes Oswego, according to Illinois Department of Public Health data. Out of all of the distinguished municipalities within Kendall County, Oswego has the most confirmed COVID-19 case, according to Kendall County Health Department data.
Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird also previously confirmed a contractual worker in the jail tested positive for COVID-19. He had said during an Aug. 18 Kendall County Board meeting that has been the only case within the sheriff’s office so far and all staff that had interactions with the worker were tested and those tests came back negative.
• This story has been updated to include Illinois Department of Public Health and Kendall County Health Department data about COVID-19 cases within Oswego.