County says Riverside has five COVID-19 cases

At least one person is hospitalized in critical condition

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By Bob Uphues


The Cook County Department of Public Health is reporting that at least five people in Riverside have been identified as positive for COVID-19, the upper respiratory disease that results from infection by the novel coronavirus.

Surveillance data collected by the county for municipalities that do not have their own health departments is tracked by town on a map that is continually updated by the Cook County Department of Public Health.

Earlier on Thursday, the map indicated that Riverside had between one and four cases. Once the number of confirmed cases hits five, the exact number is displayed on the map.

North Riverside, where one case was identified last week, still has between one and four cases, according to the map, as does Brookfield.

Berwyn has 17 confirmed positive cases, according to the county's map.

Riverside Fire Chief Matthew Buckley said that, as far as he is aware, Riverside paramedics have not personally treated anyone positive for COVID-19, but he didn't rule it out, since the county is keeping patient information confidential, even from local officials.

"We're trying to put on a full-court press," said Buckley. "I just want to know what house is under isolation to help us respond appropriately. I want my guys ready for when they go into these places. It's just one more layer of protection to keep them safe."

Buckley said he was personally aware of two positive cases in Riverside, a husband and wife. One of the two is being treated at a hospital and that patient's condition he termed "critical." The other is being isolated at home, Buckley said.

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Fred Mertz  

Posted: March 31st, 2020 7:06 AM

Map is working as of 7am on 3/31/2020.

Bob Uphues Riverside Brookfield Landmark Employee

Posted: March 29th, 2020 3:36 PM

Erin, there is no other link that I know of. We have been trying to get answers from the county for the past three days. We'll be publishing a story today about this situation and the lack of response.

Erin O'Brien  

Posted: March 29th, 2020 3:28 PM

Is there another link for this tracker? It's been down for a few days.

Will Leone from Riverside  

Posted: March 26th, 2020 8:13 PM

First responders - just like everyone else - should be assuming that everyone they encounter may expose them to COVID-19 and practice strict social distancing. There is no reason to release the personal information to the general public or to non-medical first responders.

Mary Sullivan Proteau  

Posted: March 26th, 2020 6:46 PM

Our local first responders should assume all are infected with COVID-19 to protect themselves and ultimately other members of the community as much as possible. I am confident Riverside residents will rally behind their efforts and understand the extra precautions. Thank you to our local first responders for taking on this additional risk and practicing safe measures to keep all of us safe while preventing spread of COVID-19.. We appreciate all of you!

Denise McAleer  

Posted: March 26th, 2020 6:42 PM

I'm surprised there aren't more in Riverside. I drive through on my way home from work and have seen kids playing in the park, a ballgame, kids hanging out etc.more this past week than ever.

Fred Mertz  

Posted: March 26th, 2020 6:00 PM

I would think that people who are infected will not keep it a secret from first responders, if they are called to their home. I would like to know where these people have been shopping, etc. Costco, Riverside Foods, Walgreens?? That info would be much more useful.

Ben Sells  

Posted: March 26th, 2020 5:42 PM

Riverside has been pushing hard on having the addresses of confirmed COVID-19 cases provided to first responders. This is not a privacy issue because we are not asking for patient identification, only the addresses where a known case is quarantined. I am hoping that either the county or state will respond to our request. Our first responder have a right to know.

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