By Joe Boyle
An individual who was taken to OSF Healthcare Little Company of Mary Medical Center for reportedly having symptoms related to COVID-19 while at an Evergreen Park facility has tested negative for the virus.
Evergreen Park Mayor James Sexton related the good news on the village website on Monday.
The person who became ill first informed staff at the Evergreen Park Activity Center, which is located near the Community Center. The individual was then admitted to OSF Little Company earlier this month and was tested for the novel coronavirus.
"The teacher of the class brought it to our attention that the person was ill," Sexton said, noting that it was going to take four or five days before they knew the prognosis.
The mayor said he learned over the weekend that the person tested negative for the virus. The person had been tested twice for the disease, he said.
The Activity Center has been since thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, according to village officials.
"I think everyone is being cautious," Sexton said. "I think the message has gotten through. We are wiping everything down and being careful. We will get through this."
This news came after a patient being cared for at OSF Little Company had tested positive for COVID-19 on March 13, according to public health officials. No update has been available on the patient's condition as of Tuesday.
Sexton said on his post that he and village officials are following guidelines by the state and Gov. J.B. Pritzker regarding his "Stay-at-Home" order that was announced during a press briefing on Friday.
The mayor said that the internal staff is still carrying on with their duties. However, they are now working in split shifts on a reduced scheduled to keep up with the daily operations for the village to function, he said.
Sexton encouraged residents to visit the website at www.evergreenpark-ill.com for updates on services being provided for the village while the pandemic continues.
The mayor applauded the efforts of first responders and members of the public works department, which he said are at full staff. He encourages residents to follow the state guidelines and stay home as much as possible.
"You may visit grocery stores, but please don't hoard," Sexton said. "The stores are stocked every day and there will be enough for everybody."
He also thanked hospital staff, nurses, doctors, grocery staff and maintenance personnel.
"But most of all, stay safe," Sexton said. "Please, everybody stay kind. We're all in this together."