The Bureau, Putnam & Marshall County Health Departments on Thursday reported two COVID-19-related deaths in Bureau County.

The victims were a woman in her 90's and a man in his 60's.

This brings the total number of COVID-19-related deaths in the Bureau, Putnam & Marshall County Health Departments service area to 37. There have been 32 COVID-19-related deaths in Bureau County and five in Marshall County.

“On behalf of the entire staff at the Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Departments, I extend our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of these victims of COVID-19,” said Hector Gomez, administrator of the BPMHCD.

As of last night, 6,037 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 1,192 patients were in the ICU and 587 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

On Thursday, 168 COVID-19-related deaths were reported in Illinois. There have been four deaths reported in Bureau County in the last 24 hours.

"I can’t help but wonder what numbers will be enough to convince some of us to take this disease seriously," Gomez said. “Folks, the people that are facing difficulty with COVID-19 are not numbers. They are neighbors. They are friends. They are relatives. And, they are not all easily identifiable as a candidate for serious complications from COVID-19.

“Much is still not known about COVID-19, including what triggers serious illness in persons that do not appear to be at obvious risk for complications. Please, just do the right things for the right reasons. It’s that simple.”

Gomez reminded residents to remember to stay at home whenever possible and, when you must go out, make sure that you:

• Distance. Distance. Distance.

• Wear a facemask or other face cover in public, especially when distancing is not possible.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

• Avoid crowds and large gatherings, especially if you see that people are not following guidance for distancing and masks.

• Avoid any locations where employees or staff are not following guidelines and/or not encouraging customers and patrons to do the same.

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