The three new cases reported on the evening of March 25 involve a 75-year-old male resident who had no recent travels, a 48-year-old female resident with travels unknown at this point and a 23-year-old male who's not a resident who recently was in Spain.
Laramie County now has 11 cases of coronavirus, according to the Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department.
Health department spokesman Steve Brandy said he had no specific reason why Will County saw such a spike in cases Wednesday.
It wasn't immediately clear how many new cases tested positive Wednesday because the state is not regularly releasing new numbers.
As of Wednesday afternoon, there were still 103 tests pending results in St. Lawrence County. The confirmed cases in the county so far range from teens to 70s. "Actively social distance and stay home as much as possible, and wash your hands as much as possible", said Alison Kerr, health department spokeswoman.
The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department continues to work on investigating the cases and notifying people who were in contact with the infected patients. Asymptomatic contacts will be quarantined.
Public health officials warn, however, that this is likely an undercount of actual coronavirus cases due to a shortage of testing supplies in the region and restrictions on who can receive a test.
The Health Dept. has been working to identify individuals who came into contact with these residents. "The best way to avoid contracting COVID -19 is to reduce the contact with other people and stay home".
Wheeling Hospital is operating a COVID-19 testing site in the parking lot of Wheeling Park.
"We are getting several negative (test) results back as well", she said.
Both Gamble and Sproul said they have not been informed of any test results being lost, but noted people have expressed concern about the length of time it takes to get results.
If the Ohio Department of Health lab does the testing, the Belmont County Health Department is notified of results first, Sproul said. He added that to his knowledge, the majority of COVID-19 patients in Will County had some sort of additional underlying health condition.
For questions, call The Winnebago County Health Department at 1-815-319-6705 (Available Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. -5 p.m.) or The Illinois Department of Public Health hotline at 1-800-889-3931.