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Illinois Department of Public Health officials say that a contractual worker at the Sheridan Correctional Center in LaSalle County is among those to test positive for COVID-19.

After consulting with IDPH, the Department of Corrections determined staff and men incarcerated at the Sheridan facility were at low to medium risk for potential exposure. 

However, the facility has been placed on a 14-day lockdown.

Two correctional officers and one man incarcerated at the Stateville Correctional Center have also tested positive.

The two Stateville correctional officers are recovering at home and the individual who is incarcerated is isolated and recovering in the hospital.

Those who have been identified as being potentially exposed are being quarantined and that facility is also on a 14-day lockdown.

Meanwhile, health officials say a Kane County man in his 90s is among three new deaths in the state, bringing the total to 19. A Cook County man in his 60s, and a Will County woman in her 50s are the other new deaths announced.

The Kane County man who died is an Aurora resident, as WSPY reported on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, IDPH announced 330 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 for a total of 1,865 cases in 35 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years.

Meanwhile, Gov. JB Pritzker announced a three-month extension of the income tax filing deadline and several new programs to provide more than $90 million in financial relief to small businesses across the state.

Gov. Pritzker also took time to recognize those who are working during the pandemic.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike outlined what criteria are being used to see if individuals need to be tested for COVID-19.

Dr. Ezike said that the guidance is to stay home for at least 7 days or 72 hours after fever and symptoms abate, whichever takes longer.

Community transmission and exposure may also play a part in testing.

COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in 35 counties in the state of Illinois.