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Jason Addy, Editor
3:11 am CDT March 27, 2020

A March 15 service at The Life Church of Glenview has led to at least 10 people testing positive for the coronavirus while more than 30 others are sick, according to the church’s leaders.

In a Facebook video posted Tuesday, March 24, Layna Showalter LoCascio, the wife of Pastor Anthony LoCascio, confirmed numerous people were diagnosed with the coronavirus after attending the service.

At least 43 people who attended the service are currently showing symptoms, Showalter LoCascio posted the next day on Facebook.

Showalter LoCascio said only about a dozen of those who are showing symptoms have been tested, “but whoever gets a test done ends up being positive, and we all have the same symptoms.”

Three parishioners were hospitalized, but one has since been released, Pastor Anthony LoCascio told Mick Zawislak of The Daily Herald.

One of the three hospitalized was a 64-year-old man with pancreatic cancer, and some of his family members have also tested positive, according to The Daily Herald’s report.

Another of those hospitalized after the March 15 service was a guest speaker who flew in from Nevada to talk about “having faith, not fear,” according to the report.

The guest speaker told LoCascio he had a slight fever, but LoCascio learned soon after that the man was receiving treatment in an intensive care unit, the report states.

Showalter LoCascio said she and her husband attended the Passing the Mantle ministers conference held March 12-13 in Bartlett. It is unclear when they were exposed to the coronavirus.

The 10 confirmed coronavirus cases linked to the service represent the first known cluster outbreak in the Village of Glenview.

Including those at The Life Church’s March 15 service, more than 100 people affiliated with the North Shore have tested positive or were exposed to the coronavirus, as of press time.
• Loyola Academy officials announced a teacher tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday, March 21. The teacher last had contact with students on March 12, according to school officials.
• A parent of a student at Kenilworth’s A Joyful Noise Preschool, who was in a classroom at the school on March 12, was confirmed positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus), on Thursday, March 19.
• The Winnetka Public Schools District 36 officials confirmed on March 17 a seventh-grader from Carleton Washburne School in Winnetka has a “probable, presumptive case.” The student was at school last on March 11.
• Officials from Glenbrook High Schools District 225 and Glenview District 34 announced Monday, March 16, that a parent with children in both districts tested positive for the coronavirus.
• Township School District 113 announced emergency closure of school Friday, March 13, after a suspected case was reported at Deerfield High School.
• Two employees of Northwestern University in Evanston tested positive for the virus in consecutive days — Friday and Saturday, March 13-14.
• A NorthShore University HealthSystems hospital was treating a patient for the virus last week, according to a release from the organization. The group has hospitals in Glenview, Skokie, Highland Park and Chicago.
• In a statement posted March 11, Evanston Unitarian Church said a congregation member tested positive for the coronavirus and it would suspend services for at least a week.
• The Village of Glencoe announced March 4 that an employee of its Public Works Department was exposed to the coronavirus, but the employee remained symptom-free for 14 days.
• Loyola Academy in Wilmette closed March 9-10 after a student at the school was exposed to the virus off-campus.
• A faculty member of Lake Forest High School entered a 14-day quarantine after being exposed to the coronavirus while visiting a Chicago high school where someone with the virus was present the same day.
• Gabe Funk, a former Lake Forest High School football team captain, publicly identified himself as testing positive for coronavirus. Funk had been studying abroad in Rome where he believes he contracted it. He is currently in self-quarantine.
• An unidentified Lake Bluff man informed village officials that he has tested positive for coronavirus. He is also self-quarantining.
• Fifty-five residents of the City of Evanston have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the city’s website.

There are 2,538 confirmed cases of the coronavirus — including 743 in suburban Cook County — and 26 reported deaths in Illinois, according to the state’s department of health. The CDC reports 68,440 confirmed cases and 994 deaths from the virus in the United States, as of press time Friday, March 27.

According to the World Health Organization, there are more than 465,915 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 21,031 deaths linked to the virus worldwide, as of Friday, March 27. There are confirmed cases in at least 199 countries, according to WHO statistics.