Elmhurst Orangetheory associated with COVID-19 outbreak with at least 18 cases confirmed

ELMHURST, ill. (WLS) – DuPage County health officials are investigating 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19 that are all linked to an Orangetheory fitness facility in western suburban Elmhurst.The location remains open on Tuesday only a few days after the outbreak.

Dr. Poonam P. Thacker said, “If you can, try out group exercises, because the air flow makes a difference.” “If you are in a closed environment with a lot of people, there is a high likelihood of risk and continued risk.”Program Director of Sports Medicine Fellowship at Amita Health Resurgence Medical Center, Dr. Thacker said that the virus can spread more easily during indoor group fitness classes. He advised to exercise outside, and reminded people not to share gear.

“Dedicated equipment, making sure they don’t drain around the room, making sure you clean that equipment, and that you’re just in your bubble.”

According to Orangetori Fitness, their workouts during epidemics are designed to reduce cross-contamination. The company also said that employees do cleaning between classrooms and do a temperature check at the door.

Thakur said, “There is no way to be 100% safe.” “We’re talking about risk mitigation here. Reduce risk for yourself and everyone else.”

In a statement, Orengthory Fitness Management stated, “We are working with local health officials in the contact tracing process to identify any additional cases as soon as possible. We are constantly investigating our internal policies and procedures And developing to ensure the security process. Our staff and members, and all of our studios, are committed to ongoing vigil … “

Altogether Elmhurst is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases. New data from the DuPage County Health Department has seen a 10% increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the city.

People living in the area hope that the increase in cases will serve as another reminder that the virus is still out, and is still spreading.

“I’m feeling more than I should be,” said Todd Benson, an Elmhurst resident. “This is not a belief.”

“You can’t have a group of people together when there is a virus like this,” said Elmhur resident Meg Sullivan.

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