CHICAGO An Illinois resident has tested positive for coronavirus, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Cook County Department of Public Health.
The tests resulted in “presumptive” positives and will have to be confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The patient is hospitalized in isolation and CDC protocols have been implemented.
Public health officials are working to find people who were in contact with the patient in an effort to reduce the risk of additional transmission. The state will request the CDC deploy a team to Illinois for support.
Governor JB Pritzker has requested that hospitals across the state implement additional testing to improve surveillance for the virus. Illinois was the first state to provide testing, and two more IDPH labs will be able to test specimens next week.
A Chicago couple was previously diagnosed with coronavirus and have both made full recoveries.
Reported coronavirus symptoms include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
Because the virus has not been found to be spreading widely in the U.S., the risk to the general public remains low, according to a release from IDPH. Residents are encouraged not to alter their daily routines but remember to cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands with warm soap and water and stay home when sick.
PALATINE, Ill. (WLS) — A Cook County patient has tested positive for novel coronavirus, bringing the number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to three, according to state health officials.
The public health departments of Illinois and Cook County announced that another person has become infected with COVID-19 on Saturday.
Health officials said the person’s test results will need to be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but the patient is currently in isolation.
“Public health officials are working to identify and actively monitor individuals who were in contact with the patient in an effort to reduce the risk of additional transmission,” the departments said in a statement. “The state of Illinois will request CDC deploy a team to Illinois to support these efforts.”
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