CHICAGO, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) announced Saturday that one Illinois patient has tested positive for COVID-19.
“The tests conducted in Illinois resulted in presumptive positives for COVID-19. The positive test results will have to be confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lab. The patient is hospitalized in isolation and CDC protocols have been implemented,” Cris Martinez of the IDPH said in an email release.
Public health officials are working to identify and actively monitor people who made contact with the patient hoping to reduce the risk of additional transmission.
Martinez’s announcement says the state of Illinois will request CDC to deploy a team to Illinois to support these efforts.
Martinez’s email release says Gov. JB Pritzker has requested hospitals across the state to implement additional testing to improve surveillance for COVID-19. Illinois was the first state to provide COVID-19 testing and Gov. Pritzker announced two more IDPH labs in central and southern Illinois that will be able to test specimens next week.
Illinois has had two previously confirmed cases of COVID-19 and both patients made a full recovery.
“Symptoms reported among patients have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Right now, because the virus has not been found to be spreading widely in the U.S., the risk to the general public remains low,” the release read.
Public health officials say for people to not alter their daily routine.
They say to remain vigilant about keeping germs from spreading, by covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands with warm soap and water, and staying home when sick.
The release did not state where exactly in Cook County this case was found.
For more information, contact:
• Illinois Department of Public Health:
Call the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-889-3931, Email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV, or Visit http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus
• Cook County Department of Public Health:
Call 708-633-4000 or Visit https://www.cookcountypublichealth.org/communicable-diseases/novel-coronavirus