4th person in Illinois tests positive for coronavirus

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CHICAGO (WGN) — The Illinois Department of Public Health and Cook County Department of Public Health have announced Monday that a fourth Illinois patient has tested positive for coronavirus.

The positive test results will have to be confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab.

According to health officials, the individual is a woman in her 70s and is the spouse of the third case – a man in his 70s. The woman is quarantined at home and is complying with health officials. The man is in isolation and receiving care at Northwest Community Hospital, according to a statement Monday from hospital officials. 

Both cases are reported to be in good condition.

Health officials are working to identify and actively monitor individuals who were in contact with both patients in an effort to prevent transmission.

Illinois’ previously confirmed two cases of coronavirus, and both patients have made a full recovery. 

Gov. JB Pritzker held a news conference at the Thompson Center Monday to reassure the public his administration is monitoring the situation.

“The risk to the general public remains low — but as public officials charged with the safety and welfare of the people of Illinois — we take that risk seriously,” Pritzker said.

Pritzker added his administration is in contact with insurance companies about the accessibility and affordability of care related to coronavirus.

A hotline was also announced for people with questions about coronavirus.

That number is 800-889-3931.

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