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Cook County, Illinois health officials report another coronavirus case

The Illinois Department of Public Health and Cook County Department of Public Health announced another Illinois patient has presumptively tested positive for coronavirus.

The patient’s test will be confirmed by the Center for Disease Control.

According to the IDPH, the patient is hospitalized in isolation and CDC protocols have been implemented.

The IDPH did not release any identifying information about the person in the case, including where the patient is from or where the patient is hospitalized.

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 agency said in a news release.

The state of Illinois will request CDC deploy a team to Illinois to support these efforts.

Illinois has had two previously confirmed cases of coronavirus and both patients made a full recovery.

Right now, because the virus has not been found to be spreading widely in the U.S., risk to the public remains low, according to the IDPH. Public health officials are encouraging the public to not alter their daily routines and remain vigilant about keeping germs from spreading, by covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands with warm soap and water, and staying home when sick.

Gov. JB Pritzker requested that hospitals across the state implement additional testing to improve surveillance for COVID-19, according to the IDPH. Illinois was the first state to provide COVID-19 testing, and Pritzker announced two more IDPH labs in central and southern Illinois that will be able to test specimens next week. 

For information, people can contact the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-889-3931, email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV visit http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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