• 15th Feb, 2020

    Repeat negative test results indicate no virus present
     
    CHICAGO – The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are today announcing the two Chicago area patients confirmed as having had coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were released from home isolation late yesterday, following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.
     
    “Our two Illinois residents with confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 have recovered from their illnesses and there has been no further spread of the virus from these two cases,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “The risk to the general public remains low and we are continuing to use every tool at our disposal to keep our community safe.”
     
    “Based on what is currently known about...

  • 12th Feb, 2020
    In-State Testing for Novel Coronavirus in Illinois Not Impacted by Issues in Other States
    CHICAGO – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) have confirmed that the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) test performed by Illinois has not been impacted by issues seen in other states. As a result, CDC has confirmed IDPH should continue to provide in-state testing for 2019-nCoV. All tests already provided have been confirmed to be accurate.
     
    This news follows a CDC announcement this morning related to inconclusive 2019-nCoV test  results in some states. This announcement does not impact Illinois, where IDPH worked with the CDC to successfully verify the test and all controls and verification samples showed accurate results. Earlier this week, Illinois...
  • 11th Feb, 2020

    Statewide hotline available for questions

    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is now able to conduct testing for the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), making Illinois the first state to be able to do testing in state. Once specimens from individuals are received at the Chicago IDPH laboratory, test results are typically available within 24 hours. IDPH is in the process of bringing testing for 2019-nCoV online in its Springfield and Carbondale laboratories.

    “The ability to do this testing will mean we will be able to detect any new cases of novel coronavirus earlier and prevent any possible spread,” said IDPH Assistant Director Evonda Thomas-Smith. “We understand there is concern about this new virus, which is why having test results back quickly can help reduce some of those concerns.”...