• 29th Feb, 2020

    Patient’s presumptive positive test will be confirmed by the CDC

    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) are today announcing 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.

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

    Governor JB...

  • 27th Feb, 2020

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with local health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Escherichia coli O103 (E. coli) linked to sprouts served at Jimmy John’s restaurants. Jimmy John’s notified stores to remove sprouts from its menu nationwide on February 22, 2020.

    According to the CDC, 14 cases in five states have been reported.  Illnesses started on dates ranging from January 06, 2020 to February 11, 2020.

    In Illinois, six cases matching the outbreak strain have been reported in Adams, Champaign, and Jackson counties.  However, IDPH is still working with local and federal officials to identify where the sprouts were distributed.  People in other locations across the state potentially could...

  • 26th Feb, 2020

    Current risk to Illinoisans remains low, but state taking all steps to prepare

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with local, state, and federal health partners to take all preventative steps available to limit the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).  While COVID-19 is not spreading in communities in Illinois or the U.S., there is evidence of community spread in several countries around the world and IDPH is committed to working across local, state, and federal agencies to ensure Illinois is prepared.

    IDPH is currently conducting hospital assessments to determine all available capacity in the event more people need medical care.  IDPH is also assessing the availability of personal protective equipment such as gloves, gowns, and masks for health care workers.  ...

  • 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...

  • 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.”...