• 21st Mar, 2020

    SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 168 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including another death; a Cook County man in his 70s. DeKalb County is now also reporting a case. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 753 cases in 26 counties in Illinois (percentage of case by county below). Cases have occurred in ages 3 to 99.

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    Adams ˂ 1% LaSalle ˂ 1%
    Champaign ˂ 1% Madison ˂ 1%
    Christian ˂ 1% McHenry
  • 20th Mar, 2020

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 163 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including the death of a Cook County woman in her 70s.  Three additional counties are now reporting cases; Adams, Christian, and McLean counties.

    Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 585 cases in 25 counties in Illinois.  Cases have occurred in ages 3 to 99.  Cases by county can be found on the IDPH website, as well as a list of local health departments who will have the most up-to-date information.

    As the number of COVID-19 cases being reported continues to rise significantly each day, the State of Illinois is...

  • 19th Mar, 2020

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced the death of three people in Illinois with coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  The individuals include a Will County resident in his 50s and a Cook County resident in her 80s, and an out-of-state resident in her 70s who was in Sangamon County.

    “I am saddened to announce three more people in Illinois with coronavirus disease have passed away,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “We ask everyone to please, stay home as much as possible so we can reduce the number of people who are infected and potentially suffer serious illness, including death.”

    There are 134 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across Illinois.  Five additional counties are now reporting cases; Jackson, Kankakee, LaSalle, Washington, and  Williamson counties.     

    Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 422 cases in...

  • 18th Mar, 2020

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 128 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across Illinois.  Two additional counties are now reporting cases; Kendall and Madison counties.

    An additional 20 individuals at the long-term care facility in DuPage County experiencing an outbreak have tested positive, bringing the total to 42 (30 residents and 12 staff).

    Currently, IDPH is reporting 288 cases in 17 counties in Illinois.  Cases have occurred in ages 9 to 99.  Cases by county can be found on the IDPH website, as well as a list of local health departments who will have the most up to date information.

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  • 17th Mar, 2020

    Officials closely monitoring outbreak at long-term care facility in DuPage County

    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the first death of an Illinois resident who tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  The individual was a Chicago resident in her 60s who tested positive earlier this month and had contact with a known COVID-19 case.

    "I am deeply saddened by the news that we've dreaded since the earliest days of this outbreak: the first COVID-19 related death in Illinois," said Governor JB Pritzker. "All of Illinois stands with this patient's family and loved ones in mourning her loss and honoring her memory. May her memory be a blessing. There are going to be moments during the next few weeks and months when this burden feels like it is more than we can bear – this is one...

  • 16th Mar, 2020

    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 12 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across Illinois.  Two additional counties are now reporting cases, Peoria and Will counties.  Other locations with cases include Chicago and Champaign, Clinton, Cook, Cumberland, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, Sangamon, St. Clair, Whiteside, Winnebago, and  Woodford counties.   

    “We know there is a lot of concern as the number of cases and locations increase,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “However, not everyone who has respiratory symptoms like cough and shortness of breath needs to be tested.  Similarly, not everyone who is infected with novel coronavirus needs medical treatment.  We want to make sure those at higher risk of severe illness are prioritized for testing and that they can receive the medical care they need.  We ask those who have mild...

  • 15th Mar, 2020

    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 29 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across Illinois.  Five additional counties are now reporting cases – Champaign, Clinton, Sangamon, Whiteside, and Winnebago counties.  Other locations with cases include Chicago and Cook, Cumberland, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, St. Clair, and Woodford counties.    

    “We are seeing the number of COVID-19 cases increase exponentially and in more locations across Illinois,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “At this point, it is best to assume that the coronavirus is circulating in your community and you should take the same precautions when interacting with other people that you would when interacting with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.  This may seem like an extreme step, but this is how we reduce the number of new cases and prevent the...

  • 14th Mar, 2020

    State also identifies first case associated with a long-term care facility

    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced the first cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in central and southern Illinois. A Woodford County resident in his 50s and a Cumberland County resident in his 70s both tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, two St. Clair County residents have tested positive – a woman in her 60s and a woman in her 70s. Possible exposures and travel histories for the two individuals are still being investigated and public health officials are working to identify and contact all individuals who are close contacts for these two cases.

    “As we expected, we are beginning to identify cases of COVID-19 outside of the Chicago area,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Over the past several days, we have announced...

  • 13th Mar, 2020

    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today is announcing 14 more individuals in Illinois have tested positive at the IDPH laboratory for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

    "The State is taking aggressive measures to help limit the spread of the virus as the number of positive cases we report each day is increasing,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “The situation continues to evolve rapidly, and we want to get ahead of widespread community transmission to reduce the number of people affected.  We would rather be over cautious than put the health of our most vulnerable populations at risk.” 

    Approximately 30% of the cases in Illinois are travel associated, about 41% are a contact of a  COVID-19 case, and the remaining cases do not have a clear connection and could be the result of spread in the community.  While the vast majority of cases are...

  • 12th Mar, 2020

    CHICAGO– The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today is announcing seven more individuals in Illinois have tested positive at the IDPH laboratory for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

    “The virus is here in Illinois. While it may not be in your community now, we anticipate it will be eventually. We all need to take action now by postponing large events and restricting visits to nursing homes to limit the spread,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “Guidance for this novel virus is changing day by day, sometimes hour by hour, but we want to empower people to think about what they can do to reduce their risk of possible infection, as well as spread of the virus. The state will continue with containment efforts while also implementing mitigation strategies and we’re asking for your help in these efforts.”

    Approximately 29% of the cases in Illinois are travel...

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