• 11th Mar, 2020

    World Health Organization Declares COVID-19 Pandemic

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

    “More cases in more places in Illinois means we are seeing growing transmission of the virus in the community,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “Today the World Health Organization characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic.  We will see additional cases in Illinois and I urge people to take steps now to reduce the impact this will have on their daily lives.” 

    Public health officials are still investigating the travel history of these individuals and any potential contact with a known COVID-19 case.  Public health officials will identify and contact people who are considered close contacts of...

  • 10th Mar, 2020

    Illinois is currently reporting 19 cases

    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Kane County Health Department (KCHD), and the McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) today announced the first Illinois residents outside of Chicago and Cook County to test positive at the IDPH laboratory for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The cases include a Kane County woman in her 60s and a McHenry County teen, neither of whom had a history of travel to an affected area and no connection to a known case of COVID-19. Public health officials are identifying and contacting all close contacts.

    “As we anticipated, the number of cases in Illinois is increasing and now includes the first cases outside of Chicago and Cook County,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “The State of Illinois continues to take action to reduce spread of COVID-...

  • 9th Mar, 2020

    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) are reporting four additional people in Illinois have tested positive at the IDPH laboratory for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  Two of the cases, a woman in her 50s and a woman in her 70s, are both family members to the sixth case, a woman in her 50s who acquired the virus on a cruise ship and is an employee at Jacqueline B. Vaughn Occupational High School. 

    The third new case is a woman in her 50s from California who traveled to Illinois.  The fourth most recent case is a woman in her 70s who returned earlier this month from an Egyptian cruise.  All four of these new cases are in isolation and in good condition.

    “While we continue to implement measures to reduce the spread of the virus, as we anticipated, we are starting to see more COVID-19 cases in...

  • 8th Mar, 2020

    Public advised on important preventative actions

    CHICAGO - The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced a new case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Chicago and provided ongoing guidance to the public to help contain the spread of the virus. The new case, the seventh in Illinois, was detected in a Chicago resident in his 60s who sought medical care. Testing was negative for flu and other viruses, at which point he was tested for COVID-19 and found to be a presumptive positive. The patient is currently hospitalized and is in serious condition.

    An investigation by CDPH is still underway but at this point this case has not been linked to any travel or to an already confirmed COVID-19 case.

    “While we will continue to learn more about the patient’s history...

  • 6th Mar, 2020

    CHICAGO - Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, Governor JB Pritzker, and officials from Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today a new presumptive positive case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The patient is a Chicago woman in her 50s who is an employee at Jacqueline B. Vaughn Occupational High School in the Portage Park neighborhood, which will
    be closed next week out of an abundance of caution. She is currently hospitalized and in stable condition. CDPH and CPS are reaching out individually to connect with all students and their families as well as school employees.

    “The City of Chicago has been and will continue working relentlessly to ensure Chicago’s residents, businesses and communities remain safe and informed,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “CPS and CDPH have already begun an extensive outreach effort for every...

  • 5th Mar, 2020

    Testing Labs in Chicago, Springfield, Carbondale Fully Operational as State Coordinates Robust Response

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Cook County Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced a fifth Illinois resident has tested positive at the IDPH laboratory for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  The specimens have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmatory testing.  The fifth individual is a Cook County resident in his 20s who flew into Chicago O’Hare Airport earlier this month after traveling to Italy. The individual acquired the infection while in Italy and is hospitalized at Rush University Medical Center in isolation.  Public health officials are identifying and contacting all close contacts.

    “The state of Illinois is working around the clock to contain...

  • 2nd Mar, 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 a fourth 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 individual is a woman in her 70s and is the spouse of the third case – a man in his 70s.  This fourth case is quarantined at home and is complying with health officials.  Both cases are reported to be in good condition.

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

  • 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.  ...

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