A third person in Illinois has tested positive for the coronavirus, Cook County and state health officials said in a news release Saturday.
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, officials said. The state of Illinois plans to ask the Centers for Disease Control to send a team to offer assistance.
Additional details about where the patient resides weren’t immediately available.
In January, two Chicago residents, a husband and wife, were diagnosed with the coronavirus. The wife had recently traveled to Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak, to care for a relative.
Both patients were treated at AMITA Health St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates and have since made a full recovery.
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Earlier this month, Illinois became the first state to conduct its own tests for the coronavirus, allowing for quicker results. Along with tests in Illinois, state officials are conducting their own tests and also sending specimen to the CDC.
At a news conference Friday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said as a precautionary measure, the state will expand to two additional testing labs in central and southern Illinois in the coming week.
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The Illinois Department of Public Health launched a statewide hotline for the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, “to answer any questions from the public or to report a suspected case,” Pritzker said. That number is 1 (800) 889-3931.