Public Health Officials Announce 29
New Cases of Coronavirus Disease in Illinois
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[March 16, 2020]
- 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 health care system
from being overwhelmed.
Currently, IDPH is reporting 93 cases in 13 counties in Illinois.
Cases have occurred in all age ranges and the number of cases that
do not have a clear connection to travel or a known COVID-19 case is
Social distancing measures, such as working from home when possible,
limiting the amount of time spent in the community, and trying to
avoid public transportation as much as possible, will help reduce
the number of people who become sick at any given time and the
possibility of exhausting our health care resources.
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For information about how you, your school,
workplace, and community can prepare, please visit Preventing
COVID-19 Spread in Communities. For general questions about
COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email
A list of local health departments can be found on the IDPH website.
[ Illinois Office of Communication