“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 recovering,
approximately 94% are in isolation either at home or in the
hospital. At this time, there have been no deaths associated with
COVID-19 in Illinois.
Among the 14 new cases, nine are Chicago, four Cook County, and one
Lake County. New cases being reported today range in age from 20s to
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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 these cases.
It is very important for the public to implement
personal preparedness to limit the spread of this virus. Protecting
yourself and your family is a critical component to protecting our
communities. Be mindful of those who are at greater risk for
contracting this virus, including older adults and those with
certain health conditions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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