COVID-19 patient in Illinois speaks from the hospital room: ‘I told my parents I wanted to get tested’

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CHICAGO — The Illinois Department of Public Health and Cook County Department of Public Health announced Thursday a fifth Illinois resident has tested positive for COVID-19. 

21-year-old Edward Campbell tested positive Wednesday and is in isolation at Rush Univesity Medical Center in Chicago.

The positive test results will have to be confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Campbell is from the Chicago area and a student at Vanderbilt University. He was studying in Florence, Italy when when the school called him and his classmates back to the U.S.
He flew home Tuesday and when arrived he told his parents something wasn’t right.

“I walked in my front door told my parents, ‘I have this weird feeling,” he said. “I was with people who were sick. … I told him my parents I wanted to get tested. So we came down to Rush Wednesday morning.”

I came back Tuesday night and wasn’t feeling well,” he said. “I told him my parents I wanted to get tested. So we came down to Rush Wednesday morning. Got tested and they had the results back early evening. By nighttime, I really wasn’t feeling well. So I wanted to come check in and be in isolation here.

Edward Campbell, COVID-19 Patient

He was tested Wednesday and by Wednesday night those tests showed he had COVID-19.

“By night time, I really wasn’t feeling well. So I wanted to come check-in and be in isolation here,” Campbell said.

Campbell said in addition to not feeling well, he feels terrible his parents and two siblings are quarantined at home for the next two weeks.

“I describe it worse as than a cold or flu, but not as bad as pneumonia,” he said.

State health officials are retracing Campbell steps back to the U.S. to contact those who may have been in contact with him.

Also Thursday, Northwest Community Healthcare in Arlington Heights announced that the state’s third confirmed case of COVID-19 was released from the hospital. That person, who is reported to be in his 70s, is now in home isolation.

“He continues to recover and is doing well. He is under observation by public health officials,” NCH said in a statement.

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