Officials: Cook County resident tests positive for coronavirus

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The Illinois Department of Health announced Saturday that one Illinois resident has tested positive for coronavirus.

The positive test results will have to be confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab. The patient is hospitalized in isolation and CDC protocols have been implemented.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle tweeted that the patient is from suburban Cook County.

Officials are working to identify and monitor individuals who were in contact with the patient in an effort to reduce the risk of additional transmission. The state will request that the CDC deploys a team to support these efforts.

Gov. Pritzker has requested that hospitals across the state implement additional testing to improve surveillance for coronavirus. Illinois was the first state to provide COVID-19 testing and Pritzker announced two more IDPH labs in central and southern Illinois that will be able to test specimens next week.  

Loyola Chicago announced it’s bringing home students studying abroad in Rome. The students will be back in the US by March 4.

Italy is one of the countries that the CDC put travel restrictions on.

Illinois has had two previously confirmed cases of coronavirus and both patients made a full recovery.

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