Coronavirus Infections in Illinois Increase by 12 to Total 105; First Case in Will County and Peoria County Announced on Monday, March 16, 2020

The first coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case was reported in Will County today at the State of Illinois coronavirus update on Monday, March 16, 2020. The increase was smaller than yesterday’s increase, which was 29. Also, today was the first time in over eight days that the case number increase was less than the increase from a previous day, however this does not confirm the trend is decreasing. The Illinois Disaster Proclamation was declared by Gov. J.B. Pritzker one week ago.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
in Illinois Test Results (3/16/2020)

Positive (Confirmed Cases) 105
Negative Results 1038
Under Investigation 1143

— SOURCE: IDPH

“We know there is a lot of concern as the number of cases and locations increase. However, not everyone who has respiratory symptoms like cough and shortness of breath needs to be tested. Similarly, not everyone who is infected with novel coronavirus needs medical treatment. We want to make sure those at higher risk of severe illness are prioritized for testing and that they can receive the medical care they need. We ask those who have mild symptoms to stay home so the health care system is not overwhelmed.”

— IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 12 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across Illinois. Two additional counties are now reporting cases, Peoria and Will counties. Other locations with cases include Chicago and Champaign, Clinton, Cook, Cumberland, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, Sangamon, St. Clair, Whiteside, Winnebago, and Woodford counties.

Information so far suggests that most COVID-19 illness is mild. However, older people and people of all ages with severe chronic medical conditions, like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, seem to be at higher risk of developing serious illness. It is crucial that we limit contact with older people and those with certain health conditions.

Currently, IDPH is reporting 105 cases in 15 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 increasing.

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.

Allison Arwady, MD, MPH, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Mayor Lori Lightfoot did not appear to be present at Monday’s press conference.

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There were 93 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois reported Sunday, March 15, 2020.

There were 66 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois reported Saturday, March 14, 2020.

There were 46 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois reported Friday, March 13, 2020.

There were 32 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois reported Thursday, March 12, 2020.

There were 25 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois reported Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

There were 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois reported Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

There were 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois reported Monday, March 9, 2020 (Illinois Disaster Proclamation was declared on this date).

There were 7 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois reported Sunday, March 8, 2020.

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