CHICAGO - A person in suburban Cook County has tested positive for the coronavirus, making them the third person in Illinois to have contracted the virus as it spreads around the globe.
The announcement was made Saturday in a joint statement from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Cook County Department of Public Health.
The patient has been “hospitalized in isolation,” the statement said. Health officials are currently in the process of tracking down people who may have come into contact with the patient, though health officials did not say exactly where the person was from.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle confirmed the case was identified in suburban Cook County.
“I want to assure residents that the Cook County Department of Public Health is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the state public health department as we monitor the situation closely,” Preckwinkle wrote on Twitter. “I will continue to provide you with the most up-to-date information as it becomes available.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention still has to confirm the positive test results, officials said. Illinois state officials have requested a CDC team be sent to help with the response.
Illinois has had two previously confirmed cases of COVID-19 and both patients made a full recovery. The woman was diagnosed with coronavirus after returning on Jan. 13 from central China, health officials have said. Her husband was hospitalized in Hoffman Estates soon after.
Days later, Illinois became the first state to test for coronavirus. On Friday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced plans to expand testing for the disease.
Health officials are advising the public to “remain vigilant about keeping germs from spreading, by covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands with warm soap and water, and staying home when sick,” though they said people don’t need to alter their daily routines.