First cases of coronavirus reported in central, southern Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health Saturday announced the first cases of COVID-19 in central and southern Illinois. 

A Cumberland County resident in his 70s and a Woodford County resident in his 70s and both tested positive for COVID-19. 

Additionally, two St. Clair County residents have tested positive – a woman in her 60s and a woman in her 70s.  Possible exposures and travel histories for the two individuals are still being investigated and public health officials are working to identify and contact all individuals who are close contacts for these two cases.

“As we expected, we are beginning to identify cases of COVID-19 outside of the Chicago area,” Gov. JB Pritzker said.  “Over the past several days, we have announced aggressive measures to reduce and slow the spread of the virus in Illinois.  These are not easy decisions to make and we are not taking them lightly, but we believe these actions will help limit the spread of the virus in our communities and keep our residents safe.”

The total number of cases in Illinois now stands at 64. 

In addition to cases in Cumberland, DuPage, St. Clair, and Woodford counties, there are seven new cases in Chicago, four in suburban Cook, one in Kane and one in Lake counties. 

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.

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 dph.sick@illinois.gov.

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