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New coronavirus case "presumptive positive" in Illinois

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Posted at 10:09 PM, Feb 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-29 22:10:46-05

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced a new patient tested positive for coronavirus strain COVID-19.

Officials are calling the test results a "presumptive positive" until they can be confrimed with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The unidentified patient is under quarantine and anyone they are known to have come in contact with is being monitored for symptoms.

This is the 3rd case of COVID-19 in Illinois. The other two patients have made what officials are calling a "full recovery".

The IDPH released the following graph detailing the spread of the virus so far in the state:

According to the IDPH website, Governor Pritzker has requested additional testing for COVID-19 across the state. "Illinois was the first state to provide COVID-19 testing and Gov. Pritzker announced two more IDPH labs in central and southern Illinois that will be able to test specimens next week. "

CDC officials remind everyone to use public health precautions: wash hands, cover coughs and sneezes, avoid sick people, and stay home as much as possible if sick.