Kane And McHenry Counties Report Coronavirus Disease Cases

Mar 10, 2020

The Illinois Department of Public Health, Kane County Health Department, and the McHenry County Department of Health on Tuesday announced the first Illinois residents outside of Chicago and Cook County to test positive at the IDPH laboratory for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  According to a news release, the cases include a Kane County woman in her 60s and a McHenry County teen, neither of whom had a history of travel to an affected area and no connection to a known case of COVID-19.  Public health officials are identifying and contacting all close contacts.

Currently, there are 19 people in Illinois who have tested positive for COVID-19.  The release says at least one case acquired the virus in the community, but probably more.

In addition to the cases in Kane and McHenry counties, new cases include individuals in:
Cook County:

• 70s – male
• 60s – female
• 40s – female
• 40s – male

Chicago:

• 40s – male
• 40s – male

Public health officials are still investigating the travel history of these individuals and any potential contact with a known COVID-19 case.  These most recent cases are in isolation and are doing well.

For information about how you, your school, your workplace, and your 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.