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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
Situation in Illinois
You can view up-to-date information on the disease, number of cases, deaths, and individuals tested on an Illinois state site: coronavirus.illinois.gov.
On Friday, March 20th, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-10 requiring all Illinoisans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The order prohibits things like visiting other people’s homes (except to provide care or supplies) and gatherings of more than 10 people and closes all nonessential establishments, including most retail, recreation and entertainment businesses. It does NOT prohibit essential activities like going to the grocery store, receiving medical care, or taking your pet for a walk.
For general questions about COVID‐19, call the Illinois Department of Public Health COVID‐19 Hotline at 1 800 889 3931 or email mailto:DPH.SICK@illinois.gov.
Note the Hotline does not make decisions about who should be tested for COVID‐19.
Testing for COVID-19
If you believe you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, call your doctor. The CDC has expanded their criteria for evaluating individuals to include a wider group of symptomatic people. Clinicians will use their judgement under the new guidelines to determine if a person has signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and whether they should be tested.
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.