Illinois likely has its third and fourth cases of the coronavirus.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker confirmed the state’s fourth likely case of COVID-19 on Monday while also announcing a new program to proactively test people in hospitals.
The two have tested positive via state methods and now need to have federal authorities confirm those results.
COVID-19 is a type of coronavirus, similar to SARS or MERS viruses that have resulted in past outbreaks.
Dr. Ngozi Ezike with the Illinois Department of Public Health announced they would begin a “sentinel surveillance” program that sends officials to hospitals proactively testing people.
Ezike says that, as of Monday, 286 Illinoisans are being actively monitored to see if they have the virus.