Fourth Coronavirus Case In Illinois, New ‘Sentinel’ Testing To Begin

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.

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