There are now 32 cases of COVID-19 in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported seven more cases Thursday. Two are in Chicago, a woman in her 40s and a male youth. The others are in their 50s, 60s, and 70s in Kane, Cook and McHenry Counties. Officials are investigating their travel histories and any contact they’ve had with others.
Of the 32 cases of COVID-19 Illinois public health officials have studied, nearly a third are associated with travel, while 44 percent are people who had contact with another person who had the virus. But public health officials say of the rest, or more than a quarter, there doesn’t appear to be a clear connection and may be because of community spread.