A fifth person in Illinois has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual in their 20’s recently traveled home to Chicago from Italy. That person is currently being treated in isolation at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the Dir. of IDPH, says with three labs in Illinois prepared to test for COVID-19 turn-around times to determine who’s positive and who’s not can happen within a matter of hours and it’s much improved from the time to took to test when samples had to be shipped to the CDC.
The flight the person was on from Italy has been identified and the individuals sitting near the person will be notified and their health monitored. The state’s hotline to answer coronavirus question remains open at 1-800-899-3931.