First Cases of Coronavirus Outside of Cook County Revealed in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Cases of COVID-19 in Illinois jumped from 11 Monday to 19 Tuesday, with two of the eight new cases from outside of Cook County testing positive at a public health department laboratory. At least one case acquired the virus in the community, but possibly more.

The most recent cases are in isolation and doing well.

Cases include a Kane County woman in her 60s and a McHenry County teen, neither of whom had a history of travel to an affected area and no connection to a known case of COVID-19. Public health officials are identifying and contacting all close contacts.

The coronavirus testing lab in Carbondale is now open on the Southern Illinois University campus and testing between three and five specimen samples daily.

The samples come from throughout southern Illinois. The state’s three public health labs, including Springfield and Chicago, have tested about 620 specimens with supplies to test about 2,000. Results from the tests are generally available within 24 hours of receiving a specimen.

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