Illinois Creates Coronavirus Hotline as Death Toll Hits 910 Worldwide

Illinois Creates Coronavirus Hotline as Death Toll Hits 910 Worldwide

Could the coronavirus pop up in Kane County in the next few weeks?

The short answer is yes, but health officials — local, state and national — are working diligently to make sure that it doesn’t.

To help monitor the situation, provide consistent and up-to-date information, answer questions and share facts, the Illinois Department of Public Health has developed a new coronavirus hotline and email address.

Call 1-800-889-3931 any time or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV​.

Coronavirus Cases Globally

Coronavirus cases worldwide now have surpassed 31,000, and Chinese health officials said 97 more deaths were reported Sunday, a spike after days of decline that put the global toll at 910.

According to USA Today, all but two of the deaths have occurred on the Chinese mainland, most in and around the city of Wuhan.

The Centers For Disease Control says the novel (new) coronavirus (named “2019-nCoV”) was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and continues to expand.

Infections with 2019-nCoV, most of them associated with travel from Wuhan, also are being reported in a growing number of international locations, including the U.S.

Some person-to-person spread of this virus outside China has been detected, including here in Illinois.

Coronavirus in U.S.

As of Friday (Feb. 7, 2020), 337 people have been “under investigation” for coronavirus in the U.S. since Jan. 21.

Of those, 12 are positive, 225 were negative and 100 are pending.

The United States reported the first confirmed instance of person-to-person spread with this virus on Jan. 30, 2020.

That same day, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concernexternal icon” and on Jan. 31, the president of the United States signed a “Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirusexternal icon.”

Coronavirus in Illinois

Here in Illinois, there have been two confirmed coronavirus cases, both in Chicago.

The total number of people tested is 49, with 26 negative and 21 pending results.

Kane County Health Department officials communicate daily with the IDPH and CDC. You can find updated information and links on the Health Department’s home page.

Health officials say more cases are likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the United States and, possibly, here in Kane County. It’s also likely that person-to-person spread will continue to occur.

For people who have had close contact with someone infected with 2019-nCoV who develop symptoms, contact your healthcare provider, and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure to a 2019-nCoV patient.

For more information, visit or call 630-208-3801.

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SOURCE: CDC, IDPH, Kane County Health Department