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US - Illinois: 1st confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus case (2nd in the U.S.) - January 24, 2020

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  • sharon sanders
    hat tip Erin

    Here is a local news station in Chicago with page that they are updating:

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  • Pathfinder
    Second Travel-related Case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Detected in United States

    Press Release
    For Immediate Release: Friday, January 24, 2020
    Contact: Media Relations
    (404) 639-3286

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today confirmed the second infection with 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the United States has been detected in Illinois. The patient recently returned from Wuhan, China, where an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by this novel coronavirus has been ongoing since December 2019.

    The patient returned to the U.S. from Wuhan on January 13, 2020, and called a health care provider after experiencing symptoms a few days later. The patient was admitted to a hospital, where infection control measures were taken to reduce the risk of transmission to other individuals. The patient remains hospitalized in an isolation room in stable condition and is doing well.

    Based on the patient’s travel history and symptoms, health care professionals suspected 2019-nCoV. A clinical specimen was collected and sent to CDC, where laboratory testing confirmed the infection. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) are investigating locations where this patient went after returning to Illinois and are identifying any close contacts who were possibly exposed. The patient has limited close contacts, all of whom are currently well and who will be monitored for symptoms. Since returning from China, the patient has had very limited movement outside the home.

    CDC is taking aggressive public health measures to help protect the health of Americans. While CDC considers this a serious public health threat, based on current information, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV to the general American public is considered low at this time. CDC is working closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Chicago Department of Public Health, and other local partners. A CDC team has been deployed to support the ongoing investigation.

    However, CDC has been proactively preparing for the introduction of 2019-nCoV in the U.S. for weeks, including:
    • First alerting clinicians on January 8 to be on the look-out for patients with respiratory symptoms and a history of travel to Wuhan, China.
    • Developing guidance for clinicians for testing and management of 2019-nCoV, as well as guidance for home care of patients with 2019-nCoV.
    • Has developed a diagnostic test to detect this virus in clinical specimens. Currently, testing must take place at CDC, but CDC is preparing to share these test kits with domestic and international partners.
    • Implementing public health entry screening at Atlanta (ATL), Chicago (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), and San Francisco (SFO) airports. CDC is currently evaluating the extent and duration of this enhanced screening.
    • CDC has activated its Emergency Operations Center to better provide ongoing support.

    Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing respiratory illness in people and others circulating among animals including camels, cats and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people, such as has been seen with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Investigations are ongoing to learn more, but person-to-person spread of 2019-nCoV is occurring.

    It is likely there will be more cases reported in the U.S. in the coming days and weeks. CDC will continue to update the public as circumstances warrant. While the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time, there are simple daily precautions that everyone should always take. It is currently flu and respiratory disease season, and CDC recommends getting vaccinated, taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed. Right now, CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Wuhan, China. In addition, CDC recommends people traveling to China practice certain health precautions like avoiding contact with people who are sick and practicing good hand hygiene.

    For more information about the current outbreak in China, visit For travel health information, visit

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  • sharon sanders
    CDC teleconference notes on 2nd case:

    A 2nd travel related 2019-nCov case confirmed in Chicago, Illinois.

    January 13 returned from Wuhan, China. A few days later developed symptoms and was placed in hospital in isolation. Woman in 60s. Stable condition. Remains hospitalized for infection control. She was not symptomatic while flying. Not a lot of contacts. Was mostly at home. Did not take any public transportation.

    63 people being monitored in the US in 22 states. List will be posted next week. Of the 63, 11 have tested negative. Other patient samples are being processed.

    Have screened 2000 people from 200 flights. Approx. numbers.

    Chicago public health making list of patient's contacts. Immediate contacts are not symptomatic at this time.

    On Washington state patient - so far contacts are not symptomatic.

    Not releasing info about Chicago patient's movements in Wuhan. Was not traveling with other people.

    Re-evaluating border screening as more info. is developing. A balance and shifting will be implemented in border control.

    Test kits are being expediated as soon as possible.

    Incubation period of approx. 2 weeks.

    Testing respiratory samples and sometimes blood in people monitored.

    People need to check for mild illness...working to understand full spectrum of illness in this virus. Focusing on fever and respiratory symptoms now. Asking public to err on side of caution and self report fever and respiratory systems if have travel history.

    CDC asking people to
    call ahead to their medical providers if they have respiratory + fever symptoms so providers can have infection controls ready. Or suspect they might have 2019-nCov (maybe other mild symptoms?) with a travel history.

    Test takes about 4 hours to give results.

    Situation in China developing rapidly. Working directly with China partners to get info as well as W.H.O.

    Chicago officials will not name the hospital at this time. May share if conditions change. i.e. spread in hospital etc.

    Early days - accumlating info. can't compare to SARS. 2019-nCov data is preliminary.

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  • US - Illinois: 1st confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus case (2nd in the U.S.) - January 24, 2020


    A second US case of deadly coronavirus has been confirmed, this time in Illinois
    Ryan W. Miller

    The deadly coronavirus has afflicted another person in the United States, health officials confirmed Friday, bringing the total number of U.S. cases to two as Chinese health officials scramble to contain the outbreak.

    A Chicago woman returned Jan. 13 from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, and began experiencing symptoms a few days after arriving home, said the city's health officials.

    The 60-year-old woman called her doctor after symptoms arose and she was admitted to a hospital and placed in isolation, health officials said. Further testing confirmed the virus.

    Nancy Messonnier, the director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the risk to the U.S. public remains low but that more cases will likely be confirmed in the coming days...