Coronaviruses 004 loresCHICAGO – In response to reports from the Illinois Department of Public Health that a second Illinois resident has contracted coronavirus – this time from person-to-person contact in the United State – Senator Patricia Van Pelt, chair of the Illinois Senate Public Health Committee is urging residents to stay calm but take reasonable precautions.

“Now that the second case of the coronavirus has been identified in Illinois, I want to remind residents of the Chicagoland area to take necessary precautions,” Van Pelt said. “Though the coronavirus has been declared a global health emergency, there’s no need to panic. As confirmed by the Department of Public Health, the risk of the coronavirus being an epidemic in our state remains low.”

“Though it isn’t receiving as much media attention, the flu still presents a higher risk,” Van Pelt continued. “So please, wash your hands often. Cover your coughs and your sneezes. Stay home when you are sick, and consult a doctor when needed. Stay informed. Be aware. Let’s all do our part to prevent the spread of flu and coronavirus.”

Recommendations from the Illinois Department of Public Health:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Please visit the Illinois Department of Public Health or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s websites for more information on the outbreak and how to stay safe.


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