CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information

(Updated April 7, 2020) 

We continue to work with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor potential outbreaks, provide frequent updates of emerging information, share where residents can obtain resources and tools to prepare their household and prevent further spread of COVID-19.

Have questions about the State of Illinois’ daily number? Contact COVID.media@illinois.gov

Illinois COVID-19 Hotline and Email Address

If you have questions about Coronavirus-
Call the Illinois Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Hotline 1(800) 889-3931 or,
Send an email to: DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV 
Anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

CDC - COVID-19 What’s New Updates

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MCHD can only report on the number of tests submitted through the Illinois Department of Public Health State Lab. Testing through commercial labs is not required to be reported to MCHD, however, we will still be notified of any positive cases from IDPH State Lab or commercial labs.

What is a Coronavirus?

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus meaning this is a new strain that has been identified in humans. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals. The virus was first identified during an investigation in an outbreak in Wuhan, China back in December 2019. 

If you have been in Wuhan, China, or know someone who may have the novel coronavirus AND you have symptoms (such as fever, cough, runny nose, or difficulty breathing), please call your healthcare provider so they can make arrangements for you to be assessed. 

Enfermedad de Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Los virus de Corona son una familia grande de virus, algunos causan enfermedad en personas, y otros circulan entre animales, incluyendo camellos, gatos, y murciélagos.  Rara vez los virus de corona en animales se desarrollanda y infectan a personas y propagan entre personas.

El coronavirus en ser humanos son común por todo el mundo y normalmente causa enfermedad leve a moderado en personas por todo el mundo.  Sin embargo, la aparición de nuevo virus de corona, como
SARS (por sus siglas en inglés) y MERS (por sus siglas en inglés), han sido asociado con enfermedad respiratorio severo.

Symptoms

Common human coronaviruses usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. These illnesses usually only last for a short amount of time. Symptoms may include

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Human coronaviruses can sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis.

Transmission

Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through

  • the air by coughing and sneezing
  • close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
  • rarely, fecal contamination

Prevention

The following can help prevent the spread of coronaviruses and protect yourself from becoming infected.

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick

Treatment

There are no specific treatments. To help relieve symptoms

  • take pain and fever medications
  • drink plenty of liquids
  • stay home and rest

Síntomas

Los coronavirus en ser humanos normalmente causan enfermedades leve a moderado del tracto respiratorio superior, como el resfriado común.  Estas enfermedades normalmente duran poco tiempo.    Síntomas pueden incluir

  • Fiebre
  • Tos
  • Falta de aire  

Los coronavirus en ser humanos aveces puede causar enfermedad respiratoria de las vías bajas, como neumonía o bronquitis.

Transmisión

Los coronavirus en ser humanos normalmente se propaga de una persona infectada a otras personas por medio de

  • el aire por toser o estornudo
  • contacto personal acercano, como tocar o dar la mano
  • tocar un objecto o las superficies con el virus, y despues tocar su boca, nariz, o ojos antes de lavar sus manos
  • rara vez, contaminación fecal  

Prevención

Lo siguiente puede ayudar prevenir lo propagación de el virus de corona y protegerse de la infección.

  • Lavarse frecuentemente las manos con agua y jabón por al menos 20 segundos
  • Evitar tocarse los ojos, la nariz y la boca con las manos sin lavar
  • Evitar el contacto cercano con personas enfermas  

Actualmente no hay vacunas para proteger contra infección causada por coronavirus en ser humanos.

Tratamiento

No hay un tratamiento específico. Para ayudar a aliviar los síntomas

  • toma medicamento para dolor o fiebre
  • tomar muchos líquidos
  • quedarse en casa y descans

MCHD Resources

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and the CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available.  Also, there are toolkits available for business preparations, preparing you household for COVID-19 and community response. All of which can be found on our website under the COVID resource page and our social media accounts:

We recommend everyone, to get familiar with checking those resources and the MCHD’s social media accounts:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/McLeanHealth/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/McLeanHealth?s=20

And our website https://health.mcleancountyil.gov/ for daily updates.

If you you prefer to received alerts, please subscribe to our emailing list and receive first-hand notification when they go live. 

IDPH Response

There are ongoing investigations to learn more. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reserved the right for each state to determine whether to release patient information regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The McLean County Health Department is following the guidance set by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and will not be providing information about patients under investigation for coronavirus:

“Public health officials are working with medical providers to quickly identify individuals who may need further assessment and possible testing. We (IDPH) understand there is a lot of interest with this, but we are still learning about this novel virus and this is a very fluid situation where numbers will change and may not reflect the level of risk to the general public, which at this time remains low. If that changes or if there are additional confirmed cases, we will make sure to share information as soon as we have it.”

For the latest information from IDPH, please visit: IDPH Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page