• 12th Feb, 2020

    In-State Testing for Novel Coronavirus in Illinois Not Impacted by Issues in Other States

    CHICAGO – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) have confirmed that the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) test performed by Illinois has not been impacted by issues seen in other states. As a result, CDC has confirmed IDPH should continue to provide in-state testing for 2019-nCoV. All tests already provided have been confirmed to be accurate.

    This news follows a CDC announcement this morning related to inconclusive 2019-nCoV test  results in some states. This announcement does not impact Illinois, where IDPH worked with the CDC to successfully verify the test and all controls and verification samples showed accurate results. Earlier this week, Illinois...

  • 11th Feb, 2020

    Statewide hotline available for questions

    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is now able to conduct testing for the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), making Illinois the first state to be able to do testing in state. Once specimens from individuals are received at the Chicago IDPH laboratory, test results are typically available within 24 hours. IDPH is in the process of bringing testing for 2019-nCoV online in its Springfield and Carbondale laboratories.

    “The ability to do this testing will mean we will be able to detect any new cases of novel coronavirus earlier and prevent any possible spread,” said IDPH Assistant Director Evonda Thomas-Smith. “We understand there is concern about this new virus, which is why having test results back quickly can help reduce some of those concerns.”...

  • 30th Jan, 2020

    Risk to general public in Illinois remains low

    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), and Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are reporting the second confirmed case of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) in Illinois.  The individual is a man in his 60s and is the spouse of the first confirmed travel-related case in Illinois.  He had not traveled overseas but interacted with his wife upon her return from China. This is the first person-to-person spread of the virus in the United States.

    “I want to emphasize that the risk of this novel coronavirus to the general public in Illinois remains low.  Local, state, and federal health officials are working to identify those who have...

  • 27th Jan, 2020

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the 2019 Fourth Quarterly Report of Nursing Home Violators is now posted on IDPH’s website.  The report contains additional information about the violations.

    The facilities listed below were cited with type “AA” or “A” violations of the Nursing Home Care Act and processed between October-December 2019. An “AA” violation is cited when there is a condition or occurrence at the facility that proximately caused a resident’s death. An “A” violation pertains to a condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result, or has resulted.

    The following facility was cited for an “AA”...

  • 24th Jan, 2020

    Patient is the second of two nationally diagnosed cases, officials note small risk to the general public.

    CHICAGO – The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) today joined state and federal health officials as well as other City departments in reporting the first local resident with a confirmed case of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Health officials reassured the general public that the risk of the virus spreading still remains low. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) first confirmed Friday morning the second case of coronavirus in the United States. The patient recently returned to Chicago from Wuhan, China, where an outbreak of pneumonia caused by the virus has been ongoing since December 2019.

    “We’re pleased that the patient is doing well and getting the proper care, that the public health system...

  • 10th Jan, 2020

    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) are investigating cases of Legionnaires’ disease at two separate nursing homes in Chicago. Two residents at Balmoral Nursing Home and one resident at Admiral at the Lake have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. The cases at the two facilities do not appear to be related. Residents at each of the nursing homes were at the facility for the entire 10 days before they started showing symptoms, also known as the exposure period.

    Balmoral Nursing Home has implemented water restrictions and installed water filters in certain areas of the facility. IDPH has collected water samples for testing and is awaiting results. Water samples collected by the facility and tested by its consultant were negative for Legionella bacteria. The facility has provided...

  • 31st Dec, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are investigating a single case of Legionnaires’ disease in a resident at the Illinois Veterans Home – Quincy (IVHQ). The resident has received medical treatment and is recovering at IVHQ. No other cases have been identified and IVHQ continues to follow its plans to monitor residents for respiratory illness. The last case of Legionnaires’ disease at IVHQ was February 2018.

    IDPH infectious disease staff are working with the facility to collect information and further investigate the resident’s illness. IVHQ has notified residents, staff, and families or power-of-attorneys. IVHQ continues to operate a robust water management program and is implementing best practices to control the growth and spread of waterborne pathogens. IVHQ provides additional water...

  • 13th Dec, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), along with the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD), is investigating three cases of Legionnaires’ disease in individuals who were patients at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. One individual was an inpatient, and the second and third individuals had outpatient visits. These patients could have acquired the infection at the hospital, but they also had other possible sources of exposure during the 10 days before they started showing symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends public health officials conduct a full investigation into the source of Legionella in a health care facility after identifying two or more cases possibly associated with the facility within 12 months of each other.

    IDPH is working with DCHD and the hospital to collect information and further...

  • 2nd Dec, 2019

    It’s Not Too Late To Get A Flu Shot

    SPRINGFIELD– If you have not gotten your flu shot, it is not too late. Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike urges everyone six months and older who has not been vaccinated, to get their flu shot this week as part of National Influenza Vaccination Week. Just last week Dr. Ezike gave Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton her flu shot in preparation for the winter season. https://www.facebook.com/191905870875836/posts/2544795042253562?vh=e&d=n&sfns=mo

    “The holiday season is in full swing, which can mean holiday parties with friends, family gatherings, or crowds of shoppers all looking for that perfect gift,” said Dr. Ezike. “Being in close quarters with many different people...

  • 25th Nov, 2019

    Give Thanks for Family, Friends, and Food Safety This Thanksgiving

    SPRINGFIELD– Many people look forward to turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and everything else that may go with their Thanksgiving meal. But one thing you do not want to go with your meal is bacteria that could cause food poisoning.

    “While most healthy people recover from foodborne illness, typically called food poisoning, in a day or two, others can suffer severe illness, including a condition where the kidneys stop working,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “This holiday season, I recommend following several food safety steps to help prevent foodborne illness.”

    First things first - if your frozen turkey is 10 to 15 pounds, you need to take it out of the freezer now in order for it to be completely thawed by Thanksgiving Day. It takes...