15 COVID-19 Cases in the U.S.

February 13, 2020

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today confirmed a 15th novel coronavirus (COVID-19) case, a repatriated American from Wuhan, China under quarantine at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. This is the first person under quarantine at the base who had symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19. According to the CDC, the individual is currently isolated and receiving medical care at a designated hospital nearby. The State Department-charted flight arrived in the U.S. on Feb. 7.

According to the latest situation report from the World Health Organization, there are 45,171 confirmed cases globally, with 44,730 in China and 441 outside China in 24 countries. There are two confirmed cases in Illinois.

Meanwhile, the Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) and CDC have confirmed that the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) test performed by Illinois has not been impacted by accuracy issues seen in other states. A CDC announcement yesterday discussed problems related to inconclusive 2019-nCoV test results in some states.

IDPH worked with the CDC to successfully verify the test and all controls and verification samples showed accurate results. 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. Illinois became the first state to offer the Novel Coronavirus test in state, allowing IDPH to make test results available within approximately 24 hours.

Residents in Illinois outside Chicago can call the state's hotline with general questions about novel coronavirus at 800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@illinois.gov.  The number for Chicago residents is 312-746-4835 Monday through Friday during business hours and 311 during evenings, weekends, and holidays, or email coronavirus@chicago.gov.        

More information about novel coronavirus can be found on the IDPH website and the IHA website.