This story has been updated since Gov. J.B. Pritzker's press conference on Saturday.
WHAT HAPPENED: A patient at tested positive for the disease from coronavirus, making it the first case in Illinois outside of the Chicago area. The patient was treated in the emergency room, staff knew in advance he or she was coming, and precautions were taken, an official said.
WHERE THE PATIENT LIVES: Hospital spokeswoman Patty Peterson said the person lives in one of the 10 counties the hospital serves, but they can't release information because of confidentiality requirements. The counties are Coles, Clark, Cumberland, Edgar, Douglas, Moultrie, Shelby, Effingham, Jasper and Fayette counties.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Saturday afternoon said a Cumberland County resident in his 70s tested positive for COVID-19. “As we expected, we are beginning to identify cases of COVID-19 outside of the Chicago area,” he said.
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WHERE THE PATIENT IS: The person is self-quarantining, Peterson said. The total number of cases in Illinois now stands at 64.
ABOUT OTHER CASES: Peterson said SBLHC has tested several people for the coronavirus over the last few days but there have been no other positive results.
THE LATEST NUMBERS: Roughly 2,200 cases have been documented so far in 49 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, like fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.
WHAT'S NEXT: Coles County officials plan to meet to discuss a response to the coronavirus outbreak. ordered the closing of every school in the state until March 30 starting Tuesday amid concerns over the spread.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.