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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Coronavirus Update

DuPage County is working closely with our local healthcare community, as well as state and federal agencies to limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) is our lead agency and is following guidance provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). DCHD Communicable Disease and Epidemiology staff routinely monitor and investigate disease transmission and continue to do so with this new virus. The DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is working closely with DCHD and local emergency preparedness officials, as well as first responders, to support the community. We are exchanging information and answering questions from hospitals, schools, businesses and community partners.

The CDC is urging us all to take the following public health actions to slow the spread of this emerging respiratory disease. 

  • Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to COVID-19-related virus. Seek medical attention as needed
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash can
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the restroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60 percent to 95 percent alcohol
  • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects

The DuPage County Health Department website is a continuously updated source of information at www.dupagehealth.org. People seeking a hotline can also call the Illinois Coronavirus Disease Hotline at (800) 889-3931 or send an email to DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV, anytime, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Stay healthy,

Dan Cronin