Chicago Coronavirus Patients Released From Home Isolation, Cured From Illness

WBBM Newsradio Staff
February 15, 2020 - 5:09 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The two Chicago-area residents who contracted the coronavirus were released from home isolation late Friday night and are cured from the illness, according to the Illinois and Chicago Deparments of Public Health.

The two residents, who were released from St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates to home isolation Feb. 7, have undergone multiple tests to determine they are free from the virus, said CDPH. 

The husband and wife — both in their 60s — were the first case of person-to-person transmission of the disease in the U.S. and Chicago was the second U.S. location to have a person contract the virus. 

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The woman, who had returned from Wuhan, China, was identified as the first confirmed Illinois case of COVID-19, the medical name for coronavirus, on Jan. 24.

“Our two Illinois residents with confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 have recovered from their illnesses and there has been no further spread of the virus from these two cases,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “The risk to the general public remains low and we are continuing to use every tool at our disposal to keep our community safe.”

CDPH Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said the couple is free to return to work and carry out normal activities and the public should not be worried about coming into contact with them. 

Cook County Department of Public Health Chief Operating Officer Dr. Terry Mason encourages people not to be scared from interacting with the couple and to respect their privacy.

“You can’t spread what you don’t have," Mason said. "We hope the media and the public will respect the couple’s privacy and be kind to them. They have been through a lot."

The health departments said they will continue to minitor the outbreak of the disease, which so far has not spread to other patients in Illinois.

In China, the country reported 143 virus deaths and dipped in new cases Saturday. The World Health Organization praised the country's efforts to contain the new disease, saying they have "bought the world time" and that other nations must make the most of it.