SPRINGFIELD – As the number of cases of coronavirus in Illinois rises, Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) encourages people to take necessary precautions but to also stay calm.

“The Illinois Department of Public Health is working tirelessly to keep Illinoisans up-to-date on the latest news surrounding coronavirus,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I will continue to keep my eye on the situation and communicate on anything new that arises.”

As of Thursday afternoon, there were 25 cases reported in Illinois and organizers of large events have begun to cancel in order to keep the public safe.

“It is important for everyone to stay calm and take care of themselves,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “The elderly and those with compromised immune systems are the most at risk, but that doesn’t mean young and healthy people should take the situation for granted. They can unknowingly transmit the virus to a relative or friend.”

IDPH recommends everyone:

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Don’t shake hands, and avoid large gatherings and air travel.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people who have respiratory symptoms.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately throw it away.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your local health department or visit dph.illinois.gov.

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