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Illinois becomes first state to test for Novel Coronavirus

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WREX) — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is now able to conduct testing for the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), making Illinois the first state to be able to do testing in state.

Once specimens from individuals are received at the Chicago IDPH laboratory, test results are typically available within 24 hours.

IDPH is in the process of bringing testing for 2019-nCoV online in its Springfield and Carbondale laboratories.

“The ability to do this testing will mean we will be able to detect any new cases of novel coronavirus earlier and prevent any possible spread,” said IDPH Assistant Director Evonda Thomas-Smith. “We understand there is concern about this new virus, which is why having test results back quickly can help reduce some of those concerns.”

Currently in Illinois, two residents have tested positive for 2019-nCoV, while 44 test results have come back negative.

Andrew Carrigan

Andy Carrigan is the Assignment Editor at WREX. He joined the 13 WREX team as a photographer in 2016 after graduating from Northern Illinois University. He also produced ’13 News Today’ from 2017-2018.

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