Illinois to do in-state testing for the coronavirus

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CHICAGO, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health can now do testing for the 2019 novel coronavirus, making Illinois the first to do testing in-state.

A patient's upper and lower respiratory specimens will go to the Chicago IDPH laboratory, with test results available within 24 hours. The IDPH hopes to have its Springfield and Carbondale laboratories doing the testing soon.

“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.”

So far, two residents of Illinois have tested positive for the virus. For more information, call 800-889-3931 or visit www.dph.illinois.gov/