Illinois has become the first state to be able to conduct in-state testing for the coronavirus. After specimens from individuals are provided to the Chicago IDPH laboratory, test results are to be made available within 24 hours.
The Illinois Department of Public Health is currently working toward providing testing for the coronavirus online in the Springfield and Carbondale laboratories.
IDPH and the Illinois Poison Center have created a hotline for in-state residents to call if questions arise.
Illinois residents outside Chicago can call (800) 889-3931 and Chicago residents can call (312) 746-4835 Monday through Friday during business hours. Residents can call 311 during evenings, weekends and holidays.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention started shipping laboratory test kits to certain qualified United States and international labs on Feb. 5. The shipment and use of the test kits comes after the U.S Food and Drug Administration report of an Emergency Use Authorization on Feb. 4.
The test is aimed to be used for upper and lower respiratory specimens gathered from people who meet CDC criteria for coronavirus testing. Criteria incorporates looking at travel and/or exposure history, symptoms and fever.
Two Illinois residents have tested positive and 44 have tested negative for the coronavirus.