COVID-19 Information

Drawing of coronavirus cellsAbout Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What Is Coronavirus?

  • A disease caused by a new respiratory virus identified in Wuhan, China and now in many countries, including the U.S.
  • Can cause severe illness and pneumonia.
  • Symptoms can be mild to severe with fever, cough, shortness of breath.

How Is It Spread?

  • Through the air by coughing or sneezing.
  • By close personal contact, such as shaking hands.
  • By touching a surface that has the virus, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

How Is It Prevented?

  • Similar to the prevention of other respiratory illnesses, including the flu.
  • Wash hands often, including surface areas such as desks and phones.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs with a tissue or sleeve.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Stay home if you are ill. Most people with mild illness will recover on their own at home by drinking fluids, resting, and taking pain and fever medications.
  • If symptoms get worse, call your healthcare provider for directions.

Who Is Most At Risk?

  • Travelers to and from certain areas of China and some other countries, as well as their close contacts, are most at risk.
  • Older individuals and those with underlying medical conditions may have a more severe illness.
  • Travelers entering the U.S. from many countries affected by COVID-19 and those exposed to known cases are being screened for illness.
  • Public Health officials in our area, as well as worldwide, are monitoring for any changes to this virus and taking action to prevent the spread of illness.

More Information


By phone:

  • Illinois Coronavirus Hotline: 1-800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.Gov with questions,(There may be a wait so it is suggested trying the online sites first see if you can find answers to your questions.)
  • United Way: 2-1-1

Learn what to do if you are sick.