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After Case of Coronavirus in Chicago, Central Illinois is Taking Precautions

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Sara Sparkman with the Tazewell County Health Department says symptoms of the Coronavirus are similar to that of the flu or the common cold.

"Basically what we're looking for with symptoms for this Coronavirus is a fever, and then coughing and shortness of breath," said Sparkman.

But she adds there is a clear deciding factor.

"If you've been in Wuhan, China or you've been in close contact, which is 6 feet, of somebody who's confirmed a case. So at this point, if I develop a cough tomorrow, I'm not going to think Coronavirus," said Sparkman.

OSF Healthcare says if a patient in their hospital is suspected of having the virus, a procedure is in place. Patients would be asked to wear a surgical mask, and would be evaluated in a private room -- usually an airborne infection isolation room.

Via video statement, Lisa Grooms explained what treatment methods would be used if a case were to be confirmed.

"Usually it's just managing their symptoms, giving them fever reduction medication, helping them with breathing treatment; worse-case scenario ventilators," said Grooms.

And while odds of contracting the virus are low, Sparkman says it doesn't hurt to still cough into your sleeve and wash your hands frequently.

She says the CDC continues to monitor the virus and any updates or new information will be passed down to the state level and then the local county health departments.

Andy Weber

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