Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus in Illinois Jumps to 288

Emily Burdett | The PhoenixThere are now 288 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, up from 160 yesterday.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois are up to a total of 288 — a jump of 128 from yesterday’s count — just one day after the first coronavirus-related death in the state, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

The cases span 17 counties of Illinois, and patients’ ages range from 9 to 99, the March 18 press release from the IDPH says.

Among these new cases are students, faculty or staff at three Chicago universities — DePaul University, University of Chicago and Columbia College. 

As of publication, Loyola still doesn’t have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 among its community.

DePaul University issued a press release March 18, saying a faculty member told the university they tested positive for the coronavirus. “For precautions and safety of the community,” the university building the faculty member works in is closed for cleaning, the press release says. 

March 17, the University of Chicago sent an email to the university community that a student in the business school who lives off-campus tested positive for the illness. 

Columbia College Chicago also issued a statement March 18, saying a member of the campus community was diagnosed with the coronavirus. The statement doesn’t specify whether the person is a student, faculty or staff member.

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