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Monday briefing: Public health officials announce 236 new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Monday, March 23, announced 236 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including three deaths in Cook County; two men in their 80s and a man in his 90s.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,285 cases in 31 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years.  Cases by county can be found on the IDPH website, as well as a list of local health departments who will have the most up-to-date information.

Health officials are still learning about this new virus and information and guidance is rapidly evolving.  

At this time, it is still unknown if a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can pass the virus to her fetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, no infants born to mothers with COVID-19 have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. In these cases, which are a small number, the virus was not found in samples of amniotic fluid or breastmilk.

Cases by county can be found on the IDPH website, as well as a list of local health departments who will have the most up-to-date information.

For donations, email [email protected]. For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email [email protected].

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