Whiteside Health Officials Warn to be More Concerned With Influenza Than Coronavirus At This Time

Whiteside Health Officials Warn to be More Concerned With Influenza Than Coronavirus At This Time

The Whiteside County Health Department and CGH Medical Center would like to remind residents that coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is NOT circulating in Illinois communities. Illinois has only had two cases of COVID-19, and both cases were in Chicago among someone who had recently returned from China and their spouse.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will let the public know if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 or an increased risk to the public which remains low at this time.

However, an infectious disease currently active in Whiteside County that IS of concern is Influenza (flu). Statewide, we are seeing approximately 2.5 times the flu activity compared to this time last year and three times the Illinois Regional Baseline. This increased activity is prior to the annual spike we traditionally see in March.

CGH Medical Center, the CGH Main Clinic, and all of the CGH outlying facilities have implemented travel screenings for ALL patients per recommendation by the CDC and IDPH. These screenings may add additional on-hold time when calling into your CGH healthcare provider or while waiting to be seen