Emerging Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

The DeKalb County Health Department (DCHD) is closely monitoring a fast-changing outbreak of a novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) first identified in the city of Wuhan, China.

DCHD is in communication with and following guidance provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the rapidly evolving 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

DeKalb County residents and healthcare professionals with concerns about exposure or specific symptoms are encouraged to call the DCHD Communicable Disease Department at (815) 748-2467 (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) or (815) 758-6673 after hours.  

As recommended by IDPH and CDC, healthcare providers should continue to ask patients with respiratory symptoms and fever about any travel to China or any known contact with a person with 2019-nCoV.

NEW – Illinois Novel Coronavirus Hotline and email address

If you have questions about Coronavirus, call the Illinois Novel Coronavirus Hotline 1-800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The hotline and email address were created to provide consistent information, answer questions, share facts about symptoms, and provide up-to-date information from the CDC.


At this time, the risk of exposure to Illinois, and the Northern Illinois region, is low. However, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid exposure to the virus and CDC currently recommends avoiding all nonessential travel to China.

No additional precautions for the public are recommended at this time. But, you should follow the simple daily steps to stop the spread of illness:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

If you are sick:

  • Stay home
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you touch.