A spokesman for the Univeristy of Chicago Medical Center released a statement on Monday, saying the hospital was in the middle of admitting it’s first suspected patient with coronavirus.
An email sent from the Hospital administrators to staff, faculty, students and residents read:
“As you know, UChicago Medicine has been preparing for this eventuality since COVID-19 became a global health concern in January,” the email states. “Senior hospital leadership and leaders from our infectious diseases and infection prevention teams, along with other expert clinicians, are working closely with local, state and federal health officials and continue to apply up to date recommended guidelines.”
Results are currently pending, but the Hospital says it was “following rigorous isolation and infection control protocols to ensure the safety of our staff, patients and our neighbors,” via the email.
“We have the utmost confidence in the dedicated and highly trained team composed of nurses, physicians and other health care professionals who are providing care for this patient,” the message added. Hospital staff did not provide any further details on the patient.
Pending confirmation, this would mark the fifth case of Coronavirus in Cook County. Yesterday State of Illinois officials announced a fourth case within the State had tested positive for the virus.