Schakowsky Statement On First Human-To-Human Transmission Of 2019 Novel Coronavirus

January 30, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, released a statement on the first case of human-to-human transmission of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the United States, which has been confirmed in Illinois:

“This morning, I met with the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, and spoke to the Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, about the sixth confirmed case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the United States and second confirmed case in Illinois. Though this new case is the first person-to-person transmission in the United States, both cases in Illinois were in very close contact as the individuals are married.

“There is no cause for panic as these cases in our state are in isolation and both individuals are in recovery. The risk to Illinoisans and the general public is still low. The best defense for this coronavirus and any other virus—including the flu—is good public health practice like washing your hands and covering your cough. I will continue to provide more information as it becomes available.”

Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus for additional resources and the most current information.

CDC has a team on the ground in Illinois, and the agency is working directly with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Chicago Department of Public Health to continue investigating close contacts of these cases.