WOODLAWN — A patient who was admitted to University of Chicago Medical Center with a suspected case of coronavirus has tested negative.
Officials notified faculty and staff of the patient’s admission in an email Monday night, as first reported by the Chicago Maroon. Tuesday night, the hospital confirmed the patient had tested negative.
The patient testing negative for COVID-19 means there are just four confirmed cases of the virus in Illinois. Two of the patients have made a full recovery, according to NBC 5.
The other two, a married couple in their 70s, are in “good condition” and are being treated in isolation, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
“Right now, the virus has not been found to be spreading widely in the U.S., and the risk to the general public remains low,” according to the state health department.
The University of Chicago moved a study abroad program away from Hong Kong to London last month over coronavirus concerns, the Maroon reported.
Elsewhere in the city, the International Housewares Association announced Monday it would cancel its annual show at McCormick Place over concerns about the virus’ spread, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. An estimated 60,000 people attend the show annually.