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Erin Yarnall, Contributing Editor
12:21 pm CDT March 13, 2020

NorthShore University HealthSystem confirmed in a statement that a patient at one of its hospitals has tested positive for coronavirus.

The statement said the patient is in stable condition, but did not disclose which of the healthcare system’s five hospitals the patient was located at.

“NorthShore University HealthSystem is working closely with public health officials and using the most up-to-date evidence and the best collaborative thinking in response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation,” the statement said.

The healthcare system has hospitals in Glenview, Highland Park, Evanston, Skokie and Chicago.

The hospital has put together a “cross-functional team” that meets daily to review systems, supplies, people and communication aspects, according to the statement.

“We continue to work diligently to provide all of our patients, visitors, staff and the communities we serve with safe and effective care,” the statement said.

In addition to the patient at one of Northshore University Healthsystem's hospitals, five people with links to the North Shore have reported exposures to the coronavirus with at least three confirmed cases, as of press time
• Consolidated School District 113 announced emergency closure of school Friday, March 13, after a suspected case was reported at Deerfield High School.
• In a statement posted Wednesday, March 11, Evanston Unitarian Church said a congregation member tested positive for the coronavirus and it would suspend services for at least a week.
• The Village of Glencoe announced Wednesday, March 4, that an employee of its Public Works Department was on self-quarantine after being exposed to someone who has a confirmed case of the coronavirus.
• Loyola Academy in Wilmette closed for March 9-10 after a student at the school was exposed to the virus off-campus.
• A faculty member of Lake Forest High School entered a 14-day quarantine after being exposed to the coronavirus while attending a Chicago high school where someone with the virus had been present the same day.

There are 32 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Illinois, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report 1,629 confirmed cases and 41 deaths from the virus in the United States, as of press time Friday, March 13.

According to the World Health Organization, there are more than 132,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 4,900 deaths linked to the virus, as of press time Friday, March 13. There are confirmed cases in at least 118 countries, according to WHO statistics.