Adams County reports record high COVID-19 cases, positives in Sheriff's Department

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 1, 2020 3:00 pm

QUINCY -- A daily record number of confirmed COVID-19 tests was reported Friday in Adams County, and the courthouse will be limiting access starting next week after several employees at the Sheriff's Department tested positive.

The Adams County Health Department reported 28 confirmed cases of the virus bringing the county's total to 387.

The cases are:

º Two girls under age 10.

º One male and one female between the age of 10 and 19.

º Five men and two women in their 20s.

º Two men and three women in their 30s.

º One man and four women in their 40s.

º Four men and one woman in their 50s.

º One man in his 60s.

º One woman in her 70s.

The county is reporting a seven-day positivity rate of 4.03%, and nine people in their 40s to 90s are currently hospitalized, with two in the intensive care unit.

The Health Department said that the 127 active cases in the county is substantially higher than earlier this week after data from July 30 wasn't included in the county numbers.

"We obtain the number of new cases daily from a state database called INEDSS (Illinois National Electronic Disease Surveillance System)," the Health Department said in a statement. "However, to obtain and report the number of ‘active' cases on the website, a very specific set of criteria has to be used to create a report."

The Health Department continued to encourage people to wear masks in public spaces, wash their hands frequently and stay home when they are ill. Avoiding large gatherings also is encouraged.

Because of the cases in the Sheriff's Department, the county announced that the courthouse will be closed to the public on Monday to allow for additional testing of Sheriff's Department personnel and to deep clean all public spaces in the courthouse.

Effective Tuesday, the public will have limited access to the courthouse and all county services within the building. The west Vermont Street entrance remains temporarily closed, and there will be limited access to the Fifth Street entrances.

Information on each department can be found on the county's website, co.adams.il.us.

Also in Illinois, the Hancock County Health Department announced three additional cases of COVID-19.

The three cases -- a woman between 20 and 30, a man between 40 and 50 and a male between 80 and 90 and old -- are not connected, and all are recovering at home. The Health Department said the woman had been in contact with another positive COVID-19 case outside the county.

Hancock County has seen 31 cases since March.