Health

Adams County nears 500 total COVID-19 cases

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 9, 2020 12:01 am

QUINCY -- Fourteen additional people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Adams County as health department officials warn about public exposure of the virus at a Jimmy John's restaurant.

In a news release, the department said that anyone who visited Jimmy John's at 4500 Broadway on July 27 through July 30 should monitor their health and watch for symptoms, which include fever, chills, lost of taste or smell, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, cough, fatigue, muscle and body aches, and sore throat.

The symptoms may take two to 14 days to appear, the health department said.

The department also reported that 498 people have tested positive for the virus, including 16 who are hospitalized, including one in the intensive care unit. Of those testing positive, 132 people remain actively infected.

Those testing positive on Saturday include: two males between 10 and 19 years old; two men and one woman between 20 and 29; one man and one woman between 30 and 39; one woman between 40 and 49; two women between 50 and 59; two women between 60 and 69; and one man and one woman between 70 and 79.

Since the start of the pandemic, 264 women and 231 men in the county have tested positive, with the largest number of cases being diagnosed in people between 50 and 59 years old. This group accounts for 92 of the county's cases.

In Friday's data, the department said it fielded 243 calls to the COVID-19 hotline, which marked the second straight day of declining numbers for the service.

The phone number for the Blessing Health System COVID-19 hotline is 217-277-3504. It is staffed from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Quincy Medical Group's COVID-19 hotline number is 217-277-4001. This hotline is staffed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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