QUINCY — A resident at Sunset Home has tested positive for COVID-19, the Adams County Health Department announced Saturday.

Public health officials said the resident is in his 80s, and that he remains in isolation at the nursing home.

A contact investigation has started to determine what contacts that resident had prior to the diagnosis. The health department said it is working with Sunset Home to identify all close contacts and to protect the health and safety of all residents and staff at the facility.

COVID-19 testing is ongoing for all residents and staff.

"Residents in nursing homes are our most vulnerable population and are at the highest risk of severe illness from COVID-19," said Health Department Administrator Jerrod Welch. "We continue to be aggressive in our recommendations to ensure the appropriate infection prevention measures are in place to slow and limit the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities."

The health department works with all long-term care facilities to provide guidance and ensure adequate supply of personal protective equipment.

"We are working with the health department to mitigate the situation and control exposure," said Sunset Home Administrator Jerry Neal. "We have set up an isolation unit where residents who are positive for COVID-19 will receive care. We also continue to screen residents and staff and adhere to infection control guidelines outlined by the Illinois Department of Public Health."

This is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Adams County since April 29. The county has reported 41 total cases since the pandemic started. One person has died from the disease.

It is the second nursing home that has seen a positive case.

The health department reported a confirmed case at Golden Good Shepherd Home in Golden on April 28. All residents and staff were provided tests.

Residents and staff at Lampe Hi-Rise in Quincy also were offered tests after a resident tested positive in the Quincy Public Housing building.

Adams County residents with questions or concerns are encouraged to visit the health department's Facebook page, or call the COVID-19 hotline at 217-277-3504. For general questions about COVID-19, call the Illinois Department of Public Health COVID-19 hotline at 800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

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