QUINCY — A third person has tested positive for COVID-19 in Adams County, according to officials with the Adams County Health Department.
This individual, identified by public health officials as being a male in his 20s, is currently recovering at Blessing Hospital.
In a statement issued by the Adams County Health Department, officials say they have launched an investigation in hopes of determining how the man contracted the virus.
“Public health officials have started a contact investigation to understand what contacts the individual had prior to the diagnosis and will notify close contacts as they are identified through this investigation. The initial investigation indicates this is community acquired,” officials said in the statement.
If determined to be true this would be the first case of community spread of the virus in Adams County. The two individuals previously diagnosed with COVID-19 in the county both reported recent travel.
The first individual, a man in his 30s, is believed to have contracted the virus after being exposed to it while traveling domestically. The second individual, identified as a male health care worker at Blessing Hospital between the ages of 30 and 40, had also traveled recently.
Earlier on Friday, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced there were 1,209 new COVID-19 cases in the state. He also announced the death toll from the virus had risen by 53 people to 210 people dead statewide.
Currently, the Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting a total of 8,904 cases spread throughout 64 counties in Illinois. The individuals sickened by the virus range in age from one to more than 100 years old.
The industry-standard test for the virus, which has flu-like symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, fever, and fatigue, is a nasal swab. Some people, usually those with other medical complications or health-factors such as age, develop more severe symptoms, including pneumonia, which can be fatal.
To date, nearly 200 people in Adams County have been tested for the virus.
According to data from the Adams County Health Department, ninety people have tested negative for the virus and three have tested positive. There are 114 pending tests as of Friday afternoon. No Adams County resident has died from the virus.
Locally, public health officials say Blessing Hospital staff are continuing to follow CDC guidelines and protocols regarding the use of personal protective equipment to care for all suspected COVID-19 patients.
Both Blessing and Quincy Medical Group have established hotlines to screen and evaluate patients who are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19. Blessing Health System's hotline is 217-277-3504 and QMG's hotline is 217-277-4001.
If patients meet clinical criteria, they will be directed to the Flu-Like Illness screening Center, 2808 Chestnut, established in collaboration between QMG, Blessing and SIU Center for Family Medicine-Quincy. If patients are directed to the center, they will complete a brief registration. Lab testing will be performed only if medically indicated and available.
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