Health

Regional health departments report 55 new cases of COVID-19

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 12, 2020 5:50 pm Updated: Aug. 12, 2020 8:03 pm

QUINCY — The number of people testing positive for the coronavirus continues to increase by double digits each day, according to the latest figures from county health departments in West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri.

The Adams County Health Department reported on Wednesday 17 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the county's total number of cases to 566 cases since the pandemic began in March.

Among those testing positive on Wednesday were two males between 10 and 19 years old; one man and four women in their 20s; one woman in her 30s; one man and two women in their 40s; one man and two women in their 50s; and one man and two women in their 60s. Since the beginning of the pandemic, most of those testing positive — about 424 cases — have been younger than 59, including 14 children who are younger than 9.

The department also reported that 14 people are hospitalized in Adams County, including four in the intensive care unit. Seven Adams County residents have died from the virus.

Of the county's 566 cases, about 49% are residents of the 62301 ZIP code, which includes much of western Quincy and downtown, and 33% are residents of the 62305 ZIP code, which includes the northern, eastern and southern areas. About 18% of the county's cases are not Quincy residents.

The department also reported that there were 222 calls made to county COVID-19 hotlines, down from the 314 made Tuesday.

There are two hotlines, one hosted by Blessing Health System at 217-277-3504, staffed from 7 to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Quincy Medical Group also has a hotline at 217-227-4001, 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.

In Missouri, the Marion County Health Department announced 21 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the county's total number of cases to 257.

Those testing positive on Wednesday include nine men between age 20 and 90, and 12 females between 5 and 80.

The department reported that 88 people have active COVID-19 infections, including six who are hospitalized, and 163 who have recovered. Five Marion County residents have died from the virus.

Pike County Health Department officials reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday bringing the county's cases to 131. The county does not release demographic information related to the positive cases.

Of those testing positive, 39 remain under investigation for contact tracing.

There are no hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in Pike County, and 86 people have recovered.

Lewis, Monroe and Clark counties also reported new cases of COVID-19.

Two Lewis County residents — one in their 40s and another in their 50s — have tested positive. The Monroe County Health Department reported two residents, who were symptomatic, have tested positive for the virus. Since the pandemic began, 31 people in Monroe County have tested positive.

In Clark County, three people have tested positive, bringing the county to a total of 28 cases. Two who tested positive on Wednesday are at home recovering, while one is hospitalized in Hannibal.

Of those testing positive, 20 Clark County residents have recovered, six remain in isolation at home, and two are hospitalized.