Knox Co. reports first COVID case -Mail

Matt Koester


Mar 27, 2020 at 5:29 PM
Mar 27, 2020 at 8:51 PM

GALESBURG — Knox County reported its first positive case of coronavirus disease Friday. The subject in question is a man in his 50s.

Illinois’ confirmed coronavirus cases increased by 488 Friday, including eight deaths. Another neighboring county is also reporting its first case.

Henry County reported its first case, alongside Bureau and Iroquois counties. The total tally of cases has now reached 3,026 in Illinois, including 34 deaths, in 40 counties.

According to the Knox County COVID Unified Command Dashboard where test results are released, 28 tests had been given in Knox County as of Friday evening. No tests had come in positive for the virus, 22 had been negative, and six tests were pending. These numbers are likely to be changed soon to account for this positive case.

The Knox County Unified Command encouraged residents to continue following social distancing guidelines by staying six feet or more away from others; staying at home unless necessary for work or supplies; and regularly washing hands.

“The Knox County Health Department is following all of the guidelines set forth by the CDC and IDPH and taking all the necessary precautions with this case. The staff is working to identify, investigate and actively monitor individuals who were in close contact with the patient,” said Michele Gabriel, public health administrator at the KCHD, in a news release regarding this confirmed case. “We understand this development causes heightened concern; however, the health and safety of our residents is our highest priority.”

There will be a press conference from the Knox County Emergency Operations Command at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Galesburg City Hall Council Chambers. Members of the media are invited to attend, but the press conference will be closed to the public.

Residents can participate by watching remotely on Public Comcast Channel 7 or online through the City of Galesburg’s website via tablet or cellphone.

Members of the Emergency Operations Command include “representatives from Community Unit School District 205, KnoxCounty, City of Galesburg, Knox County Health Department, Galesburg Hospitals Ambulance Service, Galesburg Cottage Hospital, OSF Healthcare, Regional Office of Education, and others.”

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