Hancock Co. reports new case of COVID-19

HANCOCK CO., Ill. (NEWS3) — Hancock County is now reporting a sixth case of coronavirus.

The Hancock County Health Department (HCHD) said in a press release Thursday a woman between the ages of 20 to 30 tested positive and is at home recovering. Officials said she was not tested for the virus in the county. The department said it appears the case is connected to another known COVID-19 case. Health staff are conducting contact tracing to investigate the possible exposures.

HCHD’s first confirmed COVID-19 case was reported April 8 after a resident in their 20s to 30s tested positive. Its second case was April 12 of a person in their 70s to 80s. The county’s third case was April 15 of a woman in her 20s to 30s. The health department reported its fourth case of a man in his 50s to 60s April 19. The county’s fifth case was reported April 26 of a man in his 80s to 90s.

“Hancock County Health Department and Memorial Hospital reminds Hancock County residents to take all safety precautions seriously,” Hancock County Community Health Director Melita Finney said. “Governor Pritzker’s stay at home mandate, with the exception of taking care of essential needs.  It is important to stay at home if you are sick, wash your hands, cover your cough and sneezes, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, wear a mask or facial covering when in public and cannot practice social distancing.”

Below are current COVID-19 test results in surrounding counties around the NEWS3 viewing area:

  • McDonough County: 14 positive (3 recovered), 162 negative, 35 pending
  • Schuyler County: 1 positive (1 recovered), 62 negative, 3 pending
  • Hancock County: 6 positive, 100 negative, 19 pending
  • Warren County: 57 positive, 100 negative and unknown pending
  • Fulton County: 3 positive (1 recovered), 113 negative, unknown pending
  • Knox County: 42 positive, 290 negative, 120 pending
  • Adams County: 40 positive (25 recovered), 1,065 negative, 111 pending

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 50,355 total coronavirus cases Wednesday and 2,215 deaths. The state saw 2,253 new cases and 92 additional deaths Wednesday.

HCHD said in most cases, COVID-19 causes mild symptoms of fever, cough, and body aches. Some experience shortness of breath. Many have no symptoms at all. Older adults and those with chronic health problems like heart disease, diabetes and asthma are at greater risk of developing severe illness which may require hospitalization.

If you have any signs or symptoms such as fever, coughing or shortness of breath, health officials urge you to contact your primary care provider for instructions on what to do.

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