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Adams Co. COVID-19 cases double in less than a month

MGN - COVID testing - 04242020

QUINCY (WGEM) — Adams County's positive COVID-19 tests continued to spike on Monday, as health officials reported an additional 5 cases.

The county had 42 active COVID-19 cases on Monday and 86 positive cases since testing began in March.

Adams County has seen 43 test-positive cases in the past 19 days, which is as many as the county saw for the entire first 3 months of the pandemic.

Adams County sat on single-digit active cases and a total of 43 cases for nearly a month, from May 15 to June 9. Then, in just over 3 weeks, from June 9 to June 28, the county saw that number double, bringing the total of test-positive cases to 86 on Monday.

Earlier this month, Adams County Public Health Administrator Jerrod Welch said fewer COVID-19 tests were being performed in the county compared to earlier in the pandemic. He said most of the testing was of high-risk populations, like congregate living facilities.

WGEM News has made multiple interview requests to county health officials since Friday in an attempt to get a better understanding of current testing. A health department spokesperson declined, saying more information would come on Tuesday.

In recent days, health officials reported a spike in respiratory illnesses requiring care. The health department warned of active COVID-19 community spread.

As of Monday, Adams County Health Department statistics showed 43 people had recovered from COVID-19, one had died and 8,467 tests were negative.

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