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Health officials give warning after surge of COVID-19 cases

The recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Adams County has prompted a warning from health officials.

The county dashboard now shows 86 confirmed positive tests. That's up 41 cases in 11 days.

The dashboard shows 42 cases are considered active, but the county reports zero hospitalizations.

Health officials said there are ways to stop community spread, but they need everyone's cooperation.

"You should have some sort of a message telling people, this is time to pay attention," Dr. Dick Schlepphorst with Quincy Medical Group said.

Health officials are issuing a warning, as they see lack of social distancing and masks in public, amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.

"We're beginning to see the crunch time of when the mini surge happens and it's time to be more careful than ever," Schlepphorst said.

He said now is not the time to stop these simple practices.

"I think people have gotten a little cavalier about it and they have't seen a lot of people who are critically ill, so I think people get dull to it, but it's time to kind of ramp up again," Schlepphorst said.

Some Quincy residents choose to wear masks in public.

"If I go out to eat, I'll put it on," resident Vernon Courson said. "If I go into stores to shop, I'll put it on."

But, they said everyone is not following suit.

"It's pretty hard to do it in a restaurant because you want to talk to people and stuff like that," Courson said.

Dr. Schlepphorst said it's best to take action now, rather than suffer more consequences later.

He said when given the option, do things virtually, stay home and be aware of others.

"If people of the community want to stay open, keep businesses open, not have the government again have a shut down in the economy, it would be important right now with this mini surge that's happened to pay attention, wear a mask in public, social distance," Schlepphorst said.

Some residents agree and said it takes the whole community to stop the spread.

"Really, just follow the rules," Courson said. "Not too much longer and it should be taken care of. I don't want to end up in the hospital."

Health officials at QMG said they plan to have a meeting with the health department and other city officials on Wednesday.

They said they plan to discuss ways to relay this message to people, in an effort to slow down the spread and stop this recent surge.

Schlepphorst said they are testing more people for COVID-19 right now than ever before.

He said they are testing anyone with any type of symptoms or exposure to the virus.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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