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COVID-19 surge continues in Adams Co., officials encourage testing

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QUINCY (WGEM) — The Adams County Public Health Department reported six new test-positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and urged those with symptoms or exposure to get tested.

The number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Adams County on Wednesday was at 92 with 48 of those cases being active. 8,641 tests had come back negative.

"We're seeing really those jumps on a daily basis, so we're averaging a higher number of tests across the board and a lot of that is community-driven," Adams County Public Health Administrator Jerrod Welch said.

Although testing has increased, Welch warned that was not the reason for more positive cases.

Welch said the county is seeing its highest test-positive rate since tracking the virus. Meaning that they are seeing a higher percentage of tests come back positive.

"Right now, about 2.2% is the last I saw for a test-positive rate," Welch said. "There is more community-level circulation of COVID-19 right now than there was over that flat period in April."

That is why it is very important for people to get tested and isolate themselves, especially if they just have mild symptoms, Welch said.

Welch said that asymptomatic people or those that have very mild symptoms are driving the case count up because they don't realize they have COVID-19.

"Ultimately, anyone who reports symptoms of COVID, which is a broad list of symptoms, at this point in time, should be tested," Welch said.

Welch added, if you think you have symptoms and are having trouble getting tested, you should contact the Adams County Health Department.

"Testing is very readily available now. If someone is wanting to get tested, and they're having trouble accessing that, we can certainly use the resources of the health department to help link them into testing with no problem," said Welch.

He added that there are still challenges getting rapid testing locally, but general testing available for everyone.

"If someone is seeking testing and for some reason, they're not able to access it, I would encourage them to give the health department a ring and talk about that experience because we can troubleshoot that for them possibly," Welch said.

"Certainly, at this time, there should be enough testing capacity for anyone who has been exposed or anyone who's got any symptoms to get tested."

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