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Health officials urge precautions for holiday weekend as COVID-19 cases rise

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QUINCY (WGEM) — The Adams County Health Department reported six news test-positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and urged residents to avoid large groups and to use personal protective equipment (PPE) during the July 4th weekend.

The number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Adams County on Thursday was at 98 with 54 of those cases being active. 8,792 tests had come back negative.

Adams County health officials stated the county continues to observe a spike in cases and ongoing community-level spread and advised that the spread of COVID-19 disease is probable when safety measures are disregarded.  

Officials stated this is especially true the larger group sizes become.  During the 4th of July as individuals may find opportunities to celebrate in larger groups.

"It is likely individuals attending larger gatherings can be exposed to COVID-19.  While Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan does allow opportunities for larger gatherings, the goal remains to keep individuals socially distanced, using safety precautions such as masks and hand sanitizer, and to keep individual groups small and separated. Where these measures cannot be followed, it is recommended that event organizers postpone their event and/or that individuals not attend.  Further, we are noting a surge in cases nationally where precautions have been reduced, and areas where progress toward a safe reopening has stalled.  "

Adams County Health Department

In addition, health officials urged businesses to continue to protect their staff and visitors fully by enforcing previously outlined safety measures, including social distancing of individuals, seating areas, and bar standing areas.

Officials also urged face-covering compliance to be emphasized in business and organizational settings.

"As community-level spread remains a risk, employees and patrons can be kept safe by following these simple measures.  As a business, if you have questions regarding recommended safety measures, please contact the Health Department and we will gladly consult with you.  As a patron or employee in these settings, we also encourage you to discuss your concerns or recommendation with the ownership or the management so they are able to improve their processes."

Adams County Health Department

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Jim Roberts

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