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Health department urges increased caution as COVID-19 cases continue to grow

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The Health Department urges increased caution, amid a growing surge of COVID-19 cases in Adams County.

Officials said it's time to crack down on precautions, so the county doesn't take a step back.

The parks in Quincy are deserted.

The Quincy Park District removed all basketball hoops, to limit gatherings in parks.

The Adams County Health Department sent out letters to all restaurants, bars, and churches.

It's a plea for the community to follow the guidelines.

"We are seeing a significant surge," Adams County Public Health Administrator Jerrod Welch said. "We are seeing critically ill individuals. We're seeing younger people that are ill at times. It is a health issue and you have to be cognizant of that."

At Sprouts Inn, waitress Klancy Everle said they take the guidelines seriously.

"We are doing disposable menus now, we are obviously wearing masks, we are still doing curbside for delivery or pickup and we are closed Mondays for sanitation and cleaning," Everle said.

She said beyond trying to keep everyone healthy, they follow the guidelines so they don't face another closure.

She urges all businesses to do the same.

"Just cooperate," Everle said. "Do what we have to do to stay open. All small businesses have been affected greatly and we want to stay open."

Welch said if the health issue isn't enough for you to wear a mask, social distance, and stay away from large gatherings, think about the economic impact.

"It really is up to individual behaviors of our citizens and our businesses to make sure they're pointing us in the right direction," Welch said.

He said the community has seen what can happen if cases continue to rise.

He urges all citizens and businesses to take it upon themselves to make sure the community moves forward and not back.

"We hope that these efforts continue to push back COVID-19 on the disease here and that we can get some control of this as a community," Welch said.

Welch said that businesses in the county have already faced mandates and a stay at home order.

He said if things don't change, the county could soon face those again.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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