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Adams County Health Department issues COVID safety reminders as county fair kicks off

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- With coronavirus cases rising across the Tri-States and the Adams County Fair set to begin on Tuesday, the Adams County Health Department sent out a reminder for fair-goers Monday afternoon: enjoy the fair but do so safely.

The health department reported 82 new coronavirus cases on Monday, a sign the virus is not going away anytime soon.

"We can see that it is spreading in the community still and it will continue to spread," public information office Emily Andrews said.

Health officials are asking people to not attend the fair if they have been ill recently or are currently ill and also to consider testing if they suspect they've recently been exposed to COVID-19.

"I think that negative peace of mind really helps individuals to know they won't be able to spread COVID-19 if they're attending a large gathering," Andrews said.

She said those who still aren't vaccinated should take extra precautions.

"Individuals who are not vaccinated should maintain their social distance, if they're in a large crowd they can wear a mask," Andrews said.

Fair organizers said they've been in close contact with the health department and other agencies to make sure this year's fair is as safe as possible.

"We're looking forward to resuming our traditions but we want everyone to do it in a safe way and just have a wonderful time at the fair," fair board member Melissa Shriver-Hackamack said. "We've worked with the Adams County Health Department and the Adams County Emergency Management Agency to make sure that our fair could be opened and running this year in a safe way."

She said in addition to the prevention guidance, they're also ramping up the number of hand hygiene stations around the fairgrounds.

"We do want to be proactive, we're going to have additional handwashing stations around the fair facilities, a lot more handwashing stations, disinfecting stations just for out due diligence to keep people as safe as well as we can," Shriver-Hackamack said.

Andrews said the best way for people to protect themselves from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated.

She said the health department is offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations at the health department building Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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