Updated: Jun 21
Knox County, IL- The Knox County Unified Command is announcing six (6) new cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), between Tuesday, February 23, 2021 through Thursday, February 25, 2021, bringing the total positive cases to 5,061. The new positive cases include 4 females and 2 males. Due to federal privacy restriction, release of any additional information is prohibited. In every effort to reduce the risk of additional transmission, local public health officials are working to identify and actively monitor individuals who were in direct contact with these individuals. One of the previous cases reported was a duplicate case and one was transferred to their county of residence. Positive cases have been identified geographically throughout Knox County; with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reporting 63.9% of all Knox County cases residing in Galesburg, 8.1% in Knoxville, 6.0% in Abingdon, 2.0% in Dahinda, 2.1% in Yates City, 1.9% in Williamsfield, 1.9% in Wataga, 1.9% in Oneida, 1.3% in East Galesburg, 1.3% in Gilson, 1.3% in Maquon, 0.9% in Rio, 0.9% in Altona, 0.9% in Victoria, 0.5% in Henderson, 0.4% in Saint Augustine and 4.7% in the remaining areas of the County. According to IDPH, data shown is >5 cases per zip code which is consistent with Collection, Disclosure, and Confidentiality of Health Statistics (77 Ill. Adm. Code 1005). It should be assumed that COVID-19 exposure can occur in every county in IL. Zip code is zip code of residence, which may not be the location of exposure. The Knox County Health Department in conjunction with the State of Illinois will be holding Free COVID-19 Testing, Wednesday, March 3rd from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Northwoods Church, 940 W. Fremont St., Galesburg, IL drive-thru or walk up. It is open to all Illinois residents, regardless of symptoms. Please bring your identification. At the drive-thru testing, staff will be practicing masking and social distancing throughout the event, and all individuals are being asked to wear face coverings as well. COVID-19 testing is also available at the Knox Community Health Center and is open to anyone, regardless of symptoms or other criteria, please call the Knox Community Health Center at 309-344-2225 to schedule an appointment. Call early as same day appointments are often available. Credible sources for information about COVID-19 include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov and Illinois Department of Public Health www.dph.illinois.gov. The following webpage, http://gis.ci.galesburg.il.us/COVID, is the official source of information on COVID-19 numbers for Knox County. For general questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call your Knox County Health Department at 309-344-2224 or email email@example.com.