Knox Co. reports first confirmed case of COVID-19

KNOX CO., Ill. (NEWS3) — Knox County health officials reported its first confirmed case of the coronavirus in the area.

Authorities announced the positive case is a man in his 50’s. Due to federal privacy restrictions, only limited information is being released.

Health officials said at a news conference Saturday, the man is recovering at a local hospital.

“The Knox County Health Department is currently following all guidelines set forth by the CDC and IDPH and taking all necessary precautions with this case,” officials said. “Staff are working to identify, investigate and working to identify all individuals who were in close contact with the patient.”

Knox County authorities last reported Wednesday 21 people had tested for the coronavirus. Results showed 13 of those tests were negative and eight were still pending.

“While we have been working to contain the spread of this disease, we expect to see cases here,” health officials said. “The unified command is not surprised or panicked with this news.”

The number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois stands at 3,026 and 34 deaths. No confirmed cases have been reported in McDonough, Schuyler or Warren counties. McDonough and Schuyler County Health Department have not said how many people have been tested.