Hancock County reports third confirmed COVID-19 case

HANCOCK CO., Ill. (NEWS3) — Health officials are reporting a third confirmed case of coronavirus in Hancock County.

The Hancock County Health Department (HCHD) said in a press release Wednesday morning a woman in her 20s to 30s tested positive and is at home recovering. She was not tested in Hancock County. Officials are investigating recent contact tracing to prevent more cases. Staff do not believe this case is connected to the county’s previous two cases.

HCHD’s first confirmed COVID-19 case was reported April 8 after a resident in their 20s to 30s tested positive. Its second case was Sunday for a person in their 70s to 80s. Official said both are recovering at home.

“HCHD and MH would like to remind the county to take all safety precautions seriously,” Hancock County Community Health Director Melita Finney said. “First and foremost follow Governor Pritzker’s stay at home mandate, with the exception of essential needs. Stay home if you are sick, wash your hands, cover your cough and sneezes, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, practice social distancing.”

Latest COVID-19 test results in surrounding counties around the NEWS3 viewing area:

  • McDonough County: 3 positive, 58 negative, 8 pending
  • Schuyler County: 1 positive, 15 negative 0 pending
  • Hancock County: 3 positive, 31 negative, 15 pending
  • Warren County: 2 positive, 15 negative, 0 pending
  • Fulton County: 1 positive, 37 negative, 3 pending
  • Knox County: 3 positive, 107 negative, 14 pending
  • Adams County: 28 positive, 329 negative, 24 pending

HCHD said in most cases, COVID-19 causes mild symptoms of fever, cough, and body aches. Some experience shortness of breath. Many have no symptoms at all. Older adults and those with chronic health problems like heart disease, diabetes and asthma are at greater risk of developing severe illness which may require hospitalization.

If you have any signs or symptoms such as fever, coughing or shortness of breath, health officials urge you to contact your primary care provider for instructions on what to do.