Local prison reports third positive COVID-19 case

GALESBURG, Ill. (NEWS3) — A local correctional facility is reporting another confirmed case of an inmate contracting coronavirus.

The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) reported a third inmate at Hill Correctional Center in Galesburg tested positive for the virus, according to the IDOC’s website.

The Knox County Health Department said the inmate is a man in his 50s.

This comes days after two other inmates, a man in his 30s and another in their 60s, were confirmed with the disease.

“The Knox County Health Department continues to follow all protocols established by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in managing cases”, Knox County Public Health Administrator Michele Gabriel said. “And when applicable supports other agencies locally and at the State level to complete case investigation.”

Knox County is now reporting four positive coronavirus cases.

Below are current COVID-19 test results in surrounding counties around the NEWS3 viewing area:

  • McDonough County: 3 positive, 58 negative, 8 pending
  • Schuyler County: 1 positive, 16 negative 2 pending
  • Hancock County: 3 positive, 31 negative, 18 pending
  • Warren County: 3 positive, 15 negative, 0 pending
  • Fulton County: 1 positive, 46 negative, 3 pending
  • Knox County: 4 positive, 120 negative, 17 pending
  • Adams County: 29 positive, 349 negative, 46 pending

Hill Correctional Center is one of eight IDOC facilities with confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The medium-security adult male prison is currently on lockdown, which means there is no movement around the facility except for medical care.

IDOC’s website does not currently show any staff members have tested positive with the virus at the local prison. The facility has a population of more than 1,600.