Record high of COVID-19 cases reported in Warren County

(NEWS3) — Days after one west-central Illinois county reported 10 new cases of coronavirus, the county is now announcing its highest number of cases in a day.

Warren County Health Department reported 13 new cases Thursday. These new cases include:

  • 4 females between the ages of 20-40
  • 2 females between the ages of 40-60
  • 2 males between the ages of 20-40
  • 5 males between the ages of 40-60

This news comes days after Warren County announced 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The county is now up to 32 cases. There have been 45 negative tests in Warren County. Since Saturday, there have been an additional 28 cases in the county.

It is unknown if any of the recent cases are linked to an investigation into Smithfield Foods in Monmouth where three employees tested positive at the plant. Warren County Health Department has not released any new information surrounding the investigation into the pork-producing company.

Health officials said they are working to investigate and monitor who was in contact with those who have the virus.

Coronavirus cases are also continuing to increase in Knox County. Health officials announced six new cases Wednesday. These new cases include:

  • 1 male in his 60s
  • 1 male in his 50s
  •  1 female in her 50s
  • 1 male in his 40s
  • 2 females in their 20s

Knox County now has 18 positive COVID-19 cases. These cases have come from four inmates at Hill Correctional Center in Galesburg and 13 residents in the community. The county currently has 76 pending and 165 negative tests.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 36,934 coronavirus cases Thursday, including 1,688 deaths, in 96 counties. The state saw 1,826 new cases and 123 additional deaths Thursday.

For the latest information on COVID-19 and how to protect yourself, you can go to the CDC’s website at cdc.gov or the IDPH’s website at dph.illinois.gov.