Illinois records highest daily number of COVID-19 cases

MCDONOUGH CO., Ill (NEWS3) — The state of Illinois is reporting its biggest single-day increase of coronavirus cases since the outbreak began.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced more than 4,000 new cases Tuesday, including an additional 144 deaths.

State health officials said Illinois completed a new record amount of tests within the last 24 hours, with more than 29,200 tests completed

Although there are no new reported deaths in the NEWS3 viewing area, there are a number of additional cases.

McDonough County is reporting three new coronavirus cases.

McDonough County Health Department said the new cases includes:

  • 1 females in her 20s
  • 2 male in their 80s

The county is currently reporting 52 cases, 13 of which have recovered.

The health department has not reported any new cases since Saturday when a woman in her 40s tested positive. Health officials reported two new cases on Friday.  Last Tuesday, officials reported their second death related to coronavirus. Western Illinois University also announced Tuesday a student living on campus was confirmed with the virus and has since been relocated.

Authorities have reported four outbreaks at residential facilities within the county so far.

County health staff said protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been implemented and they are working to identify and actively monitor individuals who were in contact with the residents in an effort to reduce the risk of additional transmission.

Anyone experiencing unmanageable symptoms of coronavirus should call your primary healthcare provider or McDonough District Hospital’s nurse telephone hotline at 309-836-1715. The hotline operates from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

Warren County Health Department is reporting more coronavirus cases.

The two new cases includes:

  • 2 males between the ages of 40-60

The county is reporting 108 confirmed cases. Health officials said most of the patients have mild symptoms. The health department said they are working to identify, investigate and actively monitor individuals who were in close contact with the confirmed cases.

Knox County Emergency Management Agency said of the 80 positive COVID-19 cases in the county, 41 have recovered. The Knox County Health Department said they are conducting contract tracing and coordinates testing and isolation orders when needed.

Knox County launched a curbside coronavirus testing site last week for the public at the Knox Community Health Center on W. Fremont St. in Galesburg. Appointments can only be arranged Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or wish to be tested can schedule an appointment by calling the health center at 309-344-2225.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 83,021 total coronavirus cases Tuesday and 3,601 deaths. The state saw 4,014 new cases and 144 additional deaths Tuesday.

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.