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Health officials confirm Knox County’s first coronavirus case


KNOX COUNTY (HOI) - Knox County has its first confirmed case of the coronavirus.

The Knox County Health Department sent out a news release Friday night saying the patient is a man in his 50's, but the agency is not releasing other information.

"Federal privacy restrictions prohibit the release of any additional information regarding this case," the news release said.

However, the health department is holding a news conference Saturday at 10 a.m. at Galesburg City Hall.

The health department said it is following all of the Centers for Disease Control and Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines, and is taking all necessary precautions.

"The staff is working to identify, investigate, and actively monitor individuals who were in close contact with the patient,” said Michele Gabriel, the public health administrator of the Knox County Health Department.

“We understand this development causes heightened concern; however, the health and safety of our residents is our highest priority.” Gabriel said in a prepared statement.

"Residents are encouraged to be vigilant and continue to take preventative actions to prevent the spread of illness. Everyone has a role to play in staying healthy and keeping others healthy. Remember the 3 C’s – clean, cover, contain," the news release said.

Saturday's news conference will be closed to the public; however, residents can participate by watching remotely on Public Comcast Channel 7 or online through the City of Galesburg’s website

Knox County's first coronavirus case is the 30th in our viewing area. Earlier Friday evening, McLean County reported its 10th COVID-19 case, a woman in her 80's being treated in a hospital's intensive care unit

Howard Packowitz

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