266 new COVID cases in last week in Knox County

Coronavirus cases continue to soar in Knox County into the new year.

Data released by the Knox County Unified Command Tuesday shows that in the last week, Tuesday, December 29, through Monday, January 4, 266 new cases of COVID were confirmed, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 4,273.

The health department did not release case numbers per age range but they do divulge that positive cases include 111 females and 155 males. 64 percent of all Knox County cases came from residents of Galesburg.

The Illinois Department of Public Health’s online dashboard shows that as of Tuesday, 107 people’s deaths have been attributed in some factor to the novel virus.

Health officials are urging all residents, for the health and safety of our community, to continue wearing face-coverings, practice social distancing, and stay home when you are ill.

Testing is critical to isolating potential cases, so the health department is holding another free COVID-19 testing event on Saturday, January 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at The Knox County Fairgrounds. It is open to all Illinois residents, regardless of symptoms. Identification is required.

COVID-19 testing is available at the Knox Community Health Center, regardless of symptoms or other criteria, please call the Knox Community Health Center at 309-344-2225 to schedule an appointment.

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