The Moultrie County Health Department (MCHD) announces their eighth and ninth confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19). The patients are both females who are isolated at home. One patient is in her 20s and one is in her 50s. The cases are unrelated to one another. Public health officials are contacting and verifying all close contacts.
To date, 196 Moultrie County residents have been tested for COVID-19. Of those tests, 186 tests were negative for coronavirus, and one is still pending.
As communities open, the spread of this virus will continue. The MCHD cautions all individuals to consider themselves at risk for exposure.
“Remember that hand washing, keeping a physical distance of six feet from others, avoiding large gatherings, keeping children at home and bypassing nonessential trips into the public are still the best ways to protect you and your family,” said Angela Hogan, Administrator for the Moultrie County Health Department. “To protect others and help contain the spread of COVID-19, wear a mask when going out into the public and stay home when you are ill.”
Symptoms associated with COVID-19 include fever, fatigue, a dry cough, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and loss of smell or taste. Individuals should immediately seek medical attention if experiencing difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, confusion, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, or a bluish color in the lips or face.
If an individual is ill with symptoms associated with coronavirus and needs medical or emergency care, they should notify their physician or emergency medical service providers of their symptoms prior to arrival.
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