The Moultrie County Health Department (MCHD) announces their sixth and seventh confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19). The patients are a male and a female in their 70s who are hospitalized. Public health officials are contacting and verifying all close contacts.
To date, 116 Moultrie County residents have been tested for COVID-19. Of those tests, 107 tests were negative for coronavirus, and two are still pending.
As the spread of this virus continues, the MCHD cautions all individuals to consider themselves at risk for exposure.
“As stay at home restrictions begin to relax within our communities and state-to-state, it is important to remember that hand washing, keeping a physical distance of six feet from others, avoiding large crowds, wearing a mask in public and isolating yourself from others while you are ill are still the best ways to protect yourself, your family and to help stop the spread of this virus,” said Angela Hogan, Administrator for the Moultrie County Health Department.
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.