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Covid-19 diagnosed in Monroe County -- public health officials issue statement

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COVID-19 case identified in Monroe County

 

MONROE COUNTY –North Central Health District (NCHD) Epidemiologists confirmed one additional case of COVID-19 within the 13-county district. The most recent case involves a resident of Monroe County. The individual is currently hospitalized, and the source of exposure is unknown at this time.

NCHD serves people of all classes and economic status within Baldwin, Crawford, Hancock, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Macon-Bibb, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Twiggs, Washington and Wilkinson Counties.

NCHD is working to identify the individual’s source of exposure and any close contacts. People identified as having been potentially exposed will be contacted and be provided with information on self-quarantining and monitoring for respiratory symptoms.

NCHD has confirmed four total cases of COVID-19 throughout the 13-county district in Central Georgia. NCHD cases include:

  • Houston County: 1

  • Macon-Bibb County: 1

  • Monroe County: 1

  • Peach County: 1

    COVID-19 is spread by an infected person’s coughs and sneezes or close contact with an infected individual. Symptoms appear within two to 14 days after exposure and can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The best way to protect against COVID-19 is to practice germ prevention.

Older adults and people with existing medical conditions should take extra precautions to avoid coming into contact with anyone with is sick with any type of illness. These at-risk groups should avoid gatherings and crowded locations.
Healthcare facilities are working with the Georgia Public Health Laboratory and private labs to process tests. NCHD’s 13 county health departments do not offer testing at this time. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider before visiting the location. Testing equipment and medical supplies are limited, and COVID-19 testing is prioritized to the following groups:

  • persons 65 and older,

  • those with chronic, underlying health conditions,

  • those who live in a long-term care facility like an assisted living facility or nursing home

  • those serving on the front lines as a healthcare worker, first responder, long-term care facility staffer, or law enforcement officer.

    For more information about the COVID-19, including cases numbers and guidance, visit NCHD52.org/coronavirus, or use the Georgia COVID-19 Hotline by calling 844-442-2681 and follow NCHD on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Michael Hokanson, Public Information Officer/Risk Communicator

North Central Health District