Nine COVID-19 cases confirmed in Spalding County

STAFF REPORT :::

The Department of Public Health is now reporting there are nine confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Spalding County.

The most recent update of the DPH daily status report at noon listed five cases.

These nine contribute to a total of 184 confirmed cases in DPH District 4, which includes Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup and Upson counties.

Officials early this afternoon reported the first three confirmed cases in Pike County.

With additional testing taking place, there will continue to be more positive cases reported, and authorities say confirmation of cases in Spalding County does not change public health recommendations for all residents.

All Georgians play a critical role in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 by adhering to the following guidance:

Practice social distancing by putting at least 6 feet between yourself and other people.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Stay home if you are sick.

Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water.

Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Health officials are taking measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the generalpublic by identifying and contacting the individuals who may have had contact with the Spalding County residents who tested positive. The household members of the positive cases are self-quarantined and in contact with health officials for further instructions.

Federal and state health officials say people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 do not need to be tested. Additionally, most people who are mildly or moderately ill with cold-like symptoms do not need to be tested.

Most people with COVID-19 can safely recover at home with self-isolation and symptomatic treatment. Diagnosis through laboratory testing does not change the care that they would receive.

Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 and should always consult their health care provider if they are sick.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued revised guidance on COVID-19 recovery. The most important step in containing COVID-19 is that people who are sick with mild respiratory symptoms – fever and cough – should stay home and isolate themselves from others for at least seven days after their symptoms began or 72 hours after their fever has resolved and symptoms have improved. If you have been exposed to an individual with COVID-19, you must self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.

Correctly washing your hands and maintaining social distance by avoiding large gatherings and close contact with people who are sick are two of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For accurate and reliable information about COVID-19 log on to https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

A daily status report page for confirmed COVID-19 cases in Georgia is available. The report updates each day at noon and 7 p.m. to ensure accurate and regular information is provided to the public. The new tool can be found on the Georgia Department of Public Health website.

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