The Tucker County Health Department (TCHD) was notified of 3 additional COVID-19 positive cases of a Tucker County residents. Two of today’s cases have not been linked to any previous cases at this time and one is a household contact of a previously identified positive case. TCHD is investigating the cases and has quarantined individuals who have been identified as close contacts according to CDC protocol. Yesterday’s positive case and one of today’s positive cases are connected to Tucker County Schools. However, the two cases have not been connected to each other at this time. Once again, close contacts are being contacted and quarantined according to protocol. The additional positive cases currently bring Tucker County’s total up to 58 confirmed positive cases since the beginning of this pandemic. Currently, we have 9 active cases and 49 that have recovered.
Regardless of our color on a map, currently we are seeing many active COVID cases in Tucker County. There has never been a more important time for us to be careful. Please take extra precautions and protect yourself, your family and your neighbors and follow these precautions.
– Wear face coverings.
-Do not shake hands or hug others
-Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces
-Maintain a 6-foot distance between you and other people
-Avoid touching your face.
-Avoid exposure to others who are sick.
-Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Another important note, “Don’t think that your symptoms are only allergies and dismiss it as non-COVID-19 symptoms. Many people who are positive for COVID-19 may not have a fever, but have congestion, headache, cough, or other symptoms. When in doubt, contact your health provider and get tested.”
Remember, if you are a close contact and your test comes back negative, do you still need to quarantine for 14 days after being last exposed?
YES, YOU MUST SELF-QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS SINCE LAST EXPOSURE. It can take up to 14 days after exposure to the virus for a person to develop COVID-19 symptoms. A negative result before end of the 14-day quarantine period does not rule out possible infection. By self-quarantining for 14 days, you lower the chance of possibly exposing others to COVID-19.