Today, the Tucker County Health Department (TCHD) was notified of 1 additional COVID-19 positive case of a Tucker County resident. This case has not been linked to any previous cases at this time. TCHD is investigating the case and has quarantined individuals who have been identified as close contacts according to CDC protocol. The additional positive case currently brings Tucker County’s total up to 50 confirmed positive cases since the beginning of this pandemic. Currently, we have 8 active cases and 42 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.”
One question we get a lot is…
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.
WE NEED TO TAKE ALL THE PRECAUTIONS WE CAN TO SLOW THE SPREAD, REDUCE ILLNESS AND SAVE LIVES!