4th case of COVID-19 confirmed in Victoria County

The Victoria County Public Health Department has identified the 4th positive case of novel coronavirus, COVID-19. A Victoria County male in his 30’s in isolation in his home, is being monitored by Victoria County Public Health Department (VCPHD) staff. VCPHD is also monitoring the patient’s contacts, setting up any needed tests, and working to identify any contacts who may have been exposed while they were infectious. Anyone found to have had close contact to this patient will be contacted directly by VCPHD staff.

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness for COVID-19 cases. Symptoms of fever, cough and/or shortness of breath may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

· Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

· Stay home when you are sick.

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

· Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

· Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.

· Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

By working together, we can try to slow down the transmission of the spread of COVID-19. If you feel sick and believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your health care provider (call before going), describe your symptoms, and travel history or contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. While VCPHD understands residents may be concerned, information so far suggests that most people who have become infected with COVID-19 only experience mild to moderate symptoms and fully recover. People at higher risk for serious complications are the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. VCPHD does not recommend that healthy individuals wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. Residents should only wear a mask if recommended by a healthcare professional.

MARCH 28TH, 2020 COVID-19 HOTLINE: 361-580-5796

(Information from the Victoria County Public Health Department Press Release)