HOUSTON COUNTY, Ga. — Update: According to officials at Robins AFB, the patient who tested positive does NOT work on base.
The North Central Health District has confirmed the first case of coronavirus in Central Georgia.
They identified the person as a resident of Houston County.
They say the individual has travel history to an area of the United States where COVID-19 has active community spread.
They also say the individual is not hospitalized now, and is isolated at home to keep the illness from spreading.
The health district is now working to identify any contacts that may have been exposed. Anyone identified as being potentially exposed will be contacted by an epidemiologist and monitored.
The best way to protect against COVID-19 is to practice germ prevention:
• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water a not available, us an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
• Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth with unwashed hands. • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then dispose of the tissue. If a tissue is not available, use the inside of your elbow to cover yourself.
• Regularly clean and disinfect high-touch objects and surfaces.
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.
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