DOH-Hamilton Announces 10th & 11th Deaths In Previously Reported COVID-19 Cases

Staff Reporter
JASPER, FL -- The Florida Department of Health in Hamilton County has announced that 2 more people in the county who had previously been diagnosed with COVID-19 have died.  Their statement reads as follows:
 
"The Department of Health in Hamilton County received confirmation of two new COVID-19 related deaths. The Hamilton County residents, a 77-year-old male and an 81-year-old female have passed away after contracting COVID-19. This brings the total deaths linked to COVID-19 in Hamilton County to 11.
'Our deepest condolences go out to the family and loved ones of these individuals who are no longer with us,' said Florida Department of Health in Hamilton County Administrator Thomas Moffses. 'We are saddened to learn of the passing and the loss to our community.'
As of 9:25 a.m., Wednesday October 28, 2020, Hamilton County has 903 total COVID-19 cases, in which 371 cases (41% of all cases) are linked to the correctional institutions in Hamilton County and 27 cases (3% of all cases) are long-term care facilities. Information is also provided by the Florida Department of Corrections on their COVID-19 webpage, located at: http://www.dc.state.fl.us/comm/covid-19.html.
The individuals confirmed to have the virus range in age from 0 to 91, with median age of 40; 626 are from Jasper, 163 are from Jennings, 105 are from White Springs, 8 are non-Florida residents, and 1 is being reclassified. For more detailed information, including zip code level data of all Hamilton cases, view Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard.
DOH-Hamilton is conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.
COVID-19 symptoms and treatment
The symptoms of COVID-19 can mirror illnesses such as influenza. Patients with COVID-19 typically display symptoms such as fever (100.4°F or higher), cough, and/or shortness of breath within 2 to 14 days of exposure to the virus. Approximately 80% of those affected with COVID-19 report mild to moderate illness and experience a complete recovery. Some experience more severe illness. People who are more vulnerable to the illness include individuals who are over age 65 with underlying health conditions, immunocompromised, ill or have underlying chronic health conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes.
Many cases of COVID-19 can be managed at home by treating symptoms, and this is encouraged. However, if you develop worsening symptoms, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, or inability to drink fluids, contact 911 and advise them of your symptoms as you may need treatment at a hospital.
COVID-19 overview, symptoms, and general prevention
COVID-19 is a new type of coronavirus; coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals. Other coronaviruses include the common cold and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from the COVID-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. As a reminder, the Department always recommends everyday preventive actions to help impede the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
• Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
• Staying home when you are sick and avoiding contact with persons in poor health;
• Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
• Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
• Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, 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; and
clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
For more guidance
For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/ and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
State Call Center Available 24/7
Individuals can call the statewide COVID-19 hotline 24/7 at 866-779-6121 or [email protected] Health care providers should continue to call DOH epidemiology staff if they have questions regarding testing.
About the Florida Department of Health
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