DOH-Lafayette Reports Number Of COVID-19 Cases In County Is Now 1294

Staff Reporter

MAYO, FL — The Florida Department of Health in Lafayette County has announced that there are now 1294 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county. Their statement reads as follows:

"Lafayette County received confirmation of its one thousand two hundred ninety-third to one thousand two hundred ninety-fourth positive cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, today (11/18/20). The youngest is a 17-year-old female and the oldest is a 34-year-old male.

The Florida Department of Health in Lafayette County (DOH-Lafayette) is now 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.

As Lafayette County sees increasing confirmed case, DOH-Lafayette Administrator Mr. Kerry S. Waldron emphasized the importance of mitigation practices in preventing the spread of the virus.

'If we work together using smart mitigation practices, we can reduce COVID-19’s impact on our community,' Waldron said. 'We must practice social distancing, stay home when sick, frequently wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes, and follow CDC prevention guidelines to stop the spread of the virus.'

Social distancing measures that have included the closure of schools and recommendations to cancel gatherings of more than 10 individuals are two of the ways that health officials hope to prevent the speed of the virus’ spread in the state. Preventing the speed and spread of the virus would 'flatten the curve' and prevent the overwhelming of our health care systems. 

DOH-Lafayette has been monitoring COVID-19 since January and been in contact with Lafayette County Emergency Management and medical providers to prepare response activities in the event we were to see cases in Lafayette.

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). COVID-19 is believed to have emerged from an animal source and is now capable of spreading from person-to-person. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.

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.

Local 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

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @HealthyFla. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov."

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