DOH-Suwannee Reports That The Number Of COVID-19 Cases In County Has Reached 3150

Staff Reporter

LIVE OAK, FL — The Florida Department of Health in Suwannee County has announced that there are some new cases of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the total number of cases up to 3150. Their statement reads as follows:

 
"Suwannee County received confirmation of the three thousand one hundred forty-third to three thousand one hundred fiftieth new cases of the novel coronavirus, today (11/18/20). The youngest is a 13-year-old female and the oldest is a 72-year-old female.

The Florida Department of Health in Suwannee County (DOH-Suwannee) 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 Suwannee County continues to see confirmed cases, DOH-Suwannee 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.' Waldron emphasized it is imperative to limit unnecessary trips and remain at home.

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

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.

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