Troup County up to 17 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Published 4:18 pm Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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Troup County is up to 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to a press release from District 4 Public Health.

That’s an increase of 11 cases from the state’s noon update, which had Troup County at six cases.  The state reported 1,026 total cases during its noon update on Tuesday, including 32 deaths.

There are now 184 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in District 4, which covers 12 counties.

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Susie Hammock with District 4 Public Health said the numbers may not reflect in the state’s 7 p.m. update, as District 4 Public Health gets private lab results back faster than those numbers get to the state.

The Georgia Department of Public Health is recommending the following precaution to stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Practice social distancing by putting at least 6 feet between yourself and other people.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Health officials are taking measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the general public by identifying and contacting the individuals who may have had contact with the Troup County residents who tested positive. The household members of the positive cases are self- quarantined and in contact with Health officials for further instructions.

According to federal and state health officials, people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 do not need to be tested. Additionally, most people who are mildly or moderately ill with “cold-like” symptoms do not need to be tested. The majority of people with COVID-19 can safely recover at home with self-isolation and symptomatic treatment. Diagnosis through laboratory testing does not change the care that they would receive. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 and should always consult their healthcare provider if they are sick.

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