Lawrence County announces 12 New Cases

Friday, July 17, 2020

The Lawrence County Health Department has announced 12 new cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus), bringing the county’s total to 117: 70 active, 45 recovered, and 2 deaths.

All positive cases have been told to isolate at home from others and their close contacts told to quarantine for 14 days.

One of the cases worked while masked and symptomatic at Price Cutter in Aurora July 6-8 and July 10 from 5:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There is not a significant risk to the public, but those at this location should monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately: Trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face.

Everyone is urged to take preventive actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These actions include:

• Wear a mask out in public and/or at work. “You protect me, I protect you”.

• Avoid large, crowded social gatherings where social distancing is difficult to achieve.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with the crook of your arm, or in a tissue, then wash hands.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

• Stay home if you are sick.

Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19.

If anyone believes they have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms, call a health care provider for medical advice before showing up, use the CoxHealth virtual visit at https://www.coxhealth.com/services/virtualvisits/ or the Mercy free screening tool at https://www.mercy.net/covid19-screening.

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