The Scott County Health Department confirmed its 6th case of Covid-19 on Thursday in a county resident. 

The person is in quarantine at their residence. 

According to SCHD, the patient said they did not leave home during their infectious period except to seek medical care. 

Officials aren’t sure how the patient was exposed to Covid-19. 

The county is working closely with the state health department to identify any close contacts of the patient who might have been exposed to ensure that appropriate precautions are taken in accordance with the latest CDC guidance. 

Symptoms of novel coronavirus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Like influenza, human coronavirus is most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing. 
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands.
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and
  • Rarely, fecal contamination

The best way to protect yourself from any respiratory illness, including the flue, is to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.