The Scott County Health Department, unfortunately, received documentation on Tuesday that the county has recorded its third death due to novel coronavirus.
The patient had pre-existing health conditions which put them in a high-risk category for complications.
The patient had been quarantining at their residence, where they passed.
Local health officer, Dr. R. Kevin Rogers, states “We send condolences to the family and friends of the one who passed. This is a stark reminder of the severity of this disease. We as a community must listen to the guidance of the experts and practice all the ways to not spread this disease including wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. We all must protect those who are most vulnerable.”
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) symptoms of novel coronavirus include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.
Like influenza, human coronaviruses 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 flu, 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.
For additional information about novel coronavirus, visit coronavirus.in.gov