The Scott County Health Department reported its second case in the county this morning.
The patient is currently in quarantine at their residence, according to the press release.
The patient’s symptoms started around March 18 and were notified of a positive test result today, April 1.
SCHD Public Health Nurses have identified all other close contacts of the patient who might have been exposed and ensured that appropriate precautions have been taken in accordance with the latest CDC guidance.
“We have been in contact with the patient’s employer and they are contacting those who may have been exposed,” the release pointed out. “All lose contacts will be required to be on home quarantine. The patient reported going to Scottsburg Jay-C store on the afternoon of March 18. We still believe the overall risk to the public is low.”
Scott County Health Officer Dr. R. Kevin Rogers said, “It was only a matter of time before we had another confirmed case of coronavirus in our country.”
Rogers said “We know that there are many more caes in our county, but due to the lack of testing we cannot confirm that. That is why we strongly recommend if you are ill to stay at home and away from others.”
Symptoms of Covid-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Like the flu, human coronavirus is most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:
- Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing or 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 is to wash your hands for at least 10 seconds with soap and water, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay home when you are sick, cover your cough or sneeze and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.