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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN MADISON COUNTY PROVIDES COVID-19 UPDATE, ANNOUNCES FIRST CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES

April 01, 2020

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN MADISON COUNTY PROVIDES COVID-19 UPDATE, ANNOUNCES FIRST CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES 

 

MADISON, Fla.—Madison County received confirmation of its first two positive cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, today. The persons ill with the virus are a 23-year-old female and a 66-year-old female. Both are isolated and receiving care at home.

The Florida Department of Health in Madison County (DOH-Madison) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

As Madison sees its first confirmed cases, DOH-Madison Administrator Kimberly Allbritton emphasized the importance of mitigation practices in preventing the spread of the virus.

"The safety and health of Madison residents is our top priority" said Ms. Allbritton. "I encourage those over age 65 as well as those with underlying health conditions to remain at home. All residents are advised to practice social distancing and limit your movement to essential and necessary activities. Avoid traveling outside of your community, including trips to Georgia and other Florida counties. Following these strategies will work to help mitigate this contagious virus."

Social distancing measures that have included the closure of schools and recommendations to cancel gatherings of more than 10 individuals are two of the ways that health officials hope to prevent the speed of the virus’ spread in the state. Preventing the speed and spread of the virus would "flatten the curve" and prevent overwhelming the health care systems.

DOH-Madison has been monitoring COVID-19 since January and been in contact with Madison County Emergency Management and medical providers to prepare response activities in the event we were to see cases in Madison.

COVID-19 symptoms and treatment

The symptoms of COVID-19 can mirror illnesses such as influenza. Patients with COVID-19 typically display symptoms such as fever (100.4°F or higher), cough, and/or shortness of breath within 2 to 14 days of exposure to the virus. Approximately 80% of those affected with COVID-19 report mild to moderate illness and experience a complete recovery. Some experience more severe illness. People who are more vulnerable to the illness include individuals who are over age 65 with underlying health conditions, immunocompromised, ill or have underlying chronic health conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes.

If you are experiencing symptoms or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, call your health care provider. It is important to call ahead before visiting your health care provider. Offices must take proper steps to avoid further spread of COVID-19 when a concerned patient arrives for a medical evaluation. If you do not have a health care provider or health insurance, call Madison Medical Center at 850-948-2840 or DOH-Madison 850-973-5000 to determine if you meet the criteria for testing. Assistance with the steps outlined above may be obtained by calling our coronavirus information line at 850-973-5000, option 1.

Many cases of COVID-19 can be managed at home by treating symptoms, and this is encouraged. However, if you develop worsening symptoms, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, or inability to drink fluids, contact 911 and advise them of your symptoms as you may need treatment at a hospital.

For more guidance

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/ and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Local Call Center Available 24/7

Individuals can call DOH-Madison’s COVID-19 call center 24/7 at 850-973-5000, option 1 for general questions about the virus. Individuals can also continue to contact the statewide COVID-19 hotline 24/7 at 866-779-6121 or COVID-19@flhealth.gov. Health care providers should continue to call DOH epidemiology staff if they have questions regarding testing.

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