Vernal, UT September 9, 2020 – TriCounty Health Department (TCHD) announced today the first resident in Daggett County with COVID-19. Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the tri-county area has seen 223 positive COVID-19 cases to date.
The patient is a female between the ages of 25 and 44. TCHD believes this case is a result of community-acquired transmission.
“When talking about community-acquired, we simply mean that through our investigation we are unable to link this case to any other confirmed positives,” TriCounty Health Officer, Jordan Mathis, explained.
TCHD reminds the public to wear a mask whenever in public and use caution when recreating, attending events, public gatherings, shopping or any activity where it is difficult to maintain a physical distance of six feet from members of other households.
TCHD is currently notifying appropriate locations and individuals of potential exposure. TCHD is instructing those with potential exposure to this case to quarantine at home. Local public health employees will monitor those in quarantine for symptoms. Symptoms may include cough, fever over 100° F, or shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches and chills. TCHD recommends anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested.
Follow guidelines for quarantine if you are asked to quarantine. This will lower risk of exposure to other individuals. Quarantine at home means individuals should not leave home for ANY reason, except when advised by their health care provider to seek medical care in person. They should not go to work, school, or any public place, including stores, theatres, restaurants, or any other retail establishment. They should not visit family or friends or have any visitors at home.
If a potentially affected household notices symptoms in anyone in their home, they should isolate the ill person away from the other members of the household and contact a health care provider via telephone. Do not seek medical care in person without first contacting the facility in advance to receive instructions.
Find more information on COVID-19 in the tri-county area at tricountyhealth.com and follow TCHD on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for up-to-date information.
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