As of Friday, March 20, the first case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Scott County, according to a press release by the Scott County Health Department. The individual was placed in quarantine at his or her residence.
The county is working closely with the Indiana State Department of Health to assure that proper precautions are being put into place to limit and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“We are taking every step possible to identify the cause of the individual’s illness and ensure that the patient and our community stays healthy,” Scott County Health Officer Dr. R. Kevin Rogers said in the press release.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) has the following symptoms: a fever, cough and shortness of breath. COVID-19 can be spread through close personal contact (within six feet) as respiratory droplets are produced when an infected person coughs and sneezes, touching contaminated objects and then touching one’s mouth, nose or eyes, according to information provided to the public by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Scott County Health Department reminded people to wash their hands, to cover their sneeze and cough, to throw away used tissues, to avoid touching their faces, to avoid going out if they are sick and to regularly clean/disinfect objects that are frequently used. The CDC said people should wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, which contains at least 60 percent alcohol, if soap and water are not available.