The Scott County Health Department confirmed the county’s second and third Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases today. Both patients are quarantining at their respective residences.
The second patient’s symptoms started on Wednesday, March 18, and the patient received notification of a positive test today. The second patient reported visiting Jay-C Food Store in Scottsburg during the afternoon hours of March 18. The patient’s employer and any of the patient’s close contacts received notification of the positive result, the SCHD said in a press release today.
The third patient was tested on March 30 and was notified of a positive result today. The patient does not work and only left their residence in the last 14 days to receive medical care, SCHD said in a press release. The patient is in the highest risk category for age and close contacts received notification of the positive test result, SCHD said.
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 SCHD reminds 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.