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Taylor County reports first COVID-19 case

Story By WJFW Staff
Local News Published 05/20/2020 12:44PM
Taylor County - Taylor County Public Health Department is confirming Wednesday that a person has tested positive for COVID-19.

The person had contact with a positive case from a county in Northern Wisconsin. The individual has been self-quarantined at home with health department staff contacting them daily to monitor for symptoms. County health officials are working to determine if any other individuals may have become infected and will be contacting individuals in the who have come in close contact with the patient.

Health Officer Patty Krug said anyone who will have had close contact with this individual will be required to quarantine in their home for the next fourteen days. Taylor County Health Department will be checking daily with individuals who are quarantined.

To stop the spread of COVID19 in the community, the Health Department encourages people to follow these recommendations:

Avoid close contact with others and practice physical distancing:
•Consider avoiding mass gatherings (more than 50 people).
•Stay at least 6 feet away from other people, when possible.
•If you can't social distance, consider wearing a face mask
•Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

Practice good hand hygiene:
•Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
•Avoid touching your face, eyes, and mouth when in public.

If you start to feel sick:
•If you become sick, stay home.
•Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
•Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (for example, tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles).

"If you develop a cough, fever, or shortness of breath or other respiratory symptoms, stay home and contact your healthcare provider for instructions before going to a clinic," said Krug. "Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you think you may have COVID-19, you should call the clinic or hospital before going. Please do not call 9-1-1; this should be reserved for those needing critical emergency attention."
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