Troup County has first case of coronavirus

Published 8:06 pm Sunday, March 15, 2020

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The first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Troup County.

A Sunday night press release from the District 4 Public Health confirmed the case. The person’s age and gender were not released, but District 4 Public Health Public Information Officer Hayla Folden said the person is hospitalized. Their condition is unknown.

“Health officials are taking measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the general public by identifying and contacting the individuals who may have had contact with the Troup County resident who tested positive,” the press release said. “The household members of the positive case are self- quarantined and in contact with health officials for further instructions.”

There have been 12 total cases in the District 4 Public Health coverage area, which includes Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup and Union Counties.

Statewide numbers are being reported every day at noon. There were 99 total cases in Georgia as of noon Sunday and one death. The Troup County case is not included in that statewide total.

District 4 Public Health recommends taking the following precautions to stop the spread of coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.