Health Department reports first Troup County COVID-19 instance

Published 6:53 pm Monday, March 16, 2020

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The first case of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, has been confirmed in Troup County.

A Sunday night news 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 news release said. “The household members of the positive case are self-quarantined and in contact with health officials for further instructions.”

WellStar, as a whole, has confirmed it is treating patients diagnosed with COVID-19.

The hospital system released a statement on Monday in response to the first coronavirus case in Troup County being confirmed.

“WellStar can confirm that we are treating patients diagnosed with COVID -19. Out of respect for our patients and privacy laws, we cannot comment on the specifics regarding location or the condition of patients, we can confirm we are following the protocols and recommendations set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health authorities – including informing state officials and isolating the patients,” the statement said. “Out of an abundance of caution, we are also following CDC guidelines for testing our staff. We echo the sentiment and statements made by others, including Gov.Kemp, and encourage Georgians to stay vigilant, stay calm, and utilize best health practices outlined by the CDC to help mitigate health risks. Our hospitals remain open for other patients thanks to the work of our team members.”

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 121 total cases in Georgia as of noon Monday and one death. 

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.