Third positive COVID-19 case in Marion County

The third positive case COVID-19has been announced in Marion County by the Marion County Health Department.

The case involves a female between the ages of 55-64. The Marion County Health Department is identifying and contacting those individuals whom were exposed. Close contact is defined as being within six feet for 10 minutes or longer. The Marion County Health Department will be monitoring close contacts for fever and respiratory symptoms. No further information about the patient will be released.

“I cannot stress the importance of social distancing and infection control measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said Diedre Serene, Marion County Health Department Administrator.

The Health Department reminds everyone that social distancing is defined as follows: 1) At the individual level this means maintaining at least six-foot social distancing from other individuals. 2) At the group level this means following the mass gathering orders.

They define infection control measures as follows: 1) Washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible OR use a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 2) Covering coughs / sneezes into the sleeve / inner elbow and not hands or openly into the space around you. 3) Regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces and not shaking hands.

The Marion County Officials continue to collaborate daily with state and local partners to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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