Baker County has been notified of three new confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the county. The Baker County Health Department is working on case investigation and contact tracing for each of the new cases. Baker County now has a total of 4 cases.
Baker County Public Health Officer Dr. Lamb says, “While additional cases were not unexpected, this is a good reminder to isolate yourself at home if you become sick with a fever or cough to help prevent the spread of illness. If you are not sick you can still help prevent the spread by practicing social distancing, wearing a mask or face shield, and good hand hygiene. Following these guidelines helps protect the whole community.”
The Baker County Health Department is using their contract tracing team to identify anyone who may have come in close contact with the individuals who tested positive in the last 14 days. If you are identified as someone who was a close contact and may be at risk for COVID-19, you will be notified. Please support the Health Department’s contact tracing efforts by having voicemail available in the event you cannot answer. As required by law, the Health Department protects individual privacy while investigating cases.
Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 is asked to isolate at home for 14 days to prevent spread of the illness to other people in the community. With the public health investigation ongoing, you can reduce your risk of contracting the virus by wearing face coverings in public, maintaining 6 feet of distance between yourself and others, and washing your hands regularly. People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your healthcare provider before going in to make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding the spread of the illness to others. Signs of COVID-19 include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. For a full list of symptoms and when to seek emergency medical attention visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.