Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Baker County today, bringing the total case count for the county to 15. The Baker County Health Department is conducting case investigation and contract tracing to identify anyone who may have come in close contact with these individuals 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. Anyone identified as a close contact of the individual who tests positive will be asked to quarantine to avoid exposing others
to the virus.
Baker County was added to the state watch list for COVID-19 cases last week, which does not change any of the current restrictions on businesses or gatherings, but does mean case trends are being closely monitored for signs that additional resources or actions may be needed. As cases continue to increase in the county and surrounding areas, protect yourself as well as your friends, neighbors and community 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.