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Florida Department of Health reports COVID-19 case in Jackson County

Posted at 7:54 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 20:01:29-04

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — The Florida Department of Health has reported Jackson County's first confirmed case of coronavirus.

According to FDOH's latest report, a 33-year-old man tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

Health officials say the case is travel-related but report he didn't have direct contact with a confirmed case. The man reportedly traveled to Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas and Mexico before testing positive.

He is not from Florida.

The county has tested 12 people so far. Four of those tests have been negative and seven are pending results.

FDOH said the man, who is alive, is isolated and will stay isolated until he is cleared by health officials.

The best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are:

- Wash your hands often.
- Avoid close contact with others.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Stay home if you're sick.
- Wear a facemask if your're sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces daily.