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Health officials confirm 4th coronavirus case in Lowndes County

Posted at 1:16 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 22:58:29-04

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) — The Georgia Department of Health, South Health District announced the fourth case of COVID-19 is directly correlated to individuals who previously tested positive for the virus.

This individual shares a connection with the individual first identified as a presumptive positive, as well as the second confirmed case in Lowndes County.

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), South Health District has confirmed a 4th case of COVID-19 in Lowndes County.

The individual is a resident of Lowndes County and an investigation into the case ongoing. The source of exposure is unknown at this time.

At this time, South Health District has four confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the district, which includes 10 counties throughout South Georgia. However, health officials say this number could increase as the situation evolves.

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  • 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.
  • Avoid large gatherings, especially older adults and individuals with a chronic illness.