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Lafayette County confirms first case of coronavirus

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Posted at 5:46 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 17:46:50-04

LAFAYETTE COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Wednesday, Lafayette County received confirmation of its first positive case of COVID-19.

The person sick with the virus is a 47-year-old woman that had close contact with an existing case.

The Florida Department of Health in Lafayette County (DOH-Lafayette) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

As Lafayette County sees its first confirmed case, DOH-Lafayette Administrator Mr. Kerry S. Waldron emphasized the importance of mitigation practices in preventing the spread of the virus.

“If we work together using smart mitigation practices, we can reduce COVID-19’s impact on our community,” Waldron said. “We must practice social distancing, stay home when sick, frequently wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes, and follow CDC prevention guidelines to stop the spread of the virus.”