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Moody Air Force Base closed to visitors after first confirmed COVID-19 case in South Georgia

Posted at 5:18 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 19:18:51-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) — While Leon County and Tallahassee prepare for the coronavirus, Lowndes County is releasing information about a confirmed COVID-19 case.

Moody Air Force Base also announced the base would be closed to visitors after a worker at the base tested positive for coronavirus.

Lowndes County opened up about the patient's stay at South Georgia Medical Center and the potential of more cases.

The individual was treated at the hospital from March 5 to March 7. After the patient's symptoms became worse and was having trouble breathing, they were moved to Florida.

The medical center said the person didn't test positive for coronavirus until Wednesday.

SGMC and DOH are monitoring five people at a high risk, and more that are at medium and low risks. All five came in contact with the confirmed patient, but none have been quarantined.

We've been able to push through but we're always looking for more. That's one of our efforts, to never try to oversimplify this process," said Dr. Brian Dawson, Chief Medical Officer. "Whenever we talk to a group, we try to identify more people to make sure we can identify as many people as possible."

The medical center also announced visitor restrictions, asking that people under 18 years old stay away, along with limiting visitors to three at a time.

Due to HIPPA, the hospital was not allowed to release any other details about the patient. The Department of Health is expected to provide more details on Friday.