Two healthcare workers among those in Hall County with COVID-19

Published: Mar. 30, 2020 at 9:01 PM CDT
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The Central District Health Department said as of Monday that there are now 8 lab positive cases.

There are two healthcare workers in Hall County who tested positive. Both are no longer working and are under quarantine.

Central District Health Department Health Director Teresa Anderson said their staff is advised to be alert for the onset symptoms and stay home if sick.

"It's going to come and we're going to have a lot of cases but what we're trying to do our ultimate goal is to reduce the number of sick people at any one given time so that we don't overwhelm our health care system," Anderson said.

Given workers are on the front lines, they are advised to take their temperatures before coming to work and in some cases wear face masks.

"Being diagnosed helps others and helps you know what you have but it won't change the treatment because there isn't any treatment until a person has severe symptoms and has to be hospitalized," Anderson said.

CDHD is separating patients from each other, limiting visitors into facilities and asking patients to call ahead for screening. What makes the cases in the Central District (Hall, Hamilton & Merrick counties) unique is the cases are all community spread.

"What we have in our district is initial community spread where we can't trace it back to one individual or to travel. So we started with community spread," Anderson said.

Anderson said residents in the Central District should stay vigilant of what they are doing and who they are in contact with to limit the community spread of the Coronavirus in Hall, Hamilton & Merrick counties.

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