The Iron County Health Department has confirmed that there are now nine positive cases of COVID-19 in the county. This is the third new case reported since Saturday.
The individuals have been contacted and are currently in isolation at home. Contact tracing has been initiated in accordance to the CDC guidelines. The health department is in the process of contacting all close contacts.
The health department says that the cases range from Pilot Knob to the southern end of the county. However, the the health department warns that you should not let that be a false sense of security if you do not live in that area. COVID-19 is widespread throughout the state. All of the neighboring counites are seeing increases in positive cases as well. Please continue to take precautions to help prevent the spread.
It is urged that if you are tested for COVID-19, you need to quarantine at home until you receive your results.
If you feel you have been in contact with a positive case, you should self monitor and seek medical care if you begin having any symptoms including; fever, shortness of breath, cough (usually dry), body aches, sore throat, fatigue, headache, diarrhea/vomiting and other GI symptoms.
It is important to continue to follow these basic preventative measures to reduce the risk and prevent the spread of COVID-19:
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
Stay home if you are sick
Cover coughs and sneezes
Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces frequently
Practice social distancing
Wear face covering when social distancing cannot be maintained
Postpone any non-essential activities
Limit or avoid person-to-person interaction
If you suspect that you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, call your health care provider to let them know before seeking care. It is critical that your provider is aware that you may have COVID-19 prior to your arrival at a healthcare facility, and that you follow all instructions for arriving at a health care facility. Inform the 911 operator of you or a household members illness when calling to request 911 service assistance.