Effingham County Health Department received notice of four new positive cases of COVID-19 Monday. A female and two males less than 10 years old and a female in her 30s have had contact with persons testing positive for COVID. All are doing well in isolation.
The health department is noticing an increase in community transmission associated with events and locations where crowds are congregating and not wearing face coverings or social distancing. Contact tracers are investigating possible outbreaks associated with these types of events. It is important to follow safety precautions of social distancing, hand hygiene, wearing a face covering in public, and staying away from large groups or gatherings that do not have safety precautions in place.
COVID can be spread up to 48 hours before a person starts with symptoms. Anyone who has been at gatherings where little to no safety measures were in place is at risk of contracting COVID-19. Watch for these symptoms: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. If you experience symptoms, isolate immediately and contact your health care provider about getting tested for COVID-19.