COVID-19 UPDATES

AUGUST 1, 2020 – The Richland County Health Department is announcing one additional active case of COVID-19 in a Richland County resident. This brings the total case count to 46. At this time, 36 of the total cases are recovered, 9 are active, with one death. Active case updates are as follows:

Case 46: A female in her 20s who is not hospitalized and is isolating at home. The investigation is ongoing and contact tracing has begun. The individual was named as a contact to a positive case and was symptomatic.

JULY 29, 2020 – Case 45: A female in her 50s who is not hospitalized and is isolating at home. The investigation is ongoing and contact tracing has begun. The individual was named as a contact to a positive case and was symptomatic.

JULY 27, 2020 – Case 44: A male between the ages of 10 and 19 who is not hospitalized and is isolating at home. The investigation is ongoing and contact tracing has begun. The individual was symptomatic.

Case 43: A male in his 80s who is not hospitalized and is isolating at home. The individual is a named contact to a positive case from another state. The investigation is ongoing and contact tracing has begun. The individual became symptomatic during quarantine.

Case 42: A female in her 80s who is not hospitalized and is isolating at home. The individual is a named contact to a positive case from another state. The investigation is ongoing and contact tracing has begun. The individual became symptomatic during quarantine.

JULY 25, 2020 – Case 41: A female in her 20s who is not hospitalized and is isolating at home. The individual is a household contact to a positive case and became symptomatic during quarantine.

JULY 24, 2020 – Case 40: A female in her 40s who is not hospitalized and is isolating at home. The investigation is ongoing and contact tracing has begun. The individual is a household contact to a positive case and is symptomatic. 

Case 39: A female in her 80s who is not hospitalized and is isolating at her residence. The investigation is ongoing and contact tracing has begun. The individual is a named contact to a positive case and is not symptomatic. 

Case 38: A female in her 60s who is not hospitalized and is isolating at home. The investigation is ongoing and contact tracing has begun. The individual is a named contact to a positive case and became symptomatic while under quarantine.

JULY 22, 2020 – Case 37: A female in her 50s who is not hospitalized and is isolating at home. The investigation is ongoing and contact tracing has begun. The individual is a named contact to a positive case and is symptomatic.

JULY 20, 2020 – Case 36: A female in her 80s who is not hospitalized and is isolating at her residence. The case investigation is ongoing and contact tracing has begun. The individual is a named contact to a positive case.

Case 35: A female in her 80s who is hospitalized. The case investigation is ongoing and contact tracing has begun. The individual was symptomatic.

The Health Department continues to monitor more than 35 close contacts daily. The Health Department’s investigations show that residents could be doing more to follow COVID-19 preventative recommendations, particularly in regard to not going out when sick, staying home after being tested, and avoiding large gatherings.

It is imperative that Richland County residents follow instructions from the Health Department and healthcare providers.

Important Reminders

• If you are not feeling well, particularly including symptoms of a dry cough, fever, shortness of breath, headache, and other cold-like symptoms, stay home until you feel better. This means that you do not go to work, do not attend regular activities, and cancel or postpone appointments.

• If you have been tested for COVID-19 for any reason, including preoperative testing, you must stay home until test results are received. This means that you do not go to work, do not attend regular activities, and cancel or postpone appointments.

• All residents should be practicing social distancing, including limiting the number of close contacts. This means avoiding large gatherings where social distancing is difficult. Wear a mask as required and when social distancing is difficult.

Together we can slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Please do your part so Richland County can recover socially and economically from this pandemic.

Stephanie Ler, RS, MPH, is the Richland County Health Department Public Information Officer.

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