With Thursday’s report on numbers of COVID-19 cases in the county, the Crawford County Health Department issued the following statement:
Due to the sharp rise in cases since our reporting last Thursday, we are separating our data to better illustrate the distribution of these new cases. We have our original table that we will continue to use to show total cases throughout the county and we also have a new table specific to cases within congregate living facilities.
We feel it is important to differentiate between the two as cases within congregate living facilities currently account for 85 of the 119 cases added over the past week. These cases were identified through mass testing/facility wide testing.
Mass testing is performed regardless of the presence of symptoms or known positive cases and is a useful tool to reveal asymptomatic positives and to determine a base line of prevalence within a target population. Having accurate knowledge of the prevalence within a population helps to guide future decision making and planning.
The Crawford County Health Department continues to follow and contact trace each positive case reported to us. We will continue to monitor these situations as they progress.
As always, we urge you take the precautions necessary to keep yourself, your loved ones and your community safe.
Everyone should watch for symptoms. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
• Fever or chills
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Muscle or body aches
• New loss of taste or smell
• Sore throat
• Congestion or runny nose
• Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms.
It is important to remember that every activity that involves contact with others carries some degree of risk. To reduce risk and prevent the spread of COVID-19, we encourage following these basic preventative measures:
• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if handwashing is not possible.
• Wear a mask in public and when a distance of six feet cannot be maintained.
• Avoid situations where social distancing is not achievable.
• 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.
If you suspect that you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, and are experiencing symptoms, stay home and call your healthcare 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 healthcare facility.