With the state experiencing a backlog in the COVID-19 data system, the sheer volume of cases paired with the prediction of increased cases in Lucas County, we are asking those who test positive to isolate and reach out to their close contacts.
As noted in the Lucas County Stay-at-Home Advisory, residents who are either confirmed positive or a close contact should not wait to hear from the health department and immediately follow isolation and quarantine guidance.
Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 needs to quarantine for 14 days from the date of last exposure.
This includes people who have not tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 3 months, even if they tested positive earlier in the year.
"Close contact" means:
∙ You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more;
∙ You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19;
∙ You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them);
∙ You shared eating or drinking utensils;
∙ They sneezed, coughed, or got respiratory droplets on you;
Steps to take:
o Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19, monitor your health;
o Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19;
o If possible, stay away others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19
Even if the test is negative for COVID-19 or you may feel healthy, individuals must stay home (quarantine) since symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
Isolation is used to separate sick people from healthy people (those positive for COVID-19 or with COVID-like symptoms).
People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others.
In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).
People who need to isolate:
∙ People who have tested positive or have symptoms of COVID-19, and are able to recover at home;
∙ People who have no symptoms (are asymptomatic) but have tested positive for COVID-19.
Steps to take:
o Stay home except to get medical care;
o Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately;
o Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible;
o Use a separate bathroom, if possible;
o Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets; o Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, or utensils;
o Wear a cloth face covering when around other people if able, and keep as much distance as possible.
People may leave isolation after:
∙ At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared; And
∙ Being fever free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication;
∙ Other symptoms of COVID-19 have significantly improved**
**Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation
The Health Department is urging everyone to do what they can to limit the spread of this virus. It’s never been more important than now to do YOUR part. We need your partnership, COVID-19 is circulating in our community at a higher rate now than at any time previously in this pandemic. We are asking for the partnership of everyone to help slow the spread. At this time, we cannot stop this disease, but we can slow it down. Slowing it down is key to ensuring we have the resources to protect the health and economy of our community. Please use masking, social distancing, handwashing, and stay at home if you’re sick.
For additional information on COVID-19 in Lucas County, please visit: www.lucascountyhealth.com/coronavirusupdates/
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