Coronavirus cases continue to rise in the area as the Washington County Health Department is now reporting nine new cases as the total number of positives at 50.
The residents include two males in their teens, a female in her 20s, a female in her 40s, a female in her 50s, a female in her 70s, a male in his 40s, a male in his 50s and a male in his 80s. All of the cases are reporting mild to moderate symptoms. The male in his 80s is reportedly hospitalized.
Coronavirus was transmitted to these cases through community transmission or close contacts, said Administrator Elizabeth Lehde.
The health department said one case has now been released from isolation and is able to resume normal activities.
Isolation and quarantine orders are given through the interview process and can vary in length based on when the symptoms started, when the person was tested, and when the health department is notified of the positive result.
The summary for Washington County:
35 released from isolation
1,162 negative results
“We are noticing an increase in community transmission, including social gatherings where safety practices are not followed,” Lehde said. “Follow safety precautions of social distancing, hand hygiene, wear a mask in public, stay away from large gatherings and group that do not have safety precautions in place. It is the responsibility of residents and businesses to keep our communities safe.”
An active case is a lab-confirmed case that is on isolation. Isolation is where a person is ordered to stay home and have no contact with anyone, including anyone in the household, except if in need of medical care or attention. Responders are to wear personal protective equipment. Through interview, a positive case is on isolation at least 10 days at the start of symptoms. A person is released from isolation when they are no longer considered contagious.
The health department said that failure to comply with voluntary isolation and quarantine orders can result in “mandated, court-ordered isolation and quarantine.”
COVID can be spread up to 48 hours before a person starts showing symptoms. Anyone who has been at gatherings where little to no safety measures were in place is at risk at contracting the virus.