The Washington County Health Department reported on Wednesday, November 18, that 30 new lab-confirmed cases were tabulated from Nov. 16 to present.
The residents include one female 11 to 15 years old; two females and one male 16 to 19 years old; one female and two males in their 20s; two females and three males in their 30s; three females and one male in their 40s; one female and two males in their 50s; five females and two males in their 60s; and one female and three males in their 70s.
Three previously reported cases were found to live in another county and have been removed from the case count. Those cases include a female in her 20s reported on Nov. 15 and a female in her 70s and a male in his 70s who were both reported on Nov. 13.
Total Case Count: 536
Released from isolation: 455
Active Hospitalized: 2
Total Hospitalized: 22
Health Department Elizabeth Lehde had previously discussed “pandemic fatigue” with the Nashville News.
“This pandemic is far from over, and it is apparent with the surge in cases nationwide. Increase in cases is likely caused from numerous factors,” she said. “The change in weather and pandemic fatigue has led to changes in the activity of many people. More activities and gatherings are happening indoors, which increases the risk of transmission. Some are letting their guard down and not following recommended safety precautions. Testing is more readily available than it has been, so people are able to more freely get tested. Recently there has been an increase in spread among household members. Once one person in the house gets it, we are noticing others in the house coming up positive. Our cases are a mix of community spread and known exposure.”
There were 31 cases that reported on Monday, November 16.
More Information From The Health Department
The Washington County Health Department said in a release that staff are “working through cases as quickly as we can; however as case counts rise, there may be delay in our office contacting you. ”
During these delays, citizens are asked to isolate themselves from others if they are told they tested positive and if possible, do not have any contact with other people. If someone is identified as a close contact or believes that they have been in close contact, then that person should quarantine at home and watch for signs of illness. You are also permitted to call the health department to get preliminary information.
Close contacts are defined as those being within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period of time starting two days before the start of symptoms until the case is isolated.
“Coronavirus is spreading quickly in our community,” Lehde said. ” We are all growing weary from safety precautions but now it is more important than ever to take caution in your actions.”
Restrictions and guidelines to curb the spread include keeping travel and activities to only those that are necessary, washing your hands, watching your distance and wearing a mask.