A fourth Marion County resident has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
The patient has been identified as a 40-year-old woman with a travel history. The Florida Department of Health in Marion County is conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying people who are connected to the patient and will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.
The symptoms of COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, can mirror illnesses such as influenza. Patients with COVID-19 typically display symptoms such as fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit), cough and/or shortness of breath within two to 14 days of exposure to the virus.
About 80 percent of those suffering from COVID-19 report mild to moderate illness and experience a complete recovery. Some experience more severe illness. People who are more vulnerable to the illness include those who are over the age 65 with underlying health conditions.
Many cases of COVID-19 can be managed at home by treating symptoms, which is encouraged. However, if you develop worsening symptoms, such as shortness of breath, chest pain or inability to drink fluids, contact 911 and advise them of your symptoms, as you may need treatment at a hospital.
Those with concerns about the Coronavirus can contact the health department 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (352) 644-2590. People also can contact the statewide COVID-19 hotline, also 24/7, at 866-779-6121 or COVIDemail@example.com.