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Those tested for COVID-19 urged to wait for results before resuming normal activities

As local businesses and activities begin to move closer to normal, residents and visitors are urged to continue exercising caution to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Health officials say this is especially important for those who are tested for the virus and awaiting results.

“There have been multiple occasions where individuals are tested due to experiencing symptoms of the virus, and then they go back to normal activities before receiving their results, whether that’s going to work or visiting with family and friends,” said Florida Department of Health in Marion County Administrator Mark Lander. “Then, these individuals find out that they are positive. Those previous interactions can’t be walked back and people who were exposed to the virus also become sick with it.”

Those who are experiencing Coronavirus symptoms – fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell – and awaiting results need to take steps to prevent the spread of germs.

Those include:

  • Stay home as isolated as possible until you receive negative test results.
  • Always keep six feet between yourself and others.
  • Monitor your health for worsening of COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Wear a mask when around others.

If someone finds out they have tested positive for COVID-19, they will need to:

  • Immediately notify people they have had close contact with while ill.
  • Stay home and isolated for 14 days, monitor for symptoms and stay six feet away from others at all times.
  • Keep in touch with your healthcare provider and stay away from others.

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