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4-14-20

FIRST THREE DEATHS IN SUWANNEE COUNTY DUE TO COVID-19


LIVE OAK, Fla.—The Department of Health in Suwannee County (DOH-Suwannee) received
 confirmation that a 77 year old female, a 74 year old male and a 74 year old male previously diagnosed with COVID-19 have died. All were hospitalized and connected to an existing case. We would
like to express our condolences to their families and loved ones. The cause of death is pending
review by the medical examiner.


According to the dashboard, as of this morning, Suwannee has 75 cases, Columbia has 28 cases, Hamilton has 2 cases and Madison has 14 cases of COVID-19.


DOH-Suwannee is committed to working with our community partners to prevent the spread of
COVID-19. It continues to be important for everyone to practice social distancing and remain at
home other than for essential and necessary activities. Social distancing is one thing we all can
do to prevent further spread of COVID-19 and to prevent deaths, particularly in the more
vulnerable populations such as in persons over the age of 65 or persons with underlying
medical conditions.


For Updated Information or Guidance


For up-to-date information, go to https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/ and follow the prompts to the
dashboard and detailed report, or click on the dashboard link here. To find the most up-to-date
guidance on COVID-19, please visit the Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage.
For information and advisories from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), please
visit the CDC COVID-19 website. For more information about current travel advisories issued by
the U.S. Department of State, please visit the travel advisory website.


CDC updated recommendations for face coverings
The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social
distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in
areas of significant community-based transmission.
It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing
the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to
slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from
transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home
from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health
measure. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first
responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.


COVID-19 symptoms and treatment
The symptoms of COVID-19 can mirror illnesses such as influenza. Patients with COVID-19
typically display symptoms such as fever (100.4°F or higher), cough, and/or shortness of breath
within 2 to 14 days of exposure to the virus. Approximately 80% of those affected with 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 individuals who are over
age 65 with underlying health conditions, immunocompromised, ill or have underlying chronic
health conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes.


Many cases of COVID-19 can be managed at home by treating symptoms, and this 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.
Local Call Center Available 24/7

Individuals can also continue to contact the statewide
COVID-19 hotline 24/7 at 866-779-6121 or COVID-19@flhealth.gov. Health care providers
should continue to call DOH epidemiology staff if they have questions regarding testing.


About the Florida Department of Health
The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to
protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county
and community efforts.
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Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.