Scott County has one confirmed case of the coronavirus, but another is highly likely once test results are back.
Judge-Executive Joe Pat Covington noted the second case in a Facebook Live conference Monday. Private labs have now begin testing and the number of tests being administered, each of which may slow getting results, said Dr. Crystal Miller, public health director with WEDCO.
The one confirmed case is a 70-year-old woman who had returned from traveling and began showing coronavirus symptoms, officials said. She called her health care provider who directed her to come in for a test.
“She was wearing a mask when she went to her health care provider and they met her wearing protective equipment,” said Georgetown Mayor Tom Prather. “That is an example of someone being responsible and taking the appropriate actions.”
The woman is at home and is quarantined. More details or her current condition are unknown.
Georgetown Mayor Tom Prather, Scott County Judge-Executive Joe Pat Covington and WEDCO public health director Dr. Crystal Miller have held two Facebook Live broadcasts alerting the public to the most recent news events at the time.
Georgetown Community Hospital, an 85-bed facility, has taken steps in preparation for the virus including limiting entry points to the main and emergency room entrances, implementing visitor restrictions, screening everyone who enters the hospital, limiting hours Monday through Friday to 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and having hand hygiene products easily accessible. The ER remains open 24 hours a day.
The hospital has plenty of personal protection equipment (PPE) on hand, officials said. The hospital has received PPE from Toyota Tsusho which donated 1,640 N95 respirator masks, dentist James Land who provided seven boxes of medical grade gloves and 500 ear-loop surgical masks as well as donations from Elkhorn Crossing School, Cintas and Johnson’s Funeral Home.
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