March 19, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Two New Cases of COVID-19 in Tulare County

The Tulare County Public Health Branch has announced both a sixth and seventh case of positive COVID-19 tests in Tulare County. Additional information regarding some of the new cases are pending completion of an investigation. Our community should understand that we are at a higher level of risk and they should take precautions wherever you go.

“Though cases may be expanding, but our actions can slow the spread of the virus,” states Dr. Karen Haught, Public Health Officer. “Although we are used to coming together during a crisis, for this particular health crisis we do need to stay apart to help slow the spread of this illness.”

The sixth case is a person between the ages of 18-24 and it is currently unknown how the virus was contracted. The seventh individual is a travel case between the ages of 25-40. Both cases were tested at Kaweah Delta.

Tulare County HHSA continues to urge individuals to monitor your health closely.

  • Avoid all non-essential gatherings
  • If you are ill, stay home
  • If you are a member of a vulnerable population, stay home as much as possible
  • Practice social distancing
  • Practice good hand and environment hygiene
  • If you are a person who has traveled outside the county or country, please call 2-1-1 to find about the potential need to self-quarantine
  • Please call 2-1-1 if you have the symptoms of COVID-19, such as
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Inability to take in a deep breath
    • Other lower respiratory symptoms

Community members with urgent questions about or symptoms of COVID-19 in Tulare County can call 2-1-1 to be connected to the information and resource hotline.

If you are a member of our senior population, over 65 years of age, and you need assistance with questions and resources, please contact K/T AAA at 1-800-321-2462 or online at www.ktaaa.org.

Please note that although testing for COVID-19 is occurring at the Tulare County Public Health Lab, all results are only available through the testing physician.

For more information about COVID-19, visit www.tchhsa.org/ncovhttps://www.facebook.com/TulareCountyHHSA/, and https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx.


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