A Chatham County resident has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is currently isolated at home, and the source of the exposure is unknown. Coastal Health District epidemiologists are gathering more information which can be used to notify others who may have had close contact with the individual.
This is the fourth confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Coastal Health District; there are 2 confirmed cases of Glynn County residents, 1 of an Effingham County resident, and now 1 in Chatham County. The Coastal Health District includes Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties.
We understand that people want to be tested but the reality is that we do not yet have the capacity for widespread community testing or screening. Fortunately, most people who are mildly or moderately ill can safely recover at home while self-isolating and treating symptoms.
Testing must be prioritized, as testing capacity and medical supplies are limited. Priority individuals include:
- persons 60 and older,
- those with chronic, underlying health conditions,
- those who live in a long-term care facility like an assisted living facility or nursing home
- those serving on the front lines as a healthcare worker, first responder, long-term care facility staffer, or law enforcement officer.
In accordance with federal and state guidelines, we strongly encourage the continuation of social distancing. The less contact people have with one another means the less opportunity for the virus to spread. Slowing the spread of the virus means we can keep our healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed.