Two Bryan County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. One individual is hospitalized and the other is currently isolated at home. These are the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bryan County.
As COVID-19 continues to spread in our area, it is important to note that asymptomatic transmission is possible, meaning someone who is not ill can still spread the virus to others. This is precisely why social distancing and proper handwashing are so important, whether or not you feel sick.
On March 23, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued an executive order requiring, “certain individuals with an increased risk of complications from COVID-19 to isolate, quarantine, or shelter in place. At minimum, this order for isolation, quarantine, or shelter in place covers those who live in a long-term care facility, have chronic lung disease, are undergoing cancer treatment, have a positive COVID-19 test, are suspected to have COVID-19 because of their symptoms and exposure, or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.”
Dr. Lawton Davis, Health Director of the Coastal Health District, is urging all residents to comply. “We continue to encourage residents in all Coastal Health District counties to focus on slowing the spread of the virus by heeding public health advice and staying home if at all possible,” he said. “The bottom line is that we know the virus is in our communities and we need to take every possible measure to prevent it from spreading.”