A second person in Glynn County has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is currently recovering at home and self-isolating, and the source of 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. The individual has no known contact to a confirmed case.
Although public demand for testing around the state is high, particularly when new cases are discovered, most people do not need to be tested. Also, 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 65 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 a joint statement released yesterday, Governor Brian P. Kemp, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA) offered this perspective. “It is our responsibility to keep the elderly and chronically ill safe, back our law enforcement and first responders, and protect the doctors, nurses, and healthcare providers working around the clock.”