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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Third Case of COVID-19 Detected in Shelby County

SHELBY COUNTY, TN - The Shelby County Health Department is investigating a third case of COVID-19 in Shelby County, detected by private laboratory results.

This case is not related to the first two, and the individual, who is not a resident of Shelby County, had recently traveled to several other states. Based on the travel history, and date of onset of symptoms, the individual appears to have contracted the virus due to exposure outside of Shelby County.

Shelby County Health Department Director Alisa Haushalter said, “The Health Department is now conducting contact tracing to identify persons who may have been exposed to the third case. But the threat to the general public is thought to be low as the individual does not appear to have contracted the virus here in Shelby County.”

The individual, who experienced only minor symptoms, is isolated in a residential setting.

Symptoms of COVID-19 range from mild to severe and include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Older adults and individuals with underlying medical conditions are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.

Members of the general public can take simple steps to reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses including COVID-19:

  • Avoiding unnecessary travel, particularly to states or regions which have reported community transmission of the virus;
  • Limiting meetings or gatherings of people to no more than 10 persons;
  • Practicing social distancing by remaining home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of six feet from other people;
  • Washing hands with liquid soap and water, and rubbing for at least 20 seconds, or using alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are not available;
  • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing;
  • Staying home when sick; and
  • Regularly cleaning surfaces touched by many people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends that older persons (60 and over) and those with underlying chronic health conditions should stay home as much as possible and avoid crowds. Wearing face masks is not necessary for the general public and may not provide protection from the virus.

If you experience symptoms of respiratory illness, including fever, cough, or difficulty breathing:

  • Avoid public spaces and gatherings
  • Avoid others in your household
  • If medical attention is needed,
    • contact your health care provider before going in for care, and
    • share any history of travel, to other countries or other states.

The Health Department’s hotline number (833-943-1658), is available 7 days a week for the public to call with specific questions and requests for technical assistance. The number is staffed during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After-hours calls will be returned on the next business day.

The Health Department has compiled informational resources on a COVID-19 page on its website www.shelbytnhealth.com/coronavirus. The webpage features specific information and recommendations for health care providers, individuals and families, organizers of community events, business leaders, and schools.

The Shelby County Health Department works year-round to prepare for potential public health threats like the COVID-19 outbreak. We, along with partnering agencies and organizations in government and health care, stand ready to protect the people of Shelby County if the virus spreads to our community.

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