LIVE OAK, Florida – The Florida Department of Health announced on Wednesday evening two more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Suwannee County, bringing the county total to six cases.
The last cases concern an 80-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman. The two are in close contact with an existing confirmed case. The 80-year-old man is in hospital while receiving treatment for the virus.
The county’s fourth case was announced Wednesday morning and was a 41-year-old woman who also had close contact with a confirmed case.
The Florida Department of Health in Suwannee County is currently investigating the contacts and is working to identify and notify those who will need to monitor themselves for symptoms for a period of 14 days. . Contact surveys are an essential means for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.
As the number of confirmed cases in the county continues to increase, Kerry Waldron, the county health administrator, continues to focus on social distancing and other mitigation efforts to try to reduce the spread.
“If we work together using smart mitigation practices, we can reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our community,” said Waldron. “We need to practice social distancing, stay home when sick, wash our hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, cover coughing and sneezing, and follow CDC prevention guidelines to stop the spread of the virus.”
Suwannee County tested a total of 87 people with 71 negative results. Ten people are still waiting for results.
In Hamilton County, 26 tests have been performed for the virus with 23 negative results and three pending these results. One of the negative tests involved a non-resident of Florida.
Lafayette County tested 11 people, all of whom came back negative.
Statewide, the total number of confirmed cases increased to 7,773 – 7,495 among Florida residents. The death toll reached 101 with 990 hospitalizations due to the virus.