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DPH Awaiting Test Results on ‘Presumptive Positive’ Cases at Southeast Georgia Health System

The overall risk of COVID-19 to the general public remains low, although elderly people and individuals with chronic medical conditions may have increased risk for COVID-19. 

This is a press release from Camden County EMA – issued 1:20 PM on March 11, 2020

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is awaiting confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on a presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in neighboring Charlton County.

Earlier today the Southeast Georgia Health System released information about testing for two patients at their Camden Campus for COVID-19. At this time there is a presumptive positive result for one individual and an outstanding test for the second individual.

The overall risk of COVID-19 to the general public remains low, although elderly people and individuals with chronic medical conditions may have increased risk for COVID-19. 

The best prevention measures for any respiratory virus are: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Please use reputable sources for the latest guidance on COVID-19, including the CDC, Georgia DPH, and the Coastal Georgia Health District. Georgia DPH shares COVID-19 guidance at its toll-free number, 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584), its website or through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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