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Newton County has 24th covid-19 related death

The Newton County Health Department announced the county’s 24th death due to COVID-19.

The department said the victim was a man in his 50s who had been hospitalized prior to his death.

Know how it spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

      Everyone Should

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      Wash your hands often

      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
      • It’s especially important to wash:
        • Before eating or preparing food
        • Before touching your face
        • After using the restroom
        • After leaving a public place
        • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
        • After handling your mask
        • After changing a diaper
        • After caring for someone sick
        • After touching animals or pets
      • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
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      Avoid close contact

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      Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others

      • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
      • The mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
      • Everyone should wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
        • Masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
      • Do NOT use a mask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
      • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The mask is not a substitute for social distancing.
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      Cover coughs and sneezes

      • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
      • Throw used tissues in the trash.
      • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
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      Clean and disinfect

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      Monitor Your Health Daily

      • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
      • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
        • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
      • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
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