18th confirmed COVID-19 case in Cherokee County

by From the office of Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis

(May 05, 2020) – An 18th case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Cherokee County. Out of the 18 cases, three cases have been travel related and 15 cases have been determined to be acquired through community spread. Public health will remain in contact with this individual, as well as any close contacts.

According to Jacksonville officials, Cherokee County Case #18 is located within the city limits of Jacksonville. This is the fourth reported case within the Jacksonville city limits, and the third of three active cases in the Jacksonville city limits. For questions, call (903) 586-5916, or COVID19@jacksonvilletx.org

Of the county's total 18 cases, a dozen patients have recovered; five cases remain active; and one patient has died.

Human coronaviruses are most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, such as coughs and sneezes. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath, these symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Everyone has ways that they can contribute to slow the spread of the virus and should remember to:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed or gloved hands.

• Avoid close contact with those who are sick.

• Stay at home as much as possible

• Put distance between yourself and other people.

o Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

o Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus

• Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around other people (grocery shopping, pharmacy, etc.)

• If you are in a private setting and do not have your cloth face covering, remember to cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Texas Health and Human Services has a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at (833) 986 - 1919. Further information regarding COVID-19 can be found at https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/ and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.