COVID still lingers
According to Nurse Practitioner, Stephanie Cunningham, at the Jackson County Hospital District, a total of 17 new cases have been recorded within the last 14 days as of August 22. This does not account for those who have tested at home and not sought treatment.
While this increase might raise alarms, it’s important to note that most of these cases have exhibited mild symptoms. The predominant complaints among patients have been fatigue and decreased appetite. Interestingly, the respiratory symptoms that were commonly associated with COVID-19 during the initial phases of the pandemic have become less prevalent.
Notably, the hospitalization rates in Jackson County remain considerably low. In terms of preventative measures, health authorities are reiterating the importance of adhering to fundamental hygiene practices. These include frequent and thorough handwashing, staying home when feeling unwell, especially if fever is present, and covering one’s mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. These measures, though seemingly basic, have proven to be effective in reducing the spread of the virus.
“It doesn’t appear to be any more contagious than some of the common colds that we’ve seen,” Cunningham explained.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to provide guidance on managing COVID-19 cases. The recommended quarantine period is five days from the onset of symptoms, coupled with an improvement in overall symptoms. However, it’s important to note that if symptoms do not improve or if fever persists, a longer quarantine period might be necessary.
While the recent increase in cases is a cause for concern, the collective efforts of the community in adhering to preventative measures can play a pivotal role in mitigating the spread of the virus. With school back in session there has also been a notable increase in more common illnesses such as strep throat, the common cold, and the flu. Be diligent in hygiene practices to reduce the spread of illness.