Fourth confirmed case of Covid-19 in Columbia County

  • A 62-year-old male has tested positive for Covid-19 in Columbia County.
    A 62-year-old male has tested positive for Covid-19 in Columbia County.

Columbia County received notice of its fourth positive case of Covid-19, the novel coronavirus, today. The person ill with the virus is a 62-year-old male.

The Florida Department of Health in Columbia County (DOH-Columbia) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for msymptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

The symptoms of Covid-19 can mirror illnesses such as influenza. Patients with Covid-19 typically display symptoms such as fever (100.4°F or higher), cough, and/or shortness of breath within 2 to 14 days of exposure to the virus. Approximately 80% of those affected with Covid-19 report mild to moderate illness and experience a complete recovery. Some experience more severe illness. People who are more vulnerable to the illness include individuals who are over age 65 with underlying health conditions, immunocompromised, ill or have underlying chronic health conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes.

Many cases of Covid-19 can be managed at home by treating symptoms, and this is encouraged. However, if you develop worsening symptoms, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, or inability to drink fluids, contact 911 and advise them of your symptoms as you may need treatment at a hospital.

Covid-19 is a new type of coronavirus; coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals. Other coronaviruses include the common cold and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from the Covid-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.