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DeKalb County now has 15 confirmed cases of coronavirus; state count now 146

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DeKalb County now has 15 confirmed cases of coronavirus; state count now 146

Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey speaks during a March 2 press conference. Screen shot obtained via Facebook.
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DeKalb County, GA – The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus continues creeping up.

The state count of COVID-19 cases stands at 146. DeKalb County has 15 cases and ranks No. 3 in the state for reported COVID-19 cases. DeKalb had 10 confirmed cases on March 15. Worldwide there have been more than 189,000 reported cases and 7,505 deaths as of March 17.

To date, there has been only one death associated with coronavirus in Georgia. The numbers of cases are probably much higher but haven’t been reported due to limited testing. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that hospitals are telling people with mild symptoms of coronavirus not to seek tests.

Coronavirus symptoms can appear two to 14 days after exposure and include:

– Fever

– Cough

– Shortness of breath

The CDC says the following symptoms require emergency medical attention:

– Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

– Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

– New confusion or inability to arouse

– Bluish lips or face

The Governor’s Office will give a media briefing at 1 p.m.

COVID-19 Confirmed Cases by County
County Cases
Fulton 33
Cobb 25
Dekalb 15
Bartow 10
Gwinnett 7
Cherokee 7
Floyd 6
Dougherty 6
Fayette 5
Clayton 4
Lowndes 4
Clarke 3
Coweta 3
Gordon 2
Troup 2
Lee 2
Henry 2
Forsyth 1
Polk 1
Hall 1
Barrow 1
Charlton 1
Columbia 1
Rockdale 1
Newton 1
Paulding 1
Richmond 1

Here are the recommendations on coronavirus prevention from the DeKalb County Board of Health:

– Wash your hands often with soap and 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.

– Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash.

– Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The DeKalb County Board of Health is encouraging people not to buy facemasks.

“Surgical masks should be reserved for people who exhibit symptoms (to prevent them from spreading the virus through respiratory secretions such as saliva or mucus) and healthcare professionals who are taking care of sick people,” the DeKalb County Board of Health says. “Regular surgical face masks are not effective in protecting against the coronavirus, according to the CDC. A more specialized face mask known as N95 respirators are thicker than surgical masks and are fitted to a person’s face to keep out any viral particles.”

For more information from the Centers for Disease Control, click here.

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