Jackson County Health Dept. announces COVID-19 deaths

Published: Jul. 16, 2020 at 9:52 AM CDT
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MARIANNA, Fla. (WTVY) -- The Florida Department of Health in Jackson County (DOH-Jackson) announces three COVID-19 related deaths. The individuals are a 93-year-old male resident, a 65-year-old female resident and a 58-year-old male resident. These are the third, fourth and fifth COVID-19 related deaths for Jackson County.

Sandy Martin, Jackson County Health Officer states, "This is a sobering reminder of how dangerous this virus can be to our most vulnerable citizens. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families as they cope with their loss. As we see the number of cases increasing throughout the State and across Jackson County I implore you to do your part to slow the spread of COVID­19 – Maintain social distancing, wear cloth face coverings when in situations where social distancing is not possible, practice good hand hygiene and stay home if you are sick. If you have been asked to socially isolate due to an exposure to someone who has tested positive or because you have tested positive yourself, it is imperative to do so until instructed otherwise by public health officials. Disregarding these simple practices could cost the life of someone you love:

There are currently 675 total positive cases of COVID-19 associated with Jackson County with 202 of those cases still under public health monitoring. As of this morning there were 38 patients hospitalized in Jackson Hospital with COVID-19 related illnesses.

DOH-Jackson is currently conducting contact investigations and working to identify and notify individuals who will need COVID-19 testing and public health monitoring. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

COVID-19 symptoms and treatment

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 COVID­19 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 overview, symptoms, and general prevention

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.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. As a reminder, the Department always recommends everyday preventive actions to help impede the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • Staying home when you are sick and avoiding contact with persons in poor health;
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty; and

clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

For more guidance

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 visit and

State Call Center Available 24/7

Individuals can call the statewide COVID-19 hotline 24/7 at 866-779-6121 or COVID­

Health care providers should continue to call DOH epidemiology staff if they have questions regarding testing.

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