Forest County Public Health officials have confirmed a third and fourth person have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) in Forest County. The individuals are being isolated and no further information is being released to protect their privacy. County health officials are working to determine how the individuals may have become infected and are contacting other individuals with whom the positive case has had close contact with.
We are working with our local, state and federal partners to deal quickly and effectively when people have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been around people who have been infected to make sure our community remains safe and healthy.
COVID-19 can be spread by asymptomatic people, meaning people who are not experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. In addition to maintaining at least six feet of physical distance as much as possible, we recommend that everyone wear cloth face coverings in public settings where physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain, frequently wash their hands, and cover coughs and sneezes to prevent catching and spreading disease.
People with confirmed infections have a range of symptoms, from little to no symptoms to people being severely sick and dying. Symptoms may include:
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Body or muscle aches
- Loss of smell
- Loss of taste
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call your health care provider and ask to be tested.
In an effort to keep community members up to date on COVID-19, the Forest County Health Department will continue to update our Facebook page daily with current COVID-19 case counts. This will include the number of negative and positive cases in Forest County.