FROM THE DESK OF COUNTY EXECUTIVE JIM MANGUBAT:
We have been notified by the TDH that a resident of Wayne County has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The patient has been placed in quarantine.
This is not unexpected. Your local officials have been preparing for and expecting this for weeks. We are coordinating with the TDH and the healthcare community to make sure all Wayne County residents are protected.
The worst thing we can do during trying times like this is panic. It is important to remember that the vast majority of patients that contract this virus have a mild course of illness and recover quickly. If you are ill with respiratory symptoms, it is very important that you call your doctor first. Do not go the Emergency Department or any doctor’s office without calling first. We all have to work together to make sure our health care community is not overwhelmed with worried well.
We will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation and will adapt our response as appropriate. Over the next several weeks we might all suffer some inconveniences. You might see things like, you have to do thru the drive through at the bank or a restaurant. There might be some other temporary closures of businesses in the community but this will end and we will be stronger as a community.
Here are some things you can do to help:
As I mentioned, do not go to the doctor or the ED without calling first. Keep your hands clean and continue to practice social distancing. If you are feeling bad, stay at home. Keep an eye on our elders. They need to be staying at home as much as possible and we need to support them and keep them safe. People over the age of 65 and those with prior illness are at greatest risk so we need to some together and support them.
Again, I want to emphasize, this was not unexpected. We are prepared and are working closely with the TDH and all agencies of government at all levels to minimize the impact on the residents of Wayne County. That has been and continues to be our primary concern. We will get through this together. Of this I am certain.
Individuals with specific questions can call the TDH Information line at 877-857-2945 or the South Central information line at 931-490-8312.