The State of California now has 598 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As of Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Tulare County Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Haught has announced both a fourth and fifth case of positive COVID-19 tests in Tulare County.
The fourth patient is an adult between the ages of 18-25, was a traveler to Europe, and came home and self-quarantined. Once the individual began to experience symptoms, they received a test, which the Tulare County Public Health Lab found to be positive. The patient is well enough to continue to self-quarantine at home. Two contacts have been identified and have also been instructed to self-quarantine.
The fifth patient belongs to a vulnerable population, over 65 years of age, and is considered person-to-person spread through direct contact. The public health branch has begun their investigation, and no new contacts have been identified.
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Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency continues to urge individuals to monitor their health closely.
If you are ill, stay home.
If you are a member of a vulnerable population, stay home as much as possible.
If you are a person who has traveled outside the county or country, call 2-1-1 to find about the potential need to self-quarantine.
Please call 2-1-1 if you have the symptoms of COVID-19, such as:
• Inability to take in a deep breath
• Other lower respiratory symptoms
Community members with urgent questions about, or symptoms of, COVID-19 in Tulare County can call 2-1-1 to be connected to the information and resource hotline.
If you are over 65 years of age and need assistance with questions and resources, contact Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-321-2462 or online at www.ktaaa.org.