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DOH-Walton Announces Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19

By Patricia Roberts

March 20, 2020

March 20, 2020
DOH-Walton Announces Additional
Positive Cases of COVID-19
Patti Roberts, PIO
850-401-6353 office
850-333-5047 cell

DeFuniak Springs, Fla. The Florida Department of Health in Walton County announces 2
additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Walton County. One additional individual is a 20-yearold female, the other is a 50-year-old male. Both are residents of Walton County. Both
individuals sought medical care, are isolated and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by
public health officials.

Holy Holt, Health Officer said “We are working closely with these individuals, their close
contacts, and healthcare providers to determine what additional COVID-19 testing may be
required. We are also coordinating with local and state officials to ensure proper precautions are
being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. I want to stress the importance of following the
CDC guidelines and practicing social distancing to protect those that are most at risk.” The Joint
Information Center on COVID-19 for the State of Florida is also issuing regular updates two times per day. Updated information can also be found at, and or you can call the COVID-19 Call Center (866) 779-
6121 24/7 or email The Florida Department of Health has launched a
COVID-19 dashboard that will be updated twice daily with specific County information.

If a person thinks they have COVID-19, they should call their health care provider before
going to their office so the provider can take precautions to prevent exposing other
people. Review your signs, symptoms and travel history with your physician. Your
physician will evaluate you for other possible causes of respiratory illness. If you are
without health insurance or a health care provider, please contact the Walton County
Health Department at (850) 401-6453 so we can coordinate your medical evaluation and
testing. Once you have been tested for COVID-19, self-isolate for 14 days or until you
receive the results from your test and further guidance from your health care provider.
Most people with confirmed COVID-19 infection reportedly have mild to moderate
respiratory illness and can be managed at home in coordination with your provider and
your local health department. Persons with severe illness may be hospitalized. Contact
tracing is done for many diseases including tuberculosis, vaccine preventable diseases
like measles and pertussis, sexually transmitted diseases and now COVID-19. Contacts
of a case of COVID-19 are placed in self-isolation for 14 days from their last date of
exposure. These individuals monitor themselves for symptoms of fever, cough, shortness
of breath. Public Health personnel stay in touch with the contact throughout the entire
isolation process. DOH-Walton provides the individual with a phone number to call if they
think they are getting sick. If a contact gets sick with symptoms consistent with COVID-19,
that person will be tested. If that person comes back positive for COVID-19, then contact
tracing begins again. If the contact of a COVID-19 case completes the 14-day isolation
period without illness, they are cleared to return to their daily activities.

What you can do to protect you and your family at Home

Continue to practice good hand washing. Cover coughs and sneezes. Stay
home from work if you are sick and keep children home from school when sick.
Remind family members not to touch their faces.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, tables and handrails.
Open windows or adjust air conditioning to increase ventilation.
Treat vulnerable family members, such as those over the age of 65 or with
chronic medical conditions, as though others are a threat to them. Practice
good hygiene when caring for them. If they are sick, provide them with their own
room, and keep the door closed.

What you can do at work

Good hand hygiene is as important at work as it is at home. Encourage
employees to clean hands at the door and send email reminders to clean
hands throughout the day.
Stop shaking hands. Use other, non-contact methods of greeting customers
and coworkers.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
Open windows or adjust air conditioning to increase ventilation.
Consider videoconferencing for meetings whenever possible. When not
possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces.
Assess the risks of business travel.
Handle food carefully and limit food sharing.
Ensure cafeteria staff and their close contacts practice strict hygiene.
Allow employees to stay home if they are sick or have a sick family member.

Encourage employees and customers to:
Stop shaking hands. Use non-contact methods of greeting.
Clean hands at the door and send employees email reminders to clean hands
throughout the day.
Promote tap and pay to limit handling of cash.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
Open windows or adjust air conditioning to increase ventilation.
Avoid crowding by booking appointments to stagger customer flow.

Public Transportation Businesses
Open windows whenever possible.
Increase ventilation.
Disinfect surfaces regularly.

To find the most up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19, please visit the
Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage at

For information and advisories from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), please visit the CDC COVID-19 website at

For more information about current travel advisories issued by the U.S. Department of State, please visit the travel advisory website at
For other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department's
dedicated  COVID-19 Call Center at 866-779-6121. The line is available 24 hours a day, 7days a week.

About the Florida Department of Health
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