Levy County Department of Health Confirms First Case of COVID-19

Florida Department of Health officials informed Levy County Emergency Management (LCEM) today that a resident tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

In a statement released by LCEM, it was learned that a 64-year old female was the first case in Levy County.

“This individual is isolated and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by public health officials,” it stated. “The epidemiological investigation is ongoing and the Florida Department of Health in Levy County will continue to work with the Florida Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our partners to ensure that local plans, resources and capabilities are in place to respond to a widespread outbreak and lessen the impacts on Levy County. Due to HIPAA laws, the Florida Department of Health is unable to release any additional patient information. The Florida Department of Health will conduct a contact history investigation and notify the affected individuals privately.”

Levy County officials also said that it is important to remember; despite the number of cases that are in Levy County, or any other location, you should continue to follow all recommendations by the CDC for you and your family’s protection. 

They also offered the following advice:

• Practice social distancing of 6 feet or more when possible and avoid large gatherings, hugs, handshakes, and close quarters 

• If you feel ill and think that you have symptoms, contact your primary care provider before you arrive 

• Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer with an alcohol content of at least 60% in water and soap are not available 

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