BREAKING NEWS: First case of COVID-19 in Garvin County

CUTLINE: Emily Smith of Legacy Drug in Pauls Valley advises a customer to use the pharmacy’s drive thru service as she closes the lobby area. (News Star photo by Jeff Shultz)

By Jeff Shultz

Managing Editor

The virus that has gripped the whole world has reached Garvin County, according to the Oklahoma State Department Health (OSDH).

The announcement came during the department’s daily update Friday morning.

The OSDH only confirmed the infected person lived in Garvin County. The department did not say where the virus patient lived in Garvin County.

According to the OSDH, there are now 49 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

The CDC recommends the following measures to protect yourself from the virus:

•Clean your hands often

•Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

•If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

•Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

•Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.

•Cover coughs and sneezes

•Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

•Throw used tissues in the trash.

•Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.