JACKSON — While there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) identified in Jackson County, there are now two residents under investigation for potential infection with pending lab results.

The Jackson County Health Department is doing contact tracing on the residents and is working with their contacts to "self-isolate" at home until it is known if the two residents test positive or negative.

Jackson County Health Commissioner Kevin Aston told The Courier that public officials and healthcare providers from across Jackson County and across professional disciplines met today, Friday, March 13, at the Jackson County Health Department to begin to coordinate a response to the COVID-19 situation.

"The process for local lab testing for COVID-19 was explained by infection control professionals who are organizing the screening and lab testing at the county’s designated testing site: Holzer Medical Center – Jackson," explained Aston. "The infection prevention tactic of sick people isolating themselves at home until they are symptom-free was discussed, as was the need for government agencies and businesses to prepare for how they will continue to operate if many of their personnel cannot come to work."

Aston nodded to procedures in the area that area agencies have created in response to confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.

"The strategy for feeding children while schools are closed is being developed by the school districts, and details will be released to the public soon," Aston said. "An effort to limit mass gatherings around the county has begun, and future coordination of response efforts will be achieved not by face-to-face meetings but by email."

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