Holmes County confirms first COVID-19 case, closes parks


HOLMES COUNTY, Fla. (WDHN) — The Holmes County Health Department confirmed the county’s first case of COVID-19 Monday.

The patient is said to be a 27-year-old man who got tested out of the state due to his symptoms. He has since been isolated until health officials clear him.

The health department will now monitor him and anyone who came into contact with him daily to make sure the disease does not spread any further. They will also determine whether any other testing is necessary among this group.

“We are also coordinating with local and state officials to ensure proper precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of the virus,” said Karen Johnson, Holmes County Health Officer. “I want to stress that social distancing is key to protect those who are most at risk – individuals age 65 and older and those with underlying medical conditions.”

The Holmes County Board of County Commissioners also decided to close Lake Cassidy Lane Monday to help promote social distancing. All of the county’s parks are closed as well.

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