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    Health department has reached out to known contacts of the patient

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    A Grand County woman has contracted COVID-19, the Southeast Utah Health Department announced Friday evening. The individual is between the ages of 25 and 45. Medical privacy laws prohibit the disclosure of further identifying information about the patient.

    “This may be our first confirmed case, but we do not assume it is our only case,” said Bradon Bradford, a health officer with the health department.

    The patient contracted the coronavirus disease, it appeared initially, as the result of contact with others from outside of Utah, according to the health department. The details of the case are under investigation, and the health department is working with the individual to identify people and places that were potentially exposed.

    The patient and her known contacts have been asked to remain isolated at home and will remain under active monitoring until at least 14 days from symptom onset and resolution of symptoms.

    Symptoms for COVID-19 include cough, shortness of breath, and fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

    “We would like to remind the community that we need to act and go through our days as if we already have the virus moving through our community,” Bradford said. “By behaving this way, we limit our exposure to others, thus decreasing the chance for community spread of disease.”

    If you have questions about COVID-19, contact the Utah COVID-19 Information Line at 1-800-456-7707. For local information, visit the Southeast Utah Health Department website at www.seuhealth.com. For statewide information visit the Utah COVID-19 website at coronavirus.utah.gov. The Centers for Disease Control also has information about the coronavirus disease at cdc.gov/coronavirus.

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    This story has been updated with additional information.

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