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Jacksonville-area coronavirus updates: Putnam County announces first COVID-19 case

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Putnam County announces first COVID-19 case
March 20, 10 p.m.: Putnam County Sheriff’s Office announced the county’s first COVID-19 case. The Sheriff’s Office said a 67-year-old man tested positive for coronavirus.

The Sheriff’s Office said: “The Florida Department of Health in Putnam County (DOH-Putnam) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact Press Release Distribution Services In Jacksonville Investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease. DOH-Putnam has been monitoring COVID-19 since January and been in contact with Putnam County Emergency Management and medical providers to prepare response activities in the event we were to see cases in Putnam.”

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