Patient at UConn Health Tests Positive For Coronavirus – NBC Connecticut

A patient at UConn Health has tested positive for coronavirus, according to the hospital.

The person is from Hartford and was identified as a possible case when he arrived at the hospital, a UConn Health spokesperson said.

The patient is doing well and was discharged with instructions for him and his family to quarantine.

It is not clear if the UConn Health patient is among the 20 confirmed cases identified by state health officials on Saturday.

Of those 20, fifteen cases are in Fairfield County, three are in Litchfield County, one is in Hartford County, and one is in New Haven County.

New statewide numbers are expected to be released on Sunday.

Coronavirus Symptoms

The key symptoms of the coronavirus, according to the CDC
are:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Symptoms can appear in infected persons two to 14 days after exposure.

Coronavirus Prevention Steps

Steps for prevention from the CDC include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Steps to Self-Monitor for Coronavirus

Steps to self-monitor from the CDC include:

  1. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  2. Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
  3. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  4. Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
  5. Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

If you do get sick with a fever, cough or have trouble
breathing, call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room and
communicate with your doctor about your recent travel.

The CDC has a special website set up with details about the coronavirus, including how it spreads and treatment.

Anyone with questions relating to coronavirus can call
2-1-1 or text “CTVOID” to 898211. The 2-1-1 hotline is available 24
hours a day.

You can also visit the state’s coronavirus information website here. Residents are encouraged to check the website for answers to questions before calling the hotline.

Learn More About Coronavirus – COVID-19

Learn more here from the state about Coronavirus.

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