PLYMOUTH – Marshall County officials held a press briefing on Thursday morning confirming that a case of COVID-19 has been confirmed by the Marshall County Health Department.
“Essentially we have one case now in Marshall County that is being investigated for contact exposure,” said Dr. Byron Holm, head of the Marshall County Health Department. “Hopefully by later today, we can let you know about that.”
“Once we’ve been notified of the case it’s being registered and put on the states information and we start working the case,” he said. “We talk to the individual to find out who and the locations of their contacts are and who they might have been around, notify those people and recommend to self-isolate for 14 days. If they show symptoms they need to notify their health care provider or the hotline (574) 335-8560.”
County government has also continued to do what they can to limit the spread of the virus and still provide services.
“The County building and courthouse are limited in staff,” said Commissioner Kevin Overmyer. “Most are coming in to check their mail and see if any money has come in the drop boxes.”
“The highway department has people with health issues in the past,” he said. “A lot of them are staying at home but they are on call in case of emergency.”
Marshall County EMA Director Clyde Avery says coordination of efforts among county and state officials continues to move smootly in the crisis.
“We are continuing to stay in contact with the hospitals and health directors (around the state) on plans they have in place,” said Avery. “Department of homeland security providing updates. We are in constant communication with everyone for awareness of what other agencies are doing.”
“This is something that we have prepared for the past several years,” he said. “The hospital has been preparing, We asked the Health Department to prepare for a situation that would require the administering of prophylactic vaccines.”
Financially the county remains in solid shape.
“I feel very prepared for what is coming at us right now,” said Overmyer. “If this lingers longer we’ll have to see but right now we are in good shape. (The situation) changes every day but I feel that we have reacted very well.”