CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 5/19/2020

May 19, 2020

COVID 19 TESTS MADE SIMPLE: FROM THE CDC
 
Harrison County Judge Chad Sims:
15 mins ·
May 18, 2020 – Today we have 3 new positive cases to report in Harrison County bringing our total to 212. Regrettably, I have to report 4 fatalities bringing that total to 19. We’ve also had 4 new recoveries totaling 34. That leaves our active case count at 159 cases.

Below is the weekly graphic prepared by our Health District. A related note in our fatalities, they have all occurred in the 60+ age group with an average age of 85 years old.

The Governor also spoke today at 2pm and announced some adjustments to his current orders. While the Governor has lifted some restrictions, I urge the proprietors and patrons of each business to make wise choices. Sick folks should stay home as well as those with any underlying illnesses. You may find details at the following website:
https://gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas

As I mentioned, there are 4 families among us that have lost a loved one. Please continue to remember these families in your prayer time.

Testing for COVID-19

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Guidance on Interpreting COVID-19 Test Results pdf icon[610 KB]external icon: A guide for interpreting test results and determining what actions to take.

Two kinds of tests are available for COVID-19: viral tests and antibody tests.

  • A viral test tells you if you have a current infection.
  • An antibody test tells you if you had a previous infection.

An antibody test may not be able to show if you have a current infection, because it can take 1-3 weeks after infection to make antibodies. We do not know yet if having antibodies to the virus can protect someone from getting infected with the virus again, or how long that protection might last.

Who should be tested

To learn if you have a current infection, viral tests are used. But not everyone needs this test.

  • Most people will have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care and may not need to be tested.
  • CDC has guidance for who should be tested, but decisions about testing are made by state and localexternal icon health departments or healthcare providers.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, call your healthcare provider first.
  • You can also visit your state or local health department’s website to look for the latest local information on testing.
  • Although supplies of tests are increasing, it may still be difficult to find a place to get tested.
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One thought on “CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 5/19/2020

  1. Thanks to my friend Diane Jones, I am keeping up to date with your blog. And thank you for keeping us informed. I wanted to forward the following from the Overton Brooks VA Hospital in Shreveport’s website:

    Drive-Thru testing is available from 9 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Friday, for eligible Veterans. Appointments are preferred. Veterans who wish to be tested may use myhealth.va.gov to communicate via secure messaging. Veterans may also call 318-990-5000 or 800-644-8370 to speak with their primary care team, who will submit the order for testing.

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