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Three Rivers Public Health Department to stop providing COVID-19 site exposure information

 Washington County officials give an update Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Blair on their response to COVID-19 in the county. (John Gutowski / WOWT)
Washington County officials give an update Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Blair on their response to COVID-19 in the county. (John Gutowski / WOWT) (WOWT)
Published: Mar. 31, 2020 at 10:55 AM CDT
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A day after 10 additional COVID-19 cases related to the Carter House outbreak were announced, the Three Rivers Public Health Department director said her department would no longer divulge where infected people have been.

Uhing says that going forward, her department won't be listing where positive cases have been because it gives a false sense of security, Three Rivers Health Director Terra Uhing said. "It is everywhere."

She said the list of these locations is too long, and that people need to be careful wherever they're going.

"This is serious," Uhing said. "This is here in all the communities. And I believe we haven't started to see what this surge will look like."

She is urging the community to keep themselves as isolated as possible.

"This is serious, and it is scary," Uhing said. "And we have got to have people take this seriously and stay home."

There are 19 positive COVID-19 cases in Washington County — 17 of those are related to the Carter House outbreak, Uhing said Tuesday.

The first case was confirmed March 23. Since then, a total of 13 residents tested positive; five are currently hospitalized, and one is isolation at home with family, Uhing said.

Six staff members have also tested positive, she said.

Uhing and other area officials

after one of the Carter House residents had been hospitalized.

Last week, Uhing said authorities there believed the healthcare worker caught coronavirus at a community event — not necessarily in Washington County — and brought it into the facility.

Saturday, the health department confirmed

and were put into quarantine.

Residents who have not tested positive were moved to other facilities, Uhing said Tuesday.

Elsewhere under the jurisdiction of Three Rivers Health Department: Dodge County currently has three confirmed cases of coronavirus, and there are two in Saunders County.

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