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Coronavirus: First positive test in Marion County

Marion County has its first positive test for COVID-19.

The Health Department announced the patient is a 59-year-old woman.

Staff are conducting a contact investigation, identifying and notifying people who will need to monitor themselves for symptoms over 14 days.

In a news release announcing the positive test, DOH-Marion Administrator Mark Lander urges residents to practice social distancing, stay home when sick, wash their hands, and cover coughs and sneezes.

These strategies can help slow down the spread of the coronavirus, which threatens to overwhelm health systems.

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