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Health official: What to do if you suspect you have COVID-19

Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.

By Sara Vanden Berge

The number of people testing positive for COVID-19 continues to grow in Texas.

Dallas County currently leads the state with the highest number of confirmed cases – 367 as of Sunday morning, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Erath County residents learned that a second case of coronavirus was confirmed Saturday night involving a Stephenville woman in her 20s.

Dr. Kelly Doggett, the city’s health authority, said he expects that number to increase in the coming days.

“It’s likely going to get a lot worse before it gets better,” he said.

If you suspect that you might be infected with the coronavirus, Dr. Doggett said the most important thing to do is stay home and isolate yourself from others that live in the same dwelling.

Dr. Kelly Doggett

“Most people with COVID-19 have very mild or mild symptoms,” he said. “Stay home and take over-the-counter meds for fever and other symptoms.”

If symptoms worsen and you begin having trouble breathing, experience chest pressure or pain, have bluish lips or face or feel confused, then you should seek emergency care by calling your doctor, emergency room or 9-1-1.

“It’s important to let the operator know you think you may have COVID-19,” he said.

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