Health officials warn of possible COVID exposure at vigil in Oneida


WAMPSVILLE — The Madison County Health Department is warning of a possible public exposure to COVID-19 at the candlelight vigil for Tyler McBain at Veterans Memorial Playfield, 360 N. Main Street in Oneida, on Wednesday, Aug. 5 between 8:30 and 9 p.m.

People who were at the vigil should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 to develop through Wednesday, Aug. 19, officials said, adding that the person infected with COVID-19 was wearing a face covering while at the vigil.

Symptoms to look for include fever, cough, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or unable to catch your breath. If residents develop any of these symptoms, Madison County advises they stay home and call their doctor to find out if they should get tested.

Those who have emergency warning signs of COVID-19, such as trouble breathing, pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or trouble waking up, or bluish lips or face, are advised to call 911 and get medical help immediately, officials urged.

The safest way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from anyone not in your household, wear a face covering when unable to keep your distance, and wash your hands often, county health officials said. It is also important to wear a face covering over your nose and mouth when in public, they said, adding that the best chance of limiting the spread of COVID-19 is by
taking steps to limit contact with people.

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