Following first COVID-19 case, McIntosh County announces curfew

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DARIEN, Ga. (WSAV) — Hours after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in McIntosh County, officials announced a curfew would be put into place starting Monday night.

From 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. it is “unlawful for any person to travel, loiter, wander or stroll” in public areas. This goes into effect Monday, March 30 until Sunday, April 19.

Those who are traveling to and from work or getting medical treatment or food are exempt from the curfew. And those traveling on Interstate 95 through the county are also exempt.

The City of Darien issued an order Monday to reflect the county’s order.

News 3 spoke with the McIntosh County resident who tested positive for the new virus and is at home recovering.

The individual did not want to be identified but said she took the test last week and was notified of the results on Monday.

She said her symptoms were similar to that of a sinus infection and bronchitis.

She told News 3 she was doing fine and felt lucky to be alive.

Its been four weeks to the day since Georgia announced its first two cases of COVID-19.

The state has now reported more than 3,000 cases and 100 deaths. Locally, the first two deaths were confirmed Monday in Chatham County.

Health officials say the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus, which is mainly spread from person to person.

To learn better ways to protect yourself, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website here.

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