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Duval County Sheriff Deputy tested positive for COVID-19

Staff Writer
Alice Echo News Journal

SAN DIEGO – A Duval County Sheriff Deputy took to social media Monday to tell people that she had contracted coronavirus (COVID-19).

She was tested last week and isolated herself. The positive result was made on Saturday to Jim Wells County and then to the appropriate people. The deputy is a resident of JWC.

She wants people to be aware of COVID-19 and that people must take this virus seriously and take care of themselves.

“The first symptom I had was a dry cough. I had just dealt with an 18 wheeler that caught fire so I thought that's why I had it. I then started to feel real down (not myself) about an hour later. When I got home, I started to get the chills real bad, couldn't sleep (little different from when I normally get a fever). Next came the fever, body aches, fatigue, headaches, stuffy nose, sore throat with the cough. Through the processes I could breathe...but if I took a deep breathe it triggered me to cough (it hurts), and it gets worse at night...I’ve been sick for 9 days already,” she said on Facebook.

The deputy also wanted to let the public know that all her symptoms must be gone and she must also have two negative COVID-19 tests before she is allowed to return to the public.

Duval County Sheriff Romeo Ramirez had all his employees tested for the virus as a precaution and there has been deep cleaning at the department periodically since the virus began.

A COVID-19 testing site will be held at the San Diego Civic Center on Wednesday, June 24 from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. The testing is free and available to anyone with a photo ID.

Officials continue to urge everyone to follow CDC guidelines such as wearing face masks, social distancing and washing hands.