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UPDATED: SCHD issues public announcement for possible COVID-19 exposure


The Sullivan County Health Department released a statement informing Sullivan County residents that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 at the Sullivan Moose Lodge.

Per SCHD policy, when three or more households are involved in a common event/location/gathering, a public announcement is made.

“When three or more households are involved, we have to notify the public,” Kelly Wood, the SCHD health nurse, said. “So at least three people have tested positive for COVID-19.”

If you attended bingo at the lodge on Sept. 21, Sept. 28 or Oct. 5, there is a possibility that you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

A manager at the local Moose lodge explained their efforts at deterring COVID-19.

“We sanitize the building daily and we have now added a sign that says if you don’t feel well don’t come in,” John Devine said. “Masks are required (in the building) and we now take temperatures for everyone that comes in.”

Devine said the lodge had been informed about two weeks ago of a COVID-19 exposure.

“It was a person that came to play bingo,” Devine said.

Since that time, there have been more bingo nights at the lodge.

Wood explained that the SCHD contacted the lodge on Wednesday about the exposure.

“We still plan to have regular bingo,” Devine said.

The SCHD asks those who attended these three bingo events to make sure they are not showing symptoms. These are the following symptoms, if you feel you may have been exposed.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • fever or chills;
  • cough;
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
  • fatigue;
  • muscle or body aches;
  • headache;
  • sore throat;
  • congestion or runny nose;
  • nausea/vomiting;
  • diarrhea; and
  • new loss of taste and smell.

If you begin to experience symptoms of COVID-19, seek testing and self-isolate from your family. Remain self-isolated until you have your test results. Testing sites can be found at or call (888) 634-1116.

Contact the SCHD at (812) 268-0224 for any questions.

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