Pierce County resident is isolated at home

[Editor’s Note: This article has been updated by a more recent story found HERE.]

The state’s Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Pierce County Public Health Department announced Monday that a second person has tested positive for COVID-19.

The person was exposed while traveling within the U.S. and is currently isolated at home, official say. County health officials are working to determine people who have been in contact with the patient to isolate or quarantine people and test those who are exhibiting symptoms.

Officials will hold a media briefing Tuesday.

“With a second confirmed case in our state we continue to urge state residents to take precautions to avoid illness,” said State Health Officer Jeanne Ayers. “As guidance is evolving, it’s important for people to monitor the DHS and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites for the latest information on COVID-19.”

People who have traveled to places with active COVID-19 in the past 14 days are asked to self-monitor and self-quarantine themselves. If symptoms, like fever, cough, or breathing problems occur, they are asked to contact their local health department and health care provider for possible testing.