BFHD Announces First Local Case of COVID-19
Posted on 03/17/2020
Benton-Franklin Health District was notified today that a local resident has tested positive for COVID-19. The Franklin County woman in her 20s with underlying health conditions is being treated at a local hospital.  
This case appears to be linked to foreign travel. The Health District is working to identify anyone who may have an increased exposure risk because of close contact with this person. It can take over a week to receive test results.  
“As public health, we have expected this and we are prepared for this,” said Dr. Amy Person, Health Officer for Benton and Franklin Counties. “Regardless of where it was contracted, everyone can and should be taking steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”