Local health officials talk about the two new COVID-19 cases in Bay County

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - With the number of cases going up, some residents are concerned the virus could spread in our area.

Two Bay County residents are the newest cases in our area to come down with COVID-19. (WJHG/WECP)

"I can see that Bay County's on a really slippery slope and could be headed to a disaster really quick,” said Bay County resident Stephanie Lane.

Lane is a dental hygienist.

"Personally I feel okay because I know what to do for myself,” says Lane.

But it’s others she’s more concerned about.

"A lot of people are giving themselves a false sense of security because you see people wearing gloves,” Lane says. “And they don't really understand the way personal protective equipment works."

Officials with the Department of Health in Bay County are trying to put people’s minds at ease, but at the same time reminding them to remain vigilant.

"The Florida Department of Health's goal is to always protect our patients,” said Sandon Speedling, Administrator and Health Officer for Bay County’s Florida Department of Health.

Two Bay County residents are the newest cases in our area to come down with COVID-19.

One is a 74-year-old woman, the other is a 55-year-old man.

"We are still investigating, you know, these cases so we need to have the full information before we can discuss whether or not we have any community spread, or if these were travel related,” Bay County Health Department's Public Information Officer, Heather Kretzer.

Regardless of how the new cases were spread, health officials are still pushing for people to take the necessary precautions.

"We're asking people to stay at home, also washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water and staying six feet away from people. When you do have to go out, limiting your grocery store trips to, you know once a week,” said Kretzer.

"Don't just keep getting out for no reason, I see people just still going and doing and I don't understand,” said Lane.

Health officials are encouraging people 65 and older and those with underlying health issues to please stay home.

UPDATE: The Bay County DOH says the 74 year-old woman is a non-travel related case. The 55 year-old man is travel related (Florida and Puerto Rico). They are residents of Youngstown and Lynn Haven but the DOH did not specify who lives where.

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