Has there been a salmonella outbreak in Covington/Newton County?

Yes.  We are currently investigating a confirmed Salmonella outbreak in Newton County.

When did it begin?

The outbreak was reported to our office on May 4th.  The investigation is ongoing.

Where did it originate/what is the cause?

We are still investigating the outbreak including identifying the source and commonalities among those that are ill.

How many people have been affected?

Approximately 70 individuals have reported illness to the Health Department.

Have there been any serious cases/hospitalizations?

Many individuals have sought care with their primary physicians and/or urgent care.  At this point we are aware of four individuals who were hospitalized due to their illness.