Albemarle Regional Health Services confirms first COVID-19 case in northeastern NC

Published 6:17 pm Thursday, March 19, 2020

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Albemarle Regional Health Services (ARHS) health director R. Battle Betts Jr. has been notified of the region’s first lab confirmed case of COVID-19. The individual is a resident of Pasquotank County and is at home on isolation.

ARHS is asking its community citizens to be vigilant in practicing preventive and safety measures that will help prevent the spread of the virus. These precautions include:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

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Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Practice social distancing; avoid handshakes, hugs and other close contact.

Further information about COIVD-19 can be found here:

Albemarle Regional Health Services –; North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services –; and the Center for Disease Control –



North Carolina documents first case of COVID-19 community spread

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