First positive COVID-19 case reported in Currituck County

Published 12:08 pm Sunday, March 29, 2020

Albemarle Regional Health Services Health Director R. Battle Betts Jr., MPA has received notification of the first lab confirmed case of COVID-19 in Currituck County. The individual is in isolation, according to a Sunday, March 29 press release from ARHS.

ARHS is following North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services guidelines on contact tracing of all individuals who may have had close contact with the case. Close contacts are defined as having direct contact with, or been within six feet for at least 10 minutes, of a case-patient while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment. Caregivers and household members of the case-patient are considered close contacts.

Public health interventions are and will continue to be an important tool to reduce transmission and prevent the spread of COVID-19. ARHS is continuing to ask community members to be vigilant in practicing preventive and safety measures that will help prevent the spread of the virus. These precautions include:

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– Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

– Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth.

– Staying home when sick.

– Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash.

– Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

– Washing 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.

– Practicing social distancing; stay at least six feet away from others, avoid unnecessary travel, avoid handshakes, hugs and other close contact.

To slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the number of people infected, ARHS advises communities to follow the guidance set by local, state and federal officials to reduce frequency of contact and increase physical distance between persons, thereby reducing the risks of person-to-person transmission.

Further information about COVID-19 can be found here:

Albemarle Regional Health Services – http://www.arhs-nc.org/

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services – https://www.ncdhhs.gov/

Center for Disease Control – https://www.cdc.gov/

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