Health officials confirm second positive coronavirus case in Camden County

Posted at 5:19 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 17:19:48-04

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – Albemarle Regional Health Services announced Friday that there has been a second lab-confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in Camden County.

Health officials say the person is in isolation.

ARHS is following North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services guidelines on contact tracing of anyone 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.

The department says 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 those in the community 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.
  • 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; stay at least six feet away from others, avoid unnecessary travel, avoid handshakes, hugs and other close contact.
  • Wear a cloth face covering in public when social distancing measures are hard to maintain.

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