April 2, 2020, 11:20 am
Elizabeth City, NC – Albemarle Regional Health Services Health Director R. Battle Betts, Jr., MPA, has received notification of the second lab confirmed case of COVID-19 in Currituck County. The individual is currently isolated in another state and has not been in Currituck since January.
ARHS is following North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) 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.
ARHS will continue to closely monitor other cases in Currituck County but will no longer publish additional press releases for each individual case due to community transmission of COVID-19 throughout our communities.
NCDHHS has implemented a COVID-19 Case Count for the state on their website. Information about the number of positive cases and tests performed throughout the state are updated daily. A state map can also be viewed which highlights cases within each county. This information can be found at https://www.ncdhhs.gov/covid-19-case-count-nc
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 our community citizens to be vigilant in practicing preventive and safety measures that will help prevent the spread of the virus.