1 st Duplin County Resident Tests Positive for Coronavirus
A Duplin County resident has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This is Duplin County’s first case since COVID-19 was reported in the state of North Carolina. Duplin County Health Department was notified of the positive test on March 24th, 2020, by the resident’s primary care physician. It has been determined by the Health Department, that this case was a result of travel related contact with someone having COVID-19.
Duplin County Health Department staff are monitoring the individual and are following up with all persons identified as a close contact to the case. The patient, along with their family, are currently following isolation protocol at home in accordance with CDC protocol and are under the supervision of Duplin County Health Department.
Duplin County Health Department continues to reinforce and promote the message of social distancing,proper hand washing hygiene, as well as personal and community safety. All residents are urged to take the appropriate measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
• Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or more, if soap is unavailable use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
• Do not touch your face, eyes, nose and mouth.
• Avoid all contact with sick people or persons.
• Implement social distancing at all times when around others.
• Clean and disinfect all surfaces.
• Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue away.
• Stay home if you are sick and keep sick children home.
It is important to implement social distancing at all times to avoid large crowds and personal exposure to anyone who falls in the high-risk category. Duplin County Health Department has activated a telephone line specifically dedicated to COVID-19: 910-296-2130 (ext. 8160). This line is for general questions and no medical advice or assessments will be given from this line. Duplin County residents,who have traveled to an area where COVID-19 is present within the last 14 days and have symptoms and are concerned need to contact their primary physician or healthcare provider.