May 6, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE – LINCOLN COUNTY, NC
Lincolnton, NC – The Lincoln County Health Department continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19. The following counts are based on data reported to the Lincoln County Health Department as of today: 876 total people have been tested for COVID-19, of those there are 14* positive-active cases of COVID-19 in Lincoln County, 24 positive-recovered case, 827 other people have tested negative for COVID-19, and 11 others have been tested and are considered persons under investigation (PUI).
*Please be aware that ten (10) COVID-19 cases that have been identified in Lincoln County since April 28, 2020 are attributed to an isolated private household exposure, and all close contacts have been identified.
• A positive active case is a person who tested positive in a commercial, state, or CDC lab and remains in isolation until cleared.
• A positive recovered case is a person who tested positive in a commercial, state, or CDC lab but has now met the state criteria for clearance.
• A negative case is a person that is no longer considered a PUI because they tested negative in a commercial or state lab.
• A PUI is a person who was tested based on COVID-19 testing criteria and is self-isolating until test results are received. During the period of self-isolation, the Lincoln County Health Department provides daily contact management to all PUIs to monitor symptoms or contacts.
The next Lincoln County COVID-19 data update will be released on May 8, 2020.
How can you protect yourself and others from the spread of coronavirus?
KNOW HOW IT CAN SPREAD
The virus is thought to spread through person-to-person contact in the following ways:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- By respiratory droplets that are expelled when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
- Some recent studies suggest that it can be spread by asymptomatic individuals.
CLEAN YOUR HANDS OFTEN
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol and rub until they feel dry.
AVOID CLOSE CONTACT
Stay away from people who are sick and stay home as much as possible. Keeping your distance from people is important because some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
USE A CLOTH FACE COVER WHEN AROUND OTHERS
Everyone, age 2 and older, should wear a cloth face cover when in public and continue to practice social distancing. The cloth cover will help reduce the spread of infection. For instructions to make your own face cover, visit:
COVER COUGHS AND SNEEZES
Use a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow if a tissue is not available. Throw used tissues in the trash, and immediately wash your hands.
CLEAN AND DISINFECT
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. If surfaces are visibly dirty, clean with soap and water prior to disinfection, then use a household disinfectant to clean surfaces.
What should you do if you are sick?
STAY HOME EXCEPT TO GET MEDICAL CARE
Most people with COVID-19 will recover at home without needing medical care. Take care of yourself and stay in touch with your doctor, while avoiding public places.
SEPARATE YOURSELF FROM OTHER PEOPLE AND PETS IN YOUR HOME
Stay in a specific room away from others and pets and use a separate bathroom, if available. Wear a cloth face cover if you must be around people outside the home.
KNOW WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL CARE
For mild symptoms, call ahead before visiting your doctor. If you have any severe or emergency symptoms, seek medical care immediately by calling your doctor or 911.
KNOW WHEN YOU CAN STOP ISOLATING YOURSELF
If you are sick with COVID-19 or believe you might have it, you should stay home and separate yourself from other people in the home as much as possible. You can leave home after these three things have happened:
1. You have had no fever for at least 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.
2. It has been at least 72 hours since your respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath) have improved.
3. At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
Are you feeling blue or stressed?
KNOW HOW TO COPE WITH STRESS CAUSED BY THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK
COVID-19 has proven stressful for many people. Fear and anxiety about the disease, coupled with recent life changes can cause strong emotions in adults and children.
- Take breaks from watching or reading news stories about coronavirus.
- Take care of yourself by practicing deep breathing or meditation, eating healthy, exercising, getting adequate sleep and making time to unwind.
- Connect with others and talk to friends or family about how you are feeling.
If you are feeling overwhelmed or would like to speak with a counselor, please call the Hope4NC Helpline for free and confidential services at 1-855-587-3463.
Continue to monitor communications by local, state and federal representatives:
- For Lincoln County specific updates regarding COVID-19: https://bit.ly/2X9N9R8 and www.LincolnCounty.org/health
- For a COVID-19 Lincoln County Resource Guide, visit https://bit.ly/3bAeAbf
- For state and federal information regarding COVID-19: CDC and NCDHHS
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For questions or concerns regarding your risk for COVID-19, use the following numbers:
- Lincoln County Health Department triage line, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm: 704-736-8510.
- Atrium Health triage line, 24/7: 704-512-5700
- Novant Health triage line, 24/7: 877-499-1697
- Dial 211 or call the NC Coronavirus Helpline, 24/7: 1-866-462-3821