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First coronavirus cases recorded in Mecklenburg County
Two people are in isolation at home
 
Published Thursday, March 12, 2020 3:00 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

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Two confirmed cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Mecklenburg County, according to the Public Health Department.

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The first positive confirmations of coronavirus have been reported in Mecklenburg County.

Two unidentified people have tested positive for novel coronavirus, also referred to as COVID-19 in Mecklenburg County. One of them is a Mecklenburg County resident, while the other person was tested in Mecklenburg but doesn’t live here. The tests, which were conducted by the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health will be confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab. The tested individuals are in isolation at home.


“Public Health is working closely with the State Health Department, community partners, first responders, health care providers and others to quickly identify and respond to cases that might occur,” Mecklenburg County Public Health Director Gibbie Harris said.


Health Department officials are identifying close contacts of the people who tested positively and monitoring their symptoms to contain spread of the virus. While awaiting confirmation from the CDC, the Health Department will treat presumptive cases as positive and follow federal guidelines to limit the spread of infection.


Because coronavirus is most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, people should take the same measures recommended to prevent the spread of influenza and other viruses, including washing your hands, avoiding touching your face and covering coughs and sneezes.


For more information on coronavirus in Mecklenburg, go to MeckNC.gov. You can also call the county’s virus hotline at 980-314-9400.

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