A second North Carolina person, unrelated to the first case, has tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The test, conducted by the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health, is presumptive positive and will be confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab. The person is doing well and is in isolation at home. Read more here.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I get more information about the new coronavirus and what's going on in Lee County?
This page is being updated as new information becomes available.
A great resource is the State's Coronavirus Helpline. If you would like to speak to someone, please call 866-462-3821 or email@example.com. Additionally you can call the Lee County Health Department at 1-919-718-4640 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I think I may have the new coronavirus. What should I do?
If you have traveled recently to an area where there is widespread transmission of the new coronavirus, have a fever and/or cough and difficulty breathing, or have had close contact (within six feet for 10 minutes or more) with a person with confirmed COVID-19 in the last 14 days before your symptoms began, follow this guidance:
- Call your doctor or medical provider. They will be able to assess your level of risk. Before you visit your medical provider, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
- Call 911 if it is an emergency.
- Stay at home except to get medical care. Avoid contact with others.
It is important to note that there are lots of respiratory illnesses going around right now. It could be a cold or the flu – or something else. Please call your doctor to find out for sure.
Could I have caught the new coronavirus from someone in the area who tested positive?
Public health staff are working to identify anyone who may have come into close contact with the individual who tested presumptive positive for the new coronavirus. Currently, “close contact” is defined as people who were within six feet of the symptomatic individual for at least 10 minutes.
Any potential close contacts who are identified will be contacted by the public health department to assess their risk of exposure and implement the appropriate public health recommendations.
Wash your hands: Wash your hands frequently 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&water especially if visibly dirty.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Stay home when you are sick.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
It is important to reduce stigma and avoid incorrectly directing fear or anger at others. According to the CDC, “Stigma hurts everyone by creating more fear or anger towards ordinary people instead of the disease that is causing the problem. We can fight stigma and help not hurt others by providing social support. We can communicate the facts that being Chinese or Asian American does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19.” Learn more at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/related-stigma.html
The CDC does not recommend that the general American public wear a facemask to protect themselves against the new coronavirus. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of the new coronavirus to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Symptoms: Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and may include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
For more frequently asked questions, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html or https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses.