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Posted on: May 18, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Lincoln County NC, 5/18/20

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There are currently 10 positive/active cases with 5 people under investigation. Total tests and negative tests are no longer verified for Lincoln County.

Lincolnton, NC – 

The following counts are based on data reported to the Lincoln County Health Department as of 5/15/2020:

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* Total test numbers and negative test numbers have not been consistently reported to Lincoln County Health Department; therefore, total tested and confirmed negative test numbers cannot be verified for Lincoln County going forward. All positive test results and PUIs reported to Lincoln County Health Department will continue to be verified and communicated once received.

  • 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 scheduled Lincoln County COVID-19 data update will be released on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. 

Click HERE for Citizen Guidance and Precautions. The City of Lincolnton reminds residents that the Governor’s statewide Stay-at-Home order remains in effect with modifications. For questions about the order, see these FAQ’s. More information, resources & links can be found on the city website www.LincolntonNC.org/Covid 

NCDHHS updates are continuously updated and track the current case counts by county, age, gender, race, etc.

Is North Carolina slowing the spread of COVID-19?

  • MONITOR INFORMATION AS IT IS RELEASED USING THE COVID-19 NC DASHBOARD
  • Find data on key metrics and trends used to make informed decisions and ease restrictions.
  • Find data on NC COVID-19 Cases by zip code, county, and demographic factors. → To view the COVID-19 North Carolina Dashboard, visit covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard

How can you protect yourself and others from the spread of coronavirus?

REMEMBER THE “3 W’s” AND REDUCE YOUR RISK OF EXPOSURE TO COVID-19Stay_Strong_NC,_3Ws

  • WEAR a cloth face covering when in public. For instructions to make your own face cover, visit: https://bit.ly/2zjTQpJ.

  • WAIT in lines for service at least 6 feet apart to avoid close contact.
  • WASH your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or rub hands with hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol until they feel dry.

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.
  • 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 a 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: https://bit.ly/2zjTQpJ 

 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 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 
  • For assistance during COVID-19, Dial 211 or 888-892-1162, or Text COVIDNC to 898211

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