Davie has first confirmed case of COVID-19

Published 2:08 pm Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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Davie County has its first confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus.

Officials released little information about the case, other than the case is believed to be travel related.

Suzanne Wright, director of Davie’s Health and Human Services Department, said patitent confidentiality requirements prevented release of such information as how the person is doing, where they are located or what areas they may have visited after contracting the virus.

“I will say that most individuals with COVID-19 recover at home without the need for hospitalization. If someone has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (fever of 100.4 or greater, cough, shortness of breath), we recommend, per CDC (Center for Disease Control) guidance, that individuals remain at home for seven days and 72 hours have passed without using any anti-fever medications for fever control.

“Individuals with symptoms should isolate themselves from others in the home by remaining in a separate part of the home if possible,” she said.

They should contact their health care provider by phone or other remote method.

The agency is no longer completing “contact tracing” for COVID-19 because of the sheer number of cases expected.

“For COVID-19, public health staff will certainly follow up with household members and provide guidance,” Wright said.

She said there is nothing specific to the Davie case that would warrant further prevention or control measures.

Her advice remains the same.

“Social distancing and handwashing are critically important control measures. Public health staff ask that you stay at home if you can. For situations when you cannot stay at home, like going to the grocery store … wash your hands regularly and stay six feet apart from others.”

For more detailed guidance on COVID-19, visit www.daviecountync.gov/96/Health-Department.

N.C. Rep. Julia Howard of Mocksville has been appointed to the bipartisan N.C. House Select Committee on COVID-19.

“Our top priority is relieving the stress from our business leaders and those whose employment has been efected by COVID-19,” Howard said. “I will continue doing all that I can to assist in this response and keep our residents updated and safe.”

She said the state is financially prepared for the crisis, with more than $1 billion in rainy day reserves.

“We are ready. Our residents can have confidence North Carolina’s legislature will provide another robust policy and economic response to help them weather his storm of uncertainty and