Union County government officials report 13 coronavirus cases, confirm community spread

Union County government officials report 13 coronavirus cases, confirm community spread
Union County government officials say there are currently 13 cases of coronavirus in the county, and they have also confirmed community spread. (Source: WBTV)

UNION COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - Union County government officials say there are currently 13 cases of coronavirus in the county, and they have also confirmed community spread.

On Monday, officials released a map showing the 13 cases and where they are in the county.

On Monday, officials released a map showing the 13 cases and where they are in the county.
On Monday, officials released a map showing the 13 cases and where they are in the county. (Source: Union County)

On Saturday at 12:22 p.m., the county’s Facebook page posted an end-of-day update and reported that three new cases were confirmed Saturday, bringing the county’s total to nine. Officials did not give any information on these people.

On Friday, three other cases were confirmed.

Around 7:30 p.m. Friday, officials posted to Facebook that Union County’s Division of Public Health identified individuals who have contracted coronavirus from community spread. The CDC defines community spread as spread of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown.

“We strongly encourage residents stay home as much as possible, avoid contact with people who are sick, and take preventative measures to stay healthy,” the Facebook post read.

Union County’s Division of Public Health has identified individuals who have contracted COVID-19 from community spread....

Posted by Union County Government on Friday, March 20, 2020

On Thursday, officials reported that the second person who tested positive for coronavirus in the county was a middle-aged person who recently returned from international travel.

“Because of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, we anticipated additional cases,” said Dennis Joyner, Director of Public Health. “Our primary focus at this time is ensuring the individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 are getting any medical care needed, are in isolation, and are following other protocols in accordance with CDC guidelines to limit exposure to others.”

On Wednesday, Union County officials reported the first case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the county.

The first person who tested positive, whose name and location have not been released, is being monitored and following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols, county officials say. The Union County Public Health Communicable Disease team is following up with others who may have been in contact with the individual and monitoring per CDC guidance.

“We understand the community may be concerned by a positive for the virus close to home,” said Michelle Lancaster, Deputy County Manager and Human Services Agency Director. “Our Public Health team has anticipated further spread of the virus and has prepared for this situation. At this point, we strongly encourage residents to stay informed and take every precaution recommended by the CDC to limit exposure to, and spread of, this virus.”

Health officials are identifying any contacts the person may have had in an effort to limit the exposure to others. You can check for updates on the Union County COVID-19 web page here.

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