Carteret County IDs first case of COVID-19

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BEAUFORT, N.C. (WNCT) The first case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Carteret County.

The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 recently returned from international travel and began showing symptoms after returning to North Carolina.

This individual was tested for COVID-19 on Wednesday and confirmation of a positive COVID-19 test result was received at the Carteret County Health Department on Friday from the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health.

This individual is in isolation at home at this time.

Carteret County Health Department’s Communicable Disease staff is working at this time to conduct contact tracing to make sure everyone who came into close contact with this individual is quarantined.

Close contact is anyone who was within six feet of the individual for 10 minutes or more.

To protect individual privacy, no further information will be released.

“There is nothing to indicate this was a community-acquired transmission,” stated Stephanie Cannon, Carteret County Health Director. “All indications are this was travel-related. We are following all state protocols for contact tracing.” “The Coronavirus is a very serious threat and is now confirmed in Carteret County. The virus is still accelerating in North Carolina and we need all citizens and business owners to use best practices for hygiene, to include washing hands, keep a social distance of six feet from others, and if you’re not feeling well…stay at home. We are only at the beginning phases of this crisis. Stay aware and plan ahead,” Mayor Newton said on Friday.

Effective March 23, only essential Town employees will be on duty.

Many others will be working from home.

Most Town services will continue to be provided under the same conditions announced on Monday including fire, police, building inspections, utilities, planning services, and waste removal.

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