Lenoir County leaders respond to COVID-19 cases


KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Lenoir County has been testing people for the coronavirus for several weeks. 

Leaders are addressing the county’s first confirmed case of COVID-19 and what they’re doing to slow down the spread of this virus.

Late Wednesday, the county announced a second confirmed case, another person who recently traveled.

Health workers are monitoring more than 30 other people who traveled recently or are showing coronavirus symptoms. 

Test results take one to seven days. 

Health director Pam Brown says people waiting for those results or who suspect they may have the illness should stay isolated.

“You don’t need a laboratory confirmation to know it’s just a good practice if you don’t feel well just stay away from others,” she says. 

Workers for Lenoir County emergency services are still responding to regular 911 and EMS calls, but they’re taking extra precautions. 

“If it’s a high-risk call they will let the EMS responders know that when they arrive on the scene. They will also ask questions and if they feel like that person is a high risk patient then they adjust their PPE that they wear and that is based on protocols sent down by the North Carolina office of emergency medical services,” says Jerri King, the Lenoir County Emergency Services director.

For now, leaders say there are no plans for a “stay home” order for Lenoir County. 

County leaders want people to remember, we can all play a role in curtailing the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing and following recommendations from the CDC.


KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) The Health Department has received a notification of Lenoir County’s first lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 case.

The individual was tested on March 17 and confirmation of a positive was received by the Lenoir County Health Department on Tuesday.

While the lab testing has been ongoing for several weeks, this is the only positive test reported in Lenoir County at this time.

The resident reported travel and symptoms to a local provider who ordered the test for COVID-19.

A quarantine was initiated for the household to prevent community spread.

The household has been in quarantine since the individual was tested on March 17.

The Health Department has been monitoring the household and will reach out to those who may have come in contact with the patient.

All indications are that this confirmed COVID-19 case was travel-related and the patient is recovering at home.

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