Diane Turbyfill Shelby Star staff @ShelbyStarDiane
Mar 27, 2020 at 7:28 PM
A third Cleveland County resident has tested positive for novel coronavirus, according to a press release from the Cleveland County Health Department.
The person involved in this third case did not recently travel or have direct contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19. The individual is isolating at home and will remain in isolation until discontinued by local health department personnel, who are also working with the individual to identify close contacts.
“This case is the first confirmation of community transmission of COVID-19 within Cleveland County,” Interim Cleveland County Health Director Deshay Oliver said. “As a result, I am strongly in support of the Stay-at-Home Executive order announced just moments ago. I recommend that residents stay home as much as possible and only go out when it is absolutely necessary.”
If you have fever, cough, or other symptoms of respiratory illness, even if it is not from COVID-19, you should isolate yourself as if you do have COVID-19. This will reduce the risk of making the people around you sick. Call your doctor if your symptoms are getting worse or if you have concerns about your health. Anyone in your household, or others who have been in close contact with you, should stay home for fourteen (14) days as much as possible and monitor themselves for symptoms. If they start having symptoms of COVID-19, they should take the same steps to prevent spreading it.
To stay up to date on COVID-19 in North Carolina, visit www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus or text COVIDNC to 898211. Call 2-1-1 (or 888-892-1162) for general questions or for help finding human services resources in your community.