Health department identifies 3rd COVID-19 case in Davidson County

Jill Doss-Raines


Mar 25, 2020 at 7:57 PM

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The Davidson County Health Department has been notified of a third positive case of COVID-19 in the county, according to information on the agency’s Facebook page and website.

“This is the first reported Davidson County case of COVID-19 that was acquired by community transmission,” according to information on the Davidson County Health Department webpage and Facebook page.

Janna Walker, public health strategist for the Davidson County Health Department, said Thursday morning this third positive case of COVID-19 in the county is different from the first two positive test cases, because they know the person who tested positive with this third positive case did not travel outside of North Carolina.

“It (coronavirus) was picked up here,” she said.

Walker said the public should be extremely diligent with social distancing — remaining at least 6 feet away from others in public —and going out only when necessary to get food or medicine or for work if you are an “essential” worker. In addition, avoid touching public surfaces, such as door handles with your bare hands if possible. Bring disinfectant wipes or use those provided at the store when touching surfaces in the store.

“For example, after touching something at a grocery store, wash your hands,” she said. “Close contact is being within 6-feet of someone for 10 minutes are longer. Just because you pass by someone at a grocery store does not mean you will get this if they have it. It’s close contact for a certain amount of time that puts you at risk.”

On Sunday, March 22, officials were made aware of a second positive case of the coronavirus.

The health department officials said then the second case was not considered acquired by community transmission in Davidson County because they came into contact with the virus traveling outside of North Carolina. The individual is working with the health department and close contacts are being notified by our communicable disease staff.

“COVID-19 continues to spread in North Carolina,” said Lillian Koontz, Davidson County Health Department director earlier this week. “It is critical we each do our part to stop the spread: stay at home if you are sick, only leave your home for essential functions including work, food, medical needs, necessary supplies; wash our hands often, and practice six feet of separation from others. While these behavior modifications are challenging to our everyday way of life, it is the most effective way to limit community transmission in Davidson County. I urge us all to take these steps to protect ourselves and each other,”

The health department confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 on March 16. The individual who tested positive reported travel outside of North Carolina, but within the continental United States within the last two weeks.

The Davidson County Health Department strongly encourages the community to adhere to the governor’s mitigation recommendations and executive orders, including practicing social distancing and eliminating nonessential travel.

Walker said during an earlier interview that there is an anticipation that the number of confirmed cases will increase over the next several weeks and the public needs to take the governor’s executive orders seriously.

Managing Editor Jill Doss-Raines can be reached at (336) 249-3981 at ext. 219 or at

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