SHELBY, N.C. — A Cleveland County resident has tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) while on vacation in Brunswick County. The individual arrived at the beach on March 16 and became symptomatic while there.
The individual went to a healthcare provider in Brunswick County and tested positive. The individual will remain in Brunswick County until the required isolation period is over. Because the individual is a county resident, Cleveland County Health Department personnel will remotely monitor the individual’s temperature and other symptoms daily and have begun contact tracing for the individual.
Anyone that is determined to be a close contact of the individual since symptom onset will be notified and asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
The individual traveled with a companion that will serve as the individual’s primary caregiver during the isolation period. This companion will be expected to self-monitor for symptoms during this time and self-isolate for a period of 14 days beyond the positive individual’s isolation period to ensure that symptoms do not develop.
“This situation reinforces the importance of staying home and not participating in non-essential travel during this time,” Interim Cleveland County Health Director Deshay Oliver said. “Everyone has a role to play. If we all stay home as much as possible and practice social distancing, frequent handwashing, and follow other recommendation set forth, we can flatten the curve and hopefully prevent this from becoming widespread within our community. Everyone needs to do their part.”
If you have fever, cough, or other symptoms of respiratory illness, even if not from COVID-19, you should isolate yourself as if you have COVID-19. This will reduce the risk of making the people around you sick. If symptoms worsen or you become concerned about your health, call your healthcare provider. Your doctor can help you decide if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
Anyone in your household or others who have been in close contact with you should, as much as possible, stay home for 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms. Close contact means being within six feet of another person for at least 10 minutes. Anyone who starts having symptoms of COVID-19 should take the same steps to prevent spreading it.