The Latest (3/30/20):
SHELBY, N.C. — A fifth Cleveland County resident has tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The person involved in this case did not recently travel or have direct contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19, indicating community transmission. Local health department personnel are working with the individual to identify close contacts.
“This is the second case of COVID-19 in the county that appears to be caused by community transmission,” Interim Cleveland County Health Director Deshay Oliver said. “This confirms that COVID-19 is now spreading throughout our community. I strongly urge county residents to comply with the Stay-at-Home Executive Order that goes into effect Monday at 5:00 p.m. Residents should only leave their homes for essential services and, when doing so, should take proper precautions such as social distancing and hand washing.”
Because there is now community transmission of COVID-19 in Cleveland County, it can be expected that the county’s case count will continue to rise. Moving forward, instead of publishing a press release for each new case, the Cleveland County Health Department will maintain in real time the county’s current number of COVID-19 cases at https://clevelandcounty.com/cchd/corona-virus-information/. This will allow the Health Department to keep the public up to date with the most accurate information available. In addition, the Health Department will continue to provide updates and pertinent information through local news outlets, social media, and press releases when appropriate.
Original Story (3/20/2020):
SHELBY, NC –– A Cleveland County resident has tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The test, conducted by a commercial lab, is presumptively positive and will be confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab. While awaiting confirmation of results from the CDC, presumptive cases are treated as positive and follow CDC guidelines to protect public health and limit the spread of infection. The person is doing well and is in isolation at home at this time.
“I know that people are worried about this virus, and I want to assure Cleveland County residents that the local health department and other community partners, including other healthcare providers, are working together to prevent and mitigate the spread of the virus in our community as much as possible,” said DeShay Oliver, Interim Health Director, Cleveland County Health Department. Local health department officials are identifying close contacts to monitor symptoms and contain spread. To protect individual privacy, no further information will be released.
Because COVID-19 is most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, everyone should take the same measures that healthcare providers recommend annually to prevent the spread of the flu and other viruses, including washing your hands, staying home when you are sick, avoiding touching your face, covering coughs and sneezes, and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
If you are sick with fever and symptoms of respiratory illness such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, you are encouraged to stay home and contact your healthcare provider if symptoms persist or worsen. If you have a fever or symptoms of respiratory illness and have had direct contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or have traveled to a geographic area highly impacted by COVID-19, stay home and contact your healthcare provider immediately.