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Buncombe COVID-19 update shows jump in cases
Wednesday, 01 July 2020 22:47

From Staff Reports

The Buncombe Health and Human Services stated in a June 22 community update on COVID-19 cases that “community spread of COVID-19 is occurring in our county.”

As of 8 pm June 22, there have been 504 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Buncombe County residents and 105 of these individuals are currently in isolation, the agency reported.

“Cases (are) spread through our community and households after interactions with coworkers; gatherings with family, friends and others; and in many cases, without any certain source of exposure. A majority of cases are occurring in 25-49 year olds.

“Over 1,050 people have been tested at the community testing sites so far. At these sites, 28 people have tested positive for COVID-19. Many people are either symptomatic or close contacts to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Please use the self-checker to assess your symptoms and to be connected to testing.

“COVID-19 testing sites for next week will be announced soon.

“Contact tracing is underway to notify close contacts of their exposure to someone with COVID-19. Individuals identified as close contacts will get a phone call from their local health department or NC OUTREACH (844-628-7223).”

In concluding, the update stated, “Interim Public Health Director, Dr. Jennifer Mullendore, urges the community to stay vigilant, saying, ‘Every contact counts and we must do the hard work now if we don’t want this situation to get worse. If you must go out in public, practice the 3 W’s. Wear a face covering when you are out in public. Wait 6 feet apart from others outside your immediate household. Wash your hands frequently.’’

 



 


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