July 17, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE – LINCOLN COUNTY, NC
Lincolnton, NC – The Lincoln County Health Department continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19. The following counts are based on data reported to the Lincoln County Health Department as of today: there are 152 positive-active cases of COVID-19 in Lincoln County, 364 positive-recovered case, 48 others have been tested and are considered persons under investigation (PUI) and 2 COVID-19 related deaths.
• A positive recovered case is a person who tested positive in a commercial, state, or CDC lab but has now met the state criteria for clearance.
• A PUI is a person who was tested based on COVID-19 testing criteria and is self-isolating until test results are received.
The next Lincoln County COVID-19 data update will be released on July 21, 2020.
ONLINE TOOLS TO INCREASE ACCESS TO TESTING
Do you think you should be tested for COVID-19?
Check My Symptoms Tool: www.ncdhhs.gov/symptoms
Find My Testing Place: www.ncdhhs.gov/TestingPlace
- A public website that allows people to check their symptoms to decide if they should be tested.
COVID-19 Community Team Outreach (CCTO) Tool
- A public website that helps people locate testing sites near you.
LINCOLN COUNTY CONTACT TRACING INFORMATION
- An online software that helps people track their symptoms when advised to do so by the COVID-19 Community Team to help with contact tracing statewide.
REMEMBER THE “3 W’s” AND REDUCE YOUR RISK OF EXPOSURE TO COVID-19
- Local health department staff continue to communicate with people who may have come into close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 to provide information, resources, and support during the quarantine period.
- It is important that you continue to work with our contact tracing team to determine your risk for COVID-19 and limit the spread in our community to protect those at high risk.
- Contact tracers WILL NEVER ask for your social security number or financial information.
- All information shared during the calls is considered private health information and will be kept confidential.
- Wear a cloth face covering when in public. For instructions to make your own face cover, visit: https://bit.ly/2zjTQpJ.
- Wait in lines for service at least 6 feet apart to avoid close contact.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or rub hands with hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol until they feel dry.
COVID-19 CONSIDERATIONS GOING FORWARD
- As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, the likelihood of being exposed to COVID-19 will continue to increase as cases increase.
- As cases continue to increase, many residents will know someone that may become infected while others may contract COVID-19 themselves.
- While stress and anxiety may run high due to direct impact, it is important to understand that the virus has a very high recovery rate.
- Please refrain from spreading rumors and inaccuracies regarding COVID-19 occurrences to help reduce stress and minimize community panic.
COVID-19 RESOURCES IN LINCOLN COUNTY
- Lincoln County Health Department triage line, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm: 704-736-8510.
- Atrium Health triage line, 24/7: 704-512-5700
- Novant Health triage line, 24/7: 877-499-1697
- For assistance during COVID-19, Dial 211 or 888-892-1162, or Text COVIDNC to 898211
- For a COVID-19 Lincoln County Resource Guide, visit https://bit.ly/3bAeAbf
- If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed due to COVID-19 and would like to talk to a counselor, call the free and confidential Hope4NC Helpline at 1-855-587-3463.
- To sign up to receive Citizen Alerts about emergencies or other important community news, visit https://bit.ly/2XKYx5U
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