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First Granville citizen tests positive for COVID-19

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OXFORD — One person tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, Granville County officials said. 

To protect the patient’s privacy, no additional information about the individual will be shared by the health department. The affected person is currently in isolation at home. Officials have not said where in Granville County the person lives. 

“This is not a surprise, as we know what’s happening across the state and nation,” said Granville Vance Public Health Director Lisa Macon Harrison. “We expect there will be more cases as testing continues to increase. Residents should be prepared; not scared. We want to remind everyone to continue to practice prevention measures and social distancing as we try to contain the spread of COVID-19.”

Families of individuals who are confirmed positive for COVID-19 will be given information about isolation and quarantine and asked to monitor symptoms. 

Currently, across the state and nation, there is not enough access to personal protective equipment or sample collection kits to test everyone across the district or state, so residents of Granville and Vance Counties are asked to not seek a test for coronavirus unless they have symptoms of both fever as lower respiratory symptoms (cough or difficulty breathing). 

At this time, state guidance continues to require those symptoms be present in order to send in a sample for testing.

While the illness isn’t severe for most people, it can be really serious for some. GVPH is taking appropriate steps to stop its spread.

“As seen in other countries and states with more cases, people often recover from coronavirus,” Harrison said. “It is not yet understood why, but children tend to fare well, experiencing a lighter version of the virus and recovering more easily than adults from what is known so far.”

A global dashboard with real-time data is available on the GVPH web site at https://gvph.org/COVID-19/.

Granville Vance Public Health continues to work closely with partners across Granville and Vance counties, including hospitals, private providers, school systems, community health centers, senior centers, county and city governments, churches, emergency managers, and many others to provide education and guidance regarding mitigation efforts. 

Harrison said it’s important to get information about this pandemic from trusted fact-based sources like the CDC, the World Health Organization, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, and Granville Vance Public Health. 

Staying healthy

Regardless of risk status, there are things people can do to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a generous amount of hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol, on all surfaces of the hands and wrists.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Disinfect surfaces – especially ones that are frequently touched – using household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Stay home if you’re sick. 

Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Understand things are changing quickly and everyone is still learning.

If you are sick

What to do and when to seek medical evaluation and advice:

If you or a family member has fever and lower respiratory symptoms (cough or difficulty breathing), call your healthcare provider first.

Emergency rooms need to be able to serve the most critically ill so do not use the emergency room unless you are very sick. 

Emergency warning signs include, but are not limited to:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 and tell them your symptoms.

You may also call the statewide Coronavirus Helpline at 1-866-462-3821, which is answered 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

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