Polk has first case of Coronavirus

Published 6:38 pm Thursday, March 26, 2020

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Patient self-isolating at home

POLK COUNTY—Polk County has its first case of Coronavirus, or COVID-19.

The Polk County Health and Human Services Agency notified the media Thursday at almost 6:30 p.m. that a patient was presumptive positive for the novel coronavirus.

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“The patient was notified of their positive test after visiting their provider with symptoms of coronavirus,” said Polk County Health and Human Service Director Joshua Kennedy. “The patient was given self-isolation instructions following notification of their test and remains isolated at home.”

Kennedy said Polk County’s health and human services agency’s division of public health is in contact with the patient to coordinate and monitor the patient’s condition and conduct contact tracing.

No further information about the patient was given to protect the patient’s privacy, including age or what town they reside.

Kennedy said his agency will keep the public informed about additional cases that may arise. He said future confirmed cases will be updated on the county’s website by 4 p.m. every day.

Polk County Health and Human Services Agency urges all residents to take measures

to reduce the spread of coronavirus:

 Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time.

 Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

 Avoid close contact with people who are ill.

 Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

 Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

 Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.

For more information about the coronavirus and to read the latest guidance on

keeping yourself and others safe, visit the www.polknc.org , www.ncdhhs.org or call

the Polk County Message Line 828-722-5086.