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(July 12)

Dent County Health Center announces ninth positive COVID-19 case.

The individual is in isolation in their home. Close contacts have been identified, notified of their exposure, and given quarantine instructions. 

NO locations of possible exposure in Dent County have been identified.


(July 11)

Dent County Health Center announces 7th and 8th positive COVID-19 cases.

These individuals are in isolation in their homes. Close contacts have been identified, notified of their exposure, and given quarantine instructions.

The following locations have been identified as places of possible exposure. People at these locations are at a low risk for contracting COVID-19 but should monitor for symptoms. Again, Close contacts have been notified of their exposure.

• Sunday, July 5: First Baptist Church 10-11:30; Bigos Mexican Restaurant: 11:30-12:30

• Monday, July 6: Salem Walmart 4:30 - 4:45

A sixth case was reported July 10. The individual is in isolation in their home. Close contacts have been identified, notified of their exposure, and given quarantine instructions. No Dent County locations were identified as areas of potential exposure.

It is important to remember that every activity that involves contact with others has some degree of risk. To reduce risk and prevent the spread of COVID-19, we encourage following these basic preventative measures:

• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

• Wear a mask when a distance of 6ft cannot be maintained

• Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

• Stay home if you are sick

• Cover coughs and sneezes

• Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces frequently

If you suspect that you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, and are experiencing symptoms, call your healthcare provider to let them know before seeking care. It is critical that your provider is aware that you may have COVID-19 prior to your arrival at a healthcare facility, and that you follow all instructions for arriving at a healthcare facility.