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WILSON COUNTY: COVID-19/ Second Presumptive Positive

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By Press release submission | Mar 21, 2020

Coronavirus update920

Wilson County recently issued the following announcement on Mar. 18.

The second case of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has returned presumptive positive in Wilson County. The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is an adult female. The CDC will confirm. She became symptomatic and had a negative flu test. She was tested for COVID-19 on Monday, March 16, 2020 and confirmation of a positive COVID-19 test result was received at the Wilson County Health Department on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The individual is hospitalized.

 Wilson County Health Department’s Communicable Disease staff is working at this time to conduct contact tracing to make sure everyone who came into close contact with this individual is quarantined. Close contact is anyone who was within six feet of the individual for 10 minutes or more.

 “With the most recent results, this brings Wilson County’s total Presumptive Positives to 2.  We are not surprised by this as we know this virus continues to spread,” stated Teresa Ellen, Wilson County Health Director.  “We are following all protocols for contact tracing for this individual.  The majority of our tests continue to return negative.”

A reminder to citizens that according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, at this time there are no approved treatments and no vaccine to prevent COVID-19; however, there are known methods to reduce and slow the spread of infection. Individuals can practice everyday prevention measures like frequent hand washing, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes. Community-based interventions can also help slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes measures collectively known as “social distancing.” Social distancing measures aim to reduce the frequency of contact and increase physical distance between persons, thereby reducing the risks of person-to-person transmission. These measures are most effective when implemented early in an epidemic. North Carolina is at a critical inflection point where we may have the opportunity to slow the spread of this epidemic by taking proactive steps now.

 “Good handwashing, social distancing and staying home if you are sick are the best ways to prevent this illness from spreading,” said Ellen. 

 The Wilson County COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Team is following the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) recommended mitigation measures. 

 Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a new virus first identified in Wuhan, China. Common symptoms are similar to the flu, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Coronaviruses like COVID-19 are most often spread from person to person through the air by coughing or sneezing, through close personal contact (including touching or shaking hands), or through touching your nose, mouth, or eyes before washing your hands. The best way to reduce your risk of becoming infected with a respiratory virus, such as COVID-19, is to practice good hygiene:

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

 Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available.

People who are sick should always cover their coughs and sneezes using a tissue or the crook of their elbow; wash your hands after using a tissue to wipe your nose or mouth.

People who are sick should stay home until they are well.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your unwashed hands.

 Wilson County citizens are encouraged to use reputable sources of information to learn more about coronavirus. Reputable sources of information include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and NC Division of Public Health websites and the NC Division of Public Health’s Coronavirus call line 1-866-462-3821.

Wilson County Government’s COVID-19 updates will appear on the Wilson County website at, on the Wilson County Facebook page @wilsoncountygov and the Wilson County Twitter account @wilsoncountygov. 

Citizens can call the Wilson County Health Department with COVID-19 questions Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 252-237-3141 (Option 3).


Teresa Ellen, Health Director, 

Ron Hunt, Assistant County Manager,

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