Pitt County’s Health Director, Dr. John Silvernail was notified by the Florida Department of Health on Friday March 20, 2020 (today) that a Pitt County resident, visiting Florida, was evaluated in a Florida emergency department on March 12th and was tested for COVID-19. This adult female was placed on isolation pending test results, which were reported to Pitt County Health Department today as positive. This individual remains at home, in isolation and is doing well.
This travel–related case is being evaluated by Pitt County Health Department communicable disease staff. Since this individual has been in home isolation upon returning to Pitt County, no one in the Pitt County community has been exposed to this case.
With the expectation of more cases to come, Pitt County Health Department will not continue to issue press releases as new cases are detected. However, these cases will be discussed in Pitt County’s weekly media sessions, scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:15 PM. In addition, beginning Friday, March 20, case counts will be updated on the Coronavirus Information Page of the Pitt County Website, at: www.pittncountync.gov/coronavirus.
The Health Department continues to recommend the following:
- Follow social distancing recommendations (6 feet)
- Wash or sanitize your hands often
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Avoid touching your facial area unless your hands are clean
- Avoid contact with sick people
- Stay home if you are sick
- Seek medical care if you feel you need to, but call your provider first so they can prepare for you
- Get plenty of rest, eat well, and exercise if able (exercise is a good stress reliever). Remember to practice social distancing (6 feet) while exercising