County COVID-19 Count Jumps Nearly 60 Percent Since Saturday

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The number of COVID-19 cases in Carteret County has risen to 11 since Saturday when a seventh case was announced. The jump shows an increase of nearly 60 percent in less than two days.

One of the recent cases was found in a Town of Morehead City employee.

A release from the town stated that the employee has not been into work since March 20 and will remain in self-quarantine in accordance with guidance provided by the Carteret County Health Department and state health officials.

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The City has notified all employees who have had close contact with that employee.

“We know this is a challenging time for our community and staff,” said City Manager Ryan Eggleston. “We are working with leaders across the organization to adapt and adjust so that we can continue to deliver necessary City services while protecting the health and safety of our community and workforce.”

The county department of human services released a statement about the jump in COVID-19 cases around 12:30 pm Monday:

“The Carteret County Health Department continues to diligently manage this evolving situation by conducting the appropriate public health follow-up with individuals testing positive and completing contact tracing for individuals who may have had close contact with the confirmed cases.”

The release also included instructions from the CDC advising those who experience fever and cough without shortness of breath to isolate themselves at home.

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People at higher risk of experiencing more serious COVID-19 symptoms should call their medical provider if they develop symptoms of fever or cough.

High-risk individuals include:

  • Are 65 years or older;
  • Live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • Have compromised immune systems
  • Severe obesity-body mass index of 40 or higher
  • Other underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as diabetes, renal failure or liver disease.
  • People who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk for severe viral illnesses.

Those individuals with more serious or worsening symptoms should their medical provider or 911 immediately. Those symptoms include worsening shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chest pain or pressure, confusion, or blue lips.