The News & Observer, which is tracking COVID-19 cases county by county, has counted 339 cases of the disease in North Carolina as of noon Monday, March 23.
Carteret County added its fifth case over the weekend, which turned out to be a case of community transmission – meaning the patient caught the virus here in the county. As of today’s 11:30 update, no new cases had been detected.
The county health department will not be releasing information about patients’ past locations to the public, said Human Services Director Jaime Long.
“The Health Department is restricted by HIPAA laws and unable to provide that information. However, the Health Department does notify people that were in close contact (within 6 feet of the confirmed case for more than 10 minutes) with the confirmed individual and gives those contacted individuals instructions to self quarantine and monitor for symptoms.”
When asked why some patient locations had been publicized, such as an exposure to patrons in a Cameron Village restaurant in Raleigh by an infected customer, Long replied: “I would assume they had to make that location public because there was an increased risk of public exposure by close contact with people that individual didn’t know for more than 10 minutes.”
On Sunday, the health department compiled an FAQ to help answer these and other COVID-19 questions. It can be found below.