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UPDATE: The county's first coronavirus patient is Dr. John Byron, an OBGYN for FirstHealth of the Carolinas. Click here to read more.


Moore County has its first confirmed case of coronavirus.

The county Health Department received notification Wednesday afternoon of the positive test from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, according to a news release.

To protect privacy of the person, no further information about this individual will be shared by the Health Department.

“With increased testing, more cases are expected,” said Moore County Health Director Robert Wittmann. “We would advise all Moore County residents to continue to follow all recommended control measures to protect themselves and others from the virus”.

Moore County Health Department staff are monitoring the individual who tested positive and will follow up with anyone who is identified as a close contact. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines “close contact” as being within six feet for 10 minutes or more.

The Moore County Health Department continues to urge all residents to take measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus:

* Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
* Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
* Stay home if you are sick.

* Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

* Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 
Health officials also encourage everyone to implement social distancing measures to reduce frequency of contact, like maintaining six feet of distance and avoiding large crowds. This is important for everyone and especially those at high risk of severe illness, specifically anyone over 65 years old or anyone who has an underlying health condition like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or a weakened immune system.

Individuals in this high-risk category should stay home to the greatest extent possible in order to avoid exposure.

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