Monday, 23 March 2020 10:42

Jarrell: COVID-19 patient mistakenly identified as Richmond County resident

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ROCKINGHAM - Contrary to a state map, Richmond County has yet to have a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Health and Human Services Director Dr. Tommy Jarrell issued a press release Monday morning saying the state made a mistake.

In Monday morning’s updated numbers, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services indicated on a map that Richmond County has a case.

According to Jarrell, he confirmed with the Montgomery Health Department to determine that the case belongs there, not in Richmond.

Health officials base cases on residency.

Jarrell said that in some areas near the county line, addresses can be confusing as to which county it’s in.

For example, some areas of northwestern Richmond County have Mount Gilead addresses.

“I’m not saying we won’t have a case,” Jarrell said, “we just don’t have one right now.”

Jarrell said his department has been trying to contact the state to make the correction.

Health officials in Marlboro County say they had a similar situation in South Carolina.

On Sunday, the county government released a statement saying that an individual who had tested positive was mistakenly identified as a Marlboro County resident.

According to the state’s figures, as of 9:45 a.m. Monday, there were a total of 297 cases in North Carolina.