Friday, 27 March 2020 18:00

Richmond one of 20 counties without case of COVID-19

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ROCKINGHAM — With 60% of North Carolina’s 100 counties reporting cases of COVID-19, Richmond remains one of the 20 still in the clear.

County officials announced Friday afternoon that there are yet to be any confirmed cases of the coronavirus. There have been 174 individuals tested and the 74 results that have come back so far have all been negative. That means there are still 100 that health officials are unsure of.

According to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, there were 763 cases of COVID-19 across the state, with 77 currently hospitalized. Those numbers were updated at 3:55 p.m., but do not include the third case reported for Moore County on Thursday.

County leaders also emphasized that there is no curfew in effect, although Gov. Roy Cooper announced Friday afternoon that a stay-at-home order would go into effect at 5 p.m. Monday.

The governor’s order lowers the mass gathering limit to 10 and state and local officials strongly encourage residents to use social distancing — staying 6 feet away from other individuals except family members.

“Individuals will be allowed to leave their home for essential trips such as work, food, medicine, exercise and to help others,” the county press release reads. 

The governor’s order also exempts workers in a wide variety of “essential” businesses, which can be found here.

State Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry said during Friday’s press briefing that those businesses “will not need to have any extra credential or permit to continue operations.”

Sprayberry added that owners should carefully review the executive order and the state’s list of frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19, to determine if they should stay open.

Local officials also announced a change in operating hours for the testing facility at the old Sandhills Regional Hospital in Hamlet:

Beginning next week (March 30), the testing center will be open 9am-1pm on Tuesday and Thursday. Each person will be screened for symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and will be tested for the flu to determine if the COVID-19 test should be collected for testing. Individuals should be referred by their primary healthcare provider, Health Department, or by calling the COVID-19 hotline at 910-417- 4947. Collection Samples for COVID-19 are also being collected through First Health and the Health Department as needed. 

 

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