A third person in Columbus County has been confirmed to have the COVID-19 coronavirus, the county health department announced in a press release Sunday morning.
“The positive individual traveled from a known COVID-19 hotspot in another state and is requiring a stay at Columbus Regional,” the health department said. “This individual is not connected with the first two cases, which were reported yesterday.”
The second person confirmed with the coronavirus is “doing well and is isolating at home,” according to a press release issued by the Columbus County Health Department Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
“The positive individual traveled to another state and had close contact with a known positive individual,” the press release said. “This individual is not connected with the first positive case, which was reported earlier today. ”
The first person who tested positive in the county has not been linked to international travel or other individuals who tested positive for COVID-19, the health department said Saturday. Therefore, that case is considered a “community spread” of the coronavirus.
The first person in the first case has several underlying medical conditions and required a short hospital stay at Columbus Regional Healthcare System but is now isolating at home, according to a press release from the health department.
In all three cases, the health department said it will work to identify any close contacts, which the Centers for Disease Control defines as any person who was within approximately 6 feet of a person with a COVID-19 infection for 10 minutes or longer.
Based on information provided by the individual, county public health officials will assess risks of exposure, and determine which, if any, additional measures are needed such as temperature and symptom checks, quarantine and/or testing.