Health Department reports another COVID-19 case

Total in Person County rises to 8.


Person County's COVID-19 case count grew again this morning.

In a tweet, the Person County Public Health Department confirmed an eighth case of the illness that is caused by the coronavirus.

Person County Health Department Director Janet Clayton said the patient is in quarantine at home. At this point, only one of Person County's eight patients has been sick enough to be hospitalized.

Clayton said health department officials have maintained contact with people who were in close contact with the COVID patients and, so far, they have received no reports of symptoms in those people.

Staffers at the health department are working to identify and contact people who have been in close contact with the patient. Close contact is defined as someone who has been within six feet of the patient for 10 minutes or more.

While the numbers in Person County grow slowly, neighboring counties are seeing more explosive growth in their case counts.

Granville County has reported an outbreak at the federal prison Butner where nearly 60 staff members and inmates have contracted the virus. All told, Granville County has reported 80  cases, 10 times the number seen here. On the other side of the spectrum, Caswell County, to the west, has reported just two cases.

Person County's eight cases represent about two cases for every 10,000 people in the county.


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