The Person County Health Department reported the highest daily jump in COVID-19 cases to date Thursday.
The county’s case count increased by seven taking the total to 46 since the first case was announced March 24.
The announcement comes one week after the state entered phase two of its reopening process – opening restaurants, barber shops and salons among other businesses.
The cases announced Thursday night took the county’s total in May to 26 – more than doubling the number of cases announced in March and April.
Thursday was the third straight day of more cases after a single case was announced Tuesday and Wednesday.
The 12 cases announced from Sunday to Thursday also mark the county’s highest five-day total. The next highest five-day period was April 13-17 when seven cases were announced.
Of the 46 total, 13 are being monitored at home and 32 have been released from home isolation under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
Those guidelines state that an individual can discontinue isolation if at least three days have passed since recovery, which is defined as the resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, and improvement in respiratory symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
Using a test-based strategy, CDC guidelines state that an individual can discontinue isolation under the same three-day passage since the resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, and improvement in respiratory symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath and negative results of at least two consecutive tests collected at least 24 hours apart.
There are no hospitalizations.
There has been one death.