On a day marred by downed systems to the Person County and City of Roxboro phone and computer systems, the Person County Health Department announced another COVID case through Twitter.
The announcement takes the county’s total to 49 since the first case was announced March 24, 33 of which have been released from isolation.
Just over two-thirds of the individuals who tested positive have been released in Person County.
Fourteen individuals remain in home isolation.
There is one individual currently hospitalized.
There has been one COVID-related death in Person County.
Statewide, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 18,860 of the state’s 29,263 cases are presumed to have recovered – just over 64 percent.
NCDHHS notes that actual time to resolution of all symptoms are not available for all COVID-19 cases in North Carolina and patients’ actual recovery times could be shorter or longer based on disease severity affected by the individual’s age and underlying health conditions.
NCDHHS says the interval to recovery was estimated based on World Health Organization and CDC guidance, but may need to be updated as more information is available.
The February report from WHO on COVID-19 says that the median time from onset to clinical recovery for mild cases is approximately two weeks and is three to six weeks for patients with severe or critical cases of the disease.
The Person County Health Department is releasing individuals based on CDC guidance that states 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.