Person COVID-19 cases double to 4

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The Person County Health Department announced late Friday afternoon that two more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed here.

Health Department officials won't identify the patients. In a Facebook post Friday afternoon announcing the new cases, the post encouraged readers to "share with our Hispanic/Latino friends."

The two new cases raise the total number in Person County to four.

As with the previous two cases, Health Department employees are working to identify people that have come into close contact with the patients to advise them that they had been in close contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus.

The announcement comes on the same day that the Centers for Disease Control, for the first time, started recommending that Americans start wearing facemasks in public.

In its press release, the Health Department said that, despite people's interest in knowing who the patients were, the health department was not going to release that information, citing privacy concerns.

Health officials continue to stress the importance of obeying stay at home orders, social distancing and personal hygiene practices, such as good hand washing, as the best ways to avoid contracting the virus.

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