5/13/20: While doctors treat people who are sick, Public Health works to prevent further spread of Coronavirus, or COVID-19 in Carteret County. The Carteret County Health Department is closely working with local, state, and federal partners to make sure that residents are staying safe and staying informed.
As of today, May 11th, there have been 35 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Carteret County. Healthcare providers are testing any patients suspected of having COVID-19. If a resident lacks a healthcare provider, is uninsured, or if their healthcare provider is not administering tests for COVID-19, they can reach out to the Health Department at 252-728-8550. A Public Health Nurse will review their symptoms and determine if they meet testing criteria.
During this pandemic, Public Health staff works closely with a patient to help them recall everyone whom they have had close contact with during the timeframe they may have been infectious. Public health nurses track how many new COVID-19 cases are in the county, where they live, and making sure that those people who need to be tested are notified and tested. Public Health is also assisting and connecting vulnerable and under resourced individuals to resources like housing, nutritious meals, and health or mental health services.
Since COVID-19 is an emerging disease, Public Health is keeping community members informed by answering questions, providing up-to-date information about the outbreak and the local community impact, and recommendations for how to protect your family from exposure. Since there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the actions below can prevent our families and communities from becoming sick as restrictions continue to be lifted across the state while the virus is still widespread:
1. Wear a cloth face covering if you will be with other people
2. Wait 6 feet apart to avoid close contact
3. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
The Carteret County Health Department is closely working with local, state, and federal partners to make sure that residents are staying safe and staying informed.