Lincoln County and City of Lincolnton officials met Tuesday (March 10th) with representatives from the Lincoln County Health Department, Lincolnton Police, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, fire, EMS, county and charter schools, Atrium Health, local assisted living facilities, doctors' offices, local businesses and other privately owned health providers to open lines of communication and share information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) that is circulating the US and worldwide.
Although Lincoln County is currently a low risk community, Lincoln County and City of Lincolnton officials understand the concerns of citizens and are being proactive in reviewing and discussing local preparations and a potential response should the need arise.
Lincoln County and City of Lincolnton departments are working together with internal and external partner agencies to ensure:
- Public information is coordinated and reliable information from sources such as CDC and NCDHHS is shared with citizens on a timely basis
- Everyone has current recommendations on cleaning & hygiene practices
- Resources are available to private and public entities to provide the standard of care that has been established
- Policies and Procedures are being reviewed to allow for remote work where possible, and absenteeism policies are reviewed for both leniency and red flag patterns
- Open communication with the Lincoln County Health Department, which will be the lead agency in responding to any local outbreak if one occurs.
There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lincoln County. [Lincoln Herald note: the only confirmed cases in North Carolina are in Wake County where six people are said to have COVID-19 infections; nobody has died from the virus in our state.]
First responders will continue to respond to calls as normal, but residents may be asked additional questions by telecommunicators to determine if the patient has had a potential exposure.
Global efforts at this time are focused on lessening the spread and impact of this virus. Lincoln County residents are urged to exercise judgment and common sense:
[Atrium Health issued visitation restrictions at area hospitals Wednesday (see separate article).]
- Monitor information provided by the CDC and NCDHHS in addition to any official State, County & City communications.
- Take everyday preventive actions:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
- Older people and people with severe chronic conditions (heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease) should take special precautions because they are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.
- Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor or medical provider.
Lincoln County and the City of Lincolnton are prepared and ready to respond should COVID-19 illness be suspected or confirmed in the community. All citizens are urged to do their part to slow the spread of the disease, so it does not overwhelm our healthcare facilities and providers. Lincoln County and the City of Lincolnton have posted current information and recommendations on their respective websites:
and will provide future updates and instructions as appropriate.
For general questions regarding COVID-19 please call the Coronavirus Helpline at 1-866-462-3821.
For specific concerns regarding Lincoln County call the Lincoln County Health Department triage line at 704-736-8510.
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