Kintegra Health held the first of five mobile testing clinics in Gastonia Monday.
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
Kintegra Health began a week of testing in several locations in Gastonia on Monday (April 27th). When the day began, only 9 people had made an appointment (required) for a test. Before the clinic ended, 20 people had been tested. Results won't be known for a few days.
Kintegra is using one of two Mobile Dental Units to conduct the tests. Monday's site was at St. John's Baptist Church on Bradford Heights Road. Tests will continue Tuesday-Friday 10 AM-2 PM daily. The schedule the rest of the week is:
Tuesday, April 28th - at the Kintegra Family Medicine Highland Health Center, 609 N. Highland St.
Wednesday, April 29th - at the Gaston County Health Department, 991 W. Hudson Blvd. (Kintegra also has an office there.)
Thursday, April 30th - at the Bradley Community Center, 1200 N. Modena St.
Friday, May 1st – at Mt. Zion Restoration Church, 2311 Crescent Lane (off Myrtle School Rd.
While the tests are being done only in Gastonia, Kintegra will test anyone who makes an appointment regardless of their residency. The tests are, however, intended only for those who have reason to believe they might have COVID-19: people with a body temperature of 100.4 or greater, experiencing a dry cough or other symptoms. To make an appointment to be tested (required) call 704-874-3316.
Now the latest figures on the COVID-19 pandemic.
697 tests have been completed in Lincoln County. Of those, 667 were negative. Of the 26 positive tests, 18 have since recovered, leaving 8 known active cases. Four people were still awaiting results of their test as of Monday (April 27th). So far, Lincoln County has not recorded a death from COVID-19.
Gaston County reported 1696 tests as of Monday. 1580 of those tested negative. 106 who had tested positive have now recovered; there are currently 30 known active cases in Gaston County. Gaston has recorded three fatalities.
Cleveland County had 46 confirmed cases as of Monday according to the NCDHHS. There have been two fatalities in Cleveland County. The Cleveland County Health Dept. website was (often is) inaccessible.
Catawba County added one new case Monday, meaning 53 positive tests total. Of those, 34 have now recovered. Catawba County has had one fatality due to COVID-19.
Mecklenburg County has now had 1482 confirmed positive tests. 41 people have died there due to the virus.
North Carolina has now had 9142 positive tests. 306 people have died in our state, 17 of them over the weekend. 473 remain hospitalized.
South Carolina, where Gov. Henry McMaster took a different approach than North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, saw 142 new cases Monday and three more deaths. The Palmetto State has now had 5,613 positive tests and 177 deaths.
McMaster, like Cooper, called off schools returning to the classroom for the rest of this school year, but took steps toward reducing restrictions that had been imposed. He said that coastal towns can decide for themselves whether or not to let people access beaches and as of Monday (April 27th) many "nonessential" retailers – including flea markets, florists and department stores – were allowed to reopen so long as they limited occupancy to five customers per 1,000 square feet.
McMaster did not give the go-ahead to restaurants, barber shops, hair & nail salons and gyms, but a protest was held at the state capitol in Columbia Monday led by a state representative urging McMaster to move more quicklly in reopening those businesses.
NC Gov. Cooper announced Thursday (April 23rd) that North Carolina's stay-at-home order and the related restrictions on businesses will remain in effect until May 8th.
Nationally, the death toll is now 56,527. Worldwide, it's 211,064. Of the cases that are considered closed, 81% of those who were infected and tested positive have recovered, while 19% have died. Of the tested positive cases, just under 11% have died. In the US, 5.6% of the tested positive cases have died. [US cases tested positive=1,004,942; deaths=56,527; recovered=137,591; hospitalized in serious or critical condition=14,175.]
The next Lincoln County COVID-19 update will be released Wednesday afternoon (April 29th).
We've certainly reported it often, but just in case there is anyone who doesn't already know--
How can you protect yourself and others from the spread of coronavirus?
KNOW HOW IT CAN SPREAD The virus is thought to spread through person-to-person contact in the following ways:
Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
By respiratory droplets that are expelled when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
Some recent studies suggest that it can be spread by asymptomatic individuals (people with no symptoms).
CLEAN YOUR HANDS OFTEN Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol and rub until they feel dry.
AVOID CLOSE CONTACT Stay away from people who are sick and stay home as much as possible. Keeping your distance from people is important because some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
USE A CLOTH FACE COVER WHEN AROUND OTHERS Everyone, two years old and older, should wear a cloth face cover when in public and continue to practice social distancing. The cloth cover will help reduce the spread of infection. For instructions to make your own face cover, visit: https://bit.ly/2zjTQpJ .
COVER COUGHS AND SNEEZES Use a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow if a tissue is not available. Throw used tissues in the trash, and immediately wash your hands.
CLEAN AND DISINFECT Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. If surfaces are visibly dirty, clean with soap and water prior to disinfection, then use a household disinfectant to clean surfaces.
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