Two weeks ago, we could tell you that Lincoln County had been so lucky in the COVID-19 pandemic that we had not only had far fewer confirmed cases of the disease than other area counties, none of our cases had needed to be hospitalized. While that's not true now--we have two who have been hospitalized, one of whom needed a ventilator--we still have far fewer cases of the disease than other area counties.
The Wednesday (May 6th) report showed there have been a total of 876 tests in Lincoln County--38 of them positive; currently there are 14 active cases and 11 people awaiting test results, with 24 recovered and 827 negative tests.
North Carolina enters into Phase One of Governor Cooper's 'reopening' plan at 5 PM this Friday. While the state, and especially Lincoln County, has done well in slowing the spread of the disease, this is no time to stop taking precautionary steps.
While residents are now allowed to venture out to shop, it's still very important to wear a face covering for your nose and mouth. If you have one of the N95 or KN95 masks, use it. If not, you can use a scarf or kerchief to cover your mouth and nose. There are also several locations where you can buy decorative face coverings.
The purpose of the face coverings is not only for YOUR protection--the N95s and KN95s, etc. that keep the virus from getting in, but for the protection of others. The disease has an incubation period of three days to two weeks and especially in the early stages, people can spread the infection without having any symptoms.
Continue cleaning the handles of shopping carts (some stores are doing that for you) and using gloves and/or hand sanitizer. Continue washing your hands thoroughly (20 seconds or more) and often. Maintain a distance of six feet from other people as much as possible.
The relaxation of restrictions could mean more cases and more deaths. It's up to us to avoid that by not behaving as if the virus doesn't exist. It does--worldwide 265,869 people have died from it; in the US, 74,810 have died, as of Wednesday, North Carolina had counted 477 deaths.
The latest figures for area counties include:
Catawba County--66 confirmed cases, 41 recovered, 4 currently hospitalized, one death
Gaston County--20 active cases, 140 recovered, 4 deaths
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