Four cases of COVID-19 — also known as coronavirus — have been identified in Orange County according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and a press release from the Orange County Health Department (OCHD) on Friday morning.
“I know that people are worried about this virus, and I want to assure the Orange County community members that we are prepared,” said OCHD health director, Quintana Stewart in the release. “With the global spread of this virus we anticipated that we would eventually identify a case here in Orange County. To prepare we have been working closely with the North Carolina Department of Health and Humans Services (NCDHHS) Orange County EMS (OEMS), health care providers and others to quickly identify and respond to cases that might occur.”
Gov. Roy Cooper announced the first documented case of community transmission — defined as a positive testing individual with no contact with another confirmed COVID-19 positive individual — on Thursday.
“This new information has shifted our response efforts from containment to mitigation," Stewart said. "The goal is to slow the transmission of disease and protect our high-risk population and healthcare and critical infrastructure workforces.”
Penny Rich, chairperson of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, implored residents to practice social distancing.