A third Haywood County resident tested positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and is in isolation at their home, said Haywood County Public Health in an April 5 news release.

“The resident of Haywood County has no out of state travel history,” the release said, making the case a community transmission within North Carolina.

The person likely contracted the illness in early to mid-March, Johnson said. It took 11 days for test results to return.

“The patient recalls developing a cough early in March and isolated at that time and remains in isolation now, except for medical visits, during which the caregivers have all been properly protected,” Johnson said. “At this time, none of those in contact with the patient have developed any illness.”

Haywood County Public Health nurses are identifying close contacts of this person, and will determine if any additional measures are needed based on risks of exposure.

“We are in contact with cases on a daily basis,” Johnson said. “The decision to discontinue isolation is individual case based by public health.”

The criteria are at least seven days since symptom onset, no fever for 72 hours off any medicine that would reduce a fever, and improvement of symptoms. If the patient is improving but still has some symptoms, wearing a mask and strict adherence to handwashing and social distancing is expected until fully well, Johnson said.

The Haywood health department announced two other positive cases of the coronavirus on April 2. Those two are considered recovered.

“They isolated at home until cleared by us,” Johnson said. “They did everything correctly.”

More information on coronavirus in North Carolina, including a case county updated daily, is available from NCDHHS.

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