COVID-19 cases increase over 20

  • COVID-19 cases as of April 25.
    COVID-19 cases as of April 25.

    Murphy – A resident who was not experiencing symptoms tested positive for COVID-19, the Cherokee County Health Department announced Saturday evening. The new case brings the county’s total cases confirmed by testing to 23.

    This individual was tested by their healthcare provider, and had no known contact with anyone infected with the virus, the health department said. The person is still not experiencing symptoms, and is isolated in their home.

    On Wednesday afternoon, the health department announced two Cherokee County residents who work in Georgia tested positive for COVID-19. 

    One was not experiencing symptoms of the new coronavirus. This individual was tested by their employer in Georgia and is isolated in their home.

    The second individual was also tested by their employer after the staff possibly came in contact with a person who had COVID-19. The individual is isolated in their home.

    Out of the 23 total cases reported in the county since March 18, two were non-residents, one has died and 12 have recovered.

    Local residents are reminded to continue practicing measures to prevent spreading the virus, like washing hands, coughing or sneezing into the elbow, staying home if sick and social distancing. In instances where social distancing is difficult, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommends wearing a cloth face covering. Close contact is defined as being within six feet of another person for 10 minutes or more. The health department also advises that people continue to follow the state’s Stay-at-Home Order.

    As of Saturday, North Carolina had 8,623 positive cases of COVID-19 and 289 deaths since the beginning of March. The state is not reporting recoveries and does not take recoveries away from its total number of cases, as it does with deaths.