Harnett County Public Health officials announced Monday night that another resident has tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) bringing the total of positive cases in Harnett County to four. The affected person is currently in isolation at home.
“Public Health Officials with the Harnett County Health Department are taking proactive steps to protect the health of our community by making recommendations that are meant to slow the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak and reduce the number of people infected,” stated Harnett County Health Director John Rouse.
Because COVID-19 is most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, residents should take the same measures recommended to prevent the spread of the flu and other viruses, including washing your hands, avoiding touching your face, staying home if you are sick and covering coughs and sneezes with your elbow.
For residents that are at increased risk for COVID-19, our public health team will contact you directly. If a member of our team does not contact you and you do not have any symptoms, you do not need to quarantine yourself or take precautions beyond washing your hands, covering your cough, and staying home from school or work if you feel sick.
The county’s public health team encourages residents to protect yourself from COVID-19 and any other flu-like illness by following these steps:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Stay away from sick people.
• Clean and disinfect surfaces – especially ones that are touched frequently – using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
• Stay home if you’re sick and don’t send sick children to school or childcare.
For more information on COVID-19 in Harnett County, visit http://www.harnett.org/publicinfo/coronavirus-covid19-updates.asp.