New York City Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19, Isolating in Macon County

New York City Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19, Isolating in Macon County

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Macon County Department of Public Health Services photo by Vickie Carpenter

A New York resident that tested positive for COVID – 19 is being monitored and following isolation orders in 

Macon County. The test, conducted by the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health, is presumptively 

positive and will be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The patient is doing well and 

is in isolation. The patient is a resident of New York State and traveled to Buncombe County, where they 

became ill and were tested, and then traveled to Macon County. Since cases are reported under the state of 

residency, this case will be identified as a New York State case, not a North Carolina case. Therefore, this 

case will not show up on the North Carolina maps as a Macon County case. 

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While awaiting confirmation of results from the CDC, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human 

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Services and Macon County Public Health will treat presumptive cases as positive and follow CDC guidelines 

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to protect public health and limit the spread of infection. 

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The Macon County and Buncombe County Health Departments are working to identify close contacts. The 

CDC defines close contact as being within approximately 6 feet of a person with an infection with COVID-19 

case for a prolonged period of time of 10 minutes or longer. Based on information provided by the individual, 

county health officials will assess risks of exposure, determine which if any additional measures are needed 

such as temperature and symptom checks, quarantine and/or testing. 

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Because COVID-19 is most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, North Carolinians should take the 

same measures that health care providers recommend 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. 

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It is important to make sure the information you are getting about COVID-19 is coming directly from reliable 

sources like Macon County Public Health, CDC, and NCDHHS. For more information, please visit the CDC’s 

website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and NCDHHS’ website at www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus, which will also 

include future positive COVID-19 test results in North Carolina. 

Macon County Public Health regularly updates our Facebook page with accurate and current information regarding COVID-19, we encourage the public to check our Facebook page for up-to-date information. 

Symptoms for COVID-19 are fever, cough, and other lower respiratory illness (shortness of breath). If you believe that you may have COVID-19, please call the Health Department at 828-349-2517. The call center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm, until further notice. 

COVID-19 Call Center Opens in Macon County
cough, and other lower respiratory illness (shortness of breath). If you have questions or believe that you may 

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In response to the growing concern of COVID-19, Macon County Health Department has opened up a call 

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Symptoms for COVID-19 are fever, have or been exposed to COVID-19, please call Macon County CCC at 828-349-2517. 

center to field calls from individuals who may questions about the virus. 

The COVID-19 Call Center (CCC) will be staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, until further notice. 

Macon County Public Health regularly updates our Facebook page with accurate and current information regarding COVID-19, we encourage the public to check our Facebook page for up-to-date information. 

For general questions about COVID-19, it is encouraged to reach out to the State Poison Control at 866-462- 3821. 

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