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COVID-19 Update before the holiday weekend

Bladen County Health Department released the latest numbers for COVID-19 in the area before the holiday weekend. Today the total cumulative cases are 384 with active cases totaling 110. There are five citizens hospitalized related to COVID-19 and there are 271 presumed recovered. The related deaths due to COVID-19 remains at three.

During the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 update today, Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen, expressed the need for everyone to wear face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The NCDHHS sent a press release out this afternoon stating, “As you celebrate Independence Day this weekend, remember to protect yourself, your family and your community by wearing a face covering over your nose and mouth whenever you are in public. Wearing a face covering, waiting six feet from others and washing hands frequently are simple actions we can all take to care for our fellow North Carolinians and save lives.”

Here are a few simple steps to make sure you are wearing your face covering correctly, according to NCDHHS:

  • Wash your hands before putting on your face covering.
  • Put your face covering over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face.
  • Don’t put the covering around your neck or up on your forehead.
  • Try not to touch your face covering and if you do, wash your hands.
  • Make sure you can breathe easily.

Do NOT use a face covering on children under age two. Children over two and under age eleven are not required to wear a face covering in public, but can if they are able to wear one safely. For more information, read the NCDHHS Requirements for the Use of Face Coverings and Masks.

Bladen cases have been linked to social gatherings, work, travel and community acquired (unknown source). Bladen County residents are vulnerable of getting or spreading the virus.  In addition to fever, cough and shortness of breath, the CDC added symptoms for the coronavirus: chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, and a new loss of taste.

During the COVID-19 Pandemic remember, there is no vaccine for the virus.

Increased testing, including for those without symptoms, expanded contact tracing, and adherence to control measures like self-isolation and quarantine, are important to control viral transmission across the state.  Guidelines for testing include:

 Anyone with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.

 Close contacts of known positive cases, regardless of symptoms.

 Populations with higher risk of exposure or a higher risk of severe disease if they become infected, if they believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19, whether or not they have symptoms. 

• People who live in or have regular contact with high-risk settings (e.g., long-term care facility, homeless shelter, correctional facility, migrant farmworker camp)

• Historically marginalized populations  

• Frontline and essential workers (grocery store clerks, gas station attendants, child care workers, construction sites, processing plants, etc.) in settings where social distancing is difficult to maintain

• People who are at high risk of severe illness (e.g. people over 65 years of age, people of any age with underlying health conditions

 People who have attended protests, rallies, or other mass gatherings could have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or could have exposed others. Testing should be considered for people who attended such events, particularly if they were in crowds or other situations where they couldn’t practice effective social distancing. 

• Bladen County COVID-19 Testing sites:

 Bryant Swamp Missionary Baptist Church, CommWell Health and Bladen County Health Department will offer drive-thru testing Tuesday, July 21 9:00 am -12:00 noon, located at 61 Bryant Swamp Road, Bladenboro, NC. For additional registration information contact: Latoya Lucy 910-709-3610, Rev. Thurman Everette  910-619-9358, or CommWell Health 910-567-7114.  

 CommWell Health (1-910-567-7114 or 1-877-WELL-ALL (935-5255) continues to test in Tar Heel, Monday-Friday, times vary.

 Robeson Health Care Corporation is testing at the St. Pauls site (910-241-30420), times vary.  

 Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Clinics and Express Care offer testing (Bladenboro, Clarkton, Dublin, Elizabethtown and White Lake) for anyone exhibiting symptoms or those in high risk groups without symptoms, after a visit with the provider on duty. Contact the clinic located in your area for further information:    

• Bladenboro       910-863-3138

• Clarkton           910-862-1217

• Dublin             910-862-3528

• Elizabethtown  910-862-5500

• White Lake       910-862-1265

• Express Care    910-862-2122

• Bladen cases have been linked to social gatherings, work, travel and community acquired (unknown source). Bladen County residents are vulnerable of getting or spreading the virus. In addition to fever, cough and shortness of breath, the CDC added symptoms for the coronavirus: chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, and a new loss of taste. There is no vaccine for the virus.

• Increased testing, including for those without symptoms, expanded contact tracing, and adherence to control measures like self-isolation and quarantine, are important to control viral transmission across the state.  Guidelines for testing include:

 Anyone with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.

 Close contacts of known positive cases, regardless of symptoms.

 Populations with higher risk of exposure or a higher risk of severe disease if they become infected, if they believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19, whether or not they have symptoms. 

• People who live in or have regular contact with high-risk settings (e.g., long-term care facility, homeless shelter, correctional facility, migrant farmworker camp)

• Historically marginalized populations  

• Frontline and essential workers (grocery store clerks, gas station attendants, child care workers, construction sites, processing plants, etc.) in settings where social distancing is difficult to maintain

• People who are at high risk of severe illness (e.g. people over 65 years of age, people of any age with underlying health conditions

 People who have attended protests, rallies, or other mass gatherings could have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or could have exposed others. Testing should be considered for people who attended such events, particularly if they were in crowds or other situations where they couldn’t practice effective social distancing. 

• Bladen County Health Department continues to follow CDC and NCDHHS recommendations to protect public health and prevent the further spread of infection.    

      If you believe that you may have COVID-19, please call your health care provider, or the Health Department call center: 910-872-6291. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 5:00 pm, until further notice. Individuals may also call 2-1-1. This NCDHHS call center is available 24/7, in English and Spanish. Updates are routinely posted on the Health Department Facebook page:   https://www.facebook.com/BladenHHS/, and the NCHDDS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ncdhhs/

Wear, Wait, Wash!

 

 

 

 

Actualización de COVID-19 antes del fin de semana festivo

El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Bladen publicó los últimos números para COVID-19 en el área antes del fin de semana festivo. Hoy, el total de casos acumulados es de 384 con casos activos por un total de 110. Hay cinco ciudadanos hospitalizados relacionados con COVID-19 y hay 271 presuntos recuperados. Las muertes relacionadas debido a COVID-19 se mantienen en tres.

Los casos de Bladen se han relacionado con reuniones sociales, trabajo, viajes y adquisición comunitaria (fuente desconocida). Los residentes del condado de Bladen son vulnerables a contraer o propagar el virus. Además de fiebre, tos y dificultad para respirar, los CDC agregaron síntomas para el coronavirus: escalofríos, dolor de cabeza, dolor muscular, dolor de garganta y una nueva pérdida de sabor.

Durante la actualización de COVID-19 del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de Carolina del Norte, la Secretaria, Dra. Mandy Cohen, expresó la necesidad de que todos usen cubiertas para la cara.

Envió un comunicado de prensa que decía: “Mientras celebras el Día de la Independencia este fin de semana, recuerda protegerte a ti mismo, a tu familia y a tu comunidad usando una máscara que cubra tu nariz y boca cada vez que estés en público. Usa una máscara y espera seis pies de otros y lavarse las manos con frecuencia son acciones simples que todos podemos tomar para cuidar a nuestros compañeros de Carolina del Norte y salvar vidas “.

Durante la pandemia de COVID-19, recuerde, no hay vacuna para el virus.
El aumento de las pruebas, incluso para aquellos sin síntomas, el seguimiento ampliado del contacto y el cumplimiento de las medidas de control como el autoaislamiento y la cuarentena, son importantes para controlar la transmisión viral en todo el estado. Las pautas para la prueba incluyen:
➢ Cualquier persona con síntomas sugestivos de COVID-19.
➢ Contactos cercanos de casos positivos conocidos, independientemente de los síntomas.
➢ Poblaciones con mayor riesgo de exposición o mayor riesgo de enfermedad grave si se infectan si creen que pueden haber estado expuestos al COVID-19, tengan o no síntomas.
• Personas que viven o tienen contacto regular con entornos de alto riesgo (p. Ej., Centro de atención a largo plazo, refugio para personas sin hogar, centro correccional, campamento de trabajadores agrícolas migrantes)
• Poblaciones históricamente marginadas
• Trabajadores de primera línea y esenciales (empleados de supermercados, empleados de estaciones de servicio, trabajadores de cuidado infantil, sitios de construcción, plantas de procesamiento, etc.) en entornos donde el distanciamiento social es difícil de mantener.
• Personas con alto riesgo de enfermedad grave (por ejemplo, personas mayores de 65 años, personas de cualquier edad con afecciones de salud subyacentes).
➢ Las personas que han asistido a protestas, manifestaciones u otras reuniones masivas podrían haber estado expuestas a alguien con COVID-19 o podrían haber expuesto a otros. Las pruebas deben considerarse para las personas que asistieron a tales eventos, especialmente si se encontraban en multitudes u otras situaciones en las que no podían practicar un distanciamiento social efectivo.

Sitios de prueba COVID-19 del condado de Bladen:
➢ Bryant Swamp Missionary Baptist Church, CommWell Health y el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Bladen ofrecerán exámenes de manejo el martes 21 de julio de 9:00 a.m. a 12:00 p.m., ubicado en 61 Bryant Swamp Road, Bladenboro, NC. Para obtener información adicional sobre el registro, comuníquese con: Latoya Lucy 910-709-3610, Rev. Thurman Everette 910-619-9358 o CommWell Health 910-567-7114.
➢ CommWell Health (1-910-567-7114 o 1-877-WELL-ALL (935-5255) continúa realizando pruebas en Tar Heel, de lunes a viernes, los horarios varían.
➢ Robeson Health Care Corporation está realizando pruebas en el sitio de St. Pauls (910-241-30420), los horarios varían.
➢ Las clínicas Cape Fear Valley-Bladen y Express Care ofrecen pruebas (Bladenboro, Clarkton, Dublín, Elizabethtown y White Lake) para cualquier persona que presente síntomas o aquellos en grupos de alto riesgo sin síntomas, después de una visita con el proveedor de turno. Póngase en contacto con la clínica ubicada en su área para obtener más información:
• Bladenboro 910-863-3138
• Clarkton 910-862-1217
• Dublín 910-862-3528
• Elizabethtown 910-862-5500
• White Lake 910-862-1265
• Atención expresa 910-862-2122
• Los casos de Bladen se han relacionado con reuniones sociales, trabajo, viajes y adquisición de la comunidad (fuente desconocida).

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