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The Sampson County Health Department reports 14 new positive cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total positive cases in Sampson County to 63. This is the largest single-day increase experienced by the County.

Of the 14 new cases, 13 are stable and isolated at home, and one is hospitalized in stable condition.

As reported yesterday, there is an active outbreak of COVID-19 at Smithfield Packing Company in Clinton. There are now three new cases, bringing a total of twelve confirmed cases at the plant. Smithfield and the Health Department continue to work closely together to protect the health of their employees.

As reported with previous cases, the Health Department will work to identify close contacts, which the CDC defines as being within approximately 6 feet of a person with a COVID-19 infection for a prolonged period of time of 10 minutes or longer. Based on the information provided by the individuals, county health officials will assess risks of exposure, and determine which if any additional measures are needed such as quarantine or testing.

With the increase in total cases, citizens are reminded that if you think you have the coronavirus, call your health care provider so that he/she can evaluate your symptoms and provide the best course of action.  Please stay at home and call your doctor if you have a fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, or shortness of breath. Please remember to protect yourself by following these simple rules:  practice social distancing-staying 6-feet apart, avoid touching your face, wear a protective face covering when in public, cover your cough, wash your hands, and disinfect surfaces frequently.

COVID testing numbers for Sampson County as of April 29, 2020:
Total Number of Tests Performed: 327
Positive Test Results: 63 (12 recovered)
Negative Test Results: 221
Pending Results: 43
Deaths: 0