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Two people, living in the same household in Granville County, have confirmed cases of COVID-19, officials said, bringing the number of cases in the county to three.
Two people are known to be infected with the virus in Vance County as of Thursday, according to Granville Vance Public Health.
All five patients are cooperating with restrictions and are isolating at their homes, according to a press release. Their families are also asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.
In addition, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said this week one staff member at the Butner correctional complex tested positive for the virus. No inmates are known to be infected.
Health officials are not saying where in each county the patients live, saying that the information is private and that releasing it does not aid public health. Anyone who may have come into contact with these patients will be notified by health officials.
The latest two people to test positive for the coronavirus had traveled outside of North Carolina, but the health department considers their infections to be community spread, and not tracable to another known infection.
More than 760 people have COVID-19 in North Carolina as of Friday, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. The disease has killed at least three people in the state.
Granville County reported its first case of COVID-19 last Friday. Granville and Vance counties had tested around 100 people for the virus as of March 11, the latest date the health department provided statistics for.
State health officials now say a COVID-19 test is not necessary for most people who may have symptoms. Testing is most important for people who are seriously ill, in the hospital or at high-risk for the virus.
Those with mild symptoms who believe they may be infected are asked to self isolate and discuss options over the phone with their doctor.
The health department said it is safe to end isolation seven days after a person first had symptoms and three days since being without a fever.
“Emergency rooms need to be able to serve the most critically ill so please do not use the emergency room unless you are very sick,” the release said.