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UPDATE: Granville COVID-19 cases now at 9

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UPDATE (3-31-2020): As of Tuesday, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Granville County is nine, according to state health officials.

There were seven cases of the virus as of Monday.

Original story:

There are seven confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Granville County as of Monday, according to statistics from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Granville Vance Public Health confirmed the seven cases in Granville County, up from four cases in the county on Friday.

There are three known cases in Vance County. Statewide, more than 1,300 are known to be infected with the new coronavirus and six have died. 

All patients are in isolation at home, Granville Vance Public Health said last week of the four known cases. All cases at that time were considered community spread. 

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 Federal Bureau of Prisons said last week one staff member at the Butner correctional complex tested positive for the virus. It is unknown if that staffer is among the cases counted in Granville County. No inmates are known to be infected.

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.

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