Northampton COVID-19 cases increase dramatically

Published 5:25 pm Saturday, March 28, 2020

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Twenty new cases of COVID-19 were reported today (Saturday) in Northampton County, bringing the total there to 25 confirmed cases.

Northampton Health Director Andy Smith told the R-C News-Herald this afternoon that the 20 new cases are connected to the first four cases reported earlier this week.

“All but one of our 25 cases is linked to a single facility,” Smith said, stopping short of naming the facility.

“All of the newly confirmed individuals are cooperating with isolation restrictions since being tested and are asymptomatic, meaning they are not experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, but yet still tested positive,” Smith noted.

Smith added that the test were conducted by the Northampton Health Department, “out of an abundance of caution for the residents and staff at this facility and for the community as a whole.”

The lone case not connected to the same facility is of an individual who traveled out of state and tested positive after returning home. Smith said that individual is in isolation at home and is “doing fine.”

Meanwhile, Bertie County officials announced late Friday afternoon that three more of its citizens have tested positive for COVID-19. Bertie now has six reported cases.

There were no reported new cases in Hertford County where two individuals tested positive earlier this week.

Gates County has yet to report a single case.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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