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August 16: Tracking coronavirus cases in Alamance County and North Carolina

Updated August 16, at 5:10 p.m.

What happens when someone tests positive for the virus in Alamance County?

When someone in the county becomes infected with the virus, the Alamance County Health Department is tasked with helping contact trace individuals who may have come into contact with an infected individual.

“For every confirmed case, Alamance County Health Department does an extensive interview with the case that includes their current health status, onset of symptoms, and a retracing of their movements while infectious,” ACHD Public Information Officer Arlinda Ellison told Elon News Network.

In the retracing of an infected persons movements, health department staff ask about who they have interacted with to determine close contacts. A close contact is defined as “someone who the case has interacted with for at least 10 minutes or more and within six feet.”

Close contacts are then notified by the health department and in addition to assessing their current condition, the staff informs the individual that they will need to quarantine for 14 days.  If no symptoms are presented during that time, then they are released from quarantine. 

Below are the latest case numbers from the campus of Elon University,  Alamance County and the state of North Carolina. 

Elon University

As of August 16, 7,384 of the COVID-19 pre-semester tests have been returned and of those 15 cases or 0.2% have been positive. Also, during the past several months the university has been made aware of 11 Elon community members who have tested positive for the virus and who are on campus. Currently there are eight individuals in Elon’s quarantine spaces.

August 15, 2020: Student
August 9, 2020: Staff member
July 21, 2020: Undergraduate student, on-campus housing
July 11, 2020: Three undergraduate students, one in on-campus housing and two in off-campus housing
June 27, 2020: Staff member
June 24, 2020: Staff member
June 18, 2020: Staff member
June 13, 2020: Undergraduate student, on-campus housing
May 29, 2020: Undergraduate student, on-campus housing
Alamance County

Currently, Alamance County has a cumulative 2,639 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 42 deaths. For every 10,000 residents in the county there are 159 cases, according to data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. 

Outside of Alamance, Mecklenburg County, home to the state’s largest city Charlotte, has seen over 23,000 cases of coronavirus, more than any other county in the state. When factoring in population, Duplin County, located an hour north of Wilmington, has seen the most cases, per 10,000 residents, in the state.

North Carolina

There have been 144,952 cumulative cases of the coronavirus in North Carolina as of August 16.

For a while, the number of new daily positive tests have leveled off with the number of tests in the state falling in recent days. 

The number of cases in the state has led North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper to extend Phase Two reopening stage until at least Sep. 11.

Phase 2 of North Carolina’s reopening process began on May 22, which allowed restaurants to resume dine-in services at half capacity and increase gathering numbers among other things. In addition, there is a mass gathering limit of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

A ban on alcohol sales after 11 p.m. has been in effect since July 3, in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus among young people, the group that now make up the majority of the state’s cases, according to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.  

The ban will be in effect from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., according to Cooper’s executive order announced July 28. 

“We’re hopeful that this new rule will help drive down cases” Cooper said. “This will be particularly important as colleges and universities are scheduled to start, bringing people all over the country to our state.”  

The order is in effect until Aug. 31. Bars will continue to remain closed. 

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