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-Information courtesy Brian K. Short, Director of Henderson-Vance County Emergency Operations
As of today, we now have five (5) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Vance County. The number of cases will likely continue to increase as we move further into the Coronavirus worldwide pandemic.
We continue to coordinate with public health agencies, Maria Parham Health, Department of Social Services, State Emergency Management and our local emergency services response partners.
Please keep in mind this continues to be a very fluid situation and the information provided and included could change at any time. The confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to increase not only locally but throughout the state, the nation and the world.
Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 121, advising North Carolina residents to stay at home remains in effect. This is an attempt to reduce the number of individuals being infected with the COVID-19 virus in our state.
211 has established a hotline and we ask that our citizens contact their local physician or take advantage of the hotline if they have medical-related questions. There is also a toll-free Coronavirus hotline manned by trained individuals that can answer questions that you may have. The number is 888-892-1162.
To reiterate, as of the creation of this situation report, Vance County has five (5) positive cases of the Coronavirus. At this time, we are not implementing any changes to our current response posture nor are we altering our recommendations to the general public.
Testing is ongoing through Maria Parham Health, our local Health Department and private institutions. There are currently 1,584 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in North Carolina and thus far ten (10) deaths. Please visit the NC Department of Health and Human Services Coronavirus statistics page at the following link to stay current on the number of cases in our state: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/covid-19-case-count-nc
Tomorrow (Thursday) we will begin our local medical surge coordination meetings with Maria Parham Health, our local Health Department and EMS to try and stay ahead of this as much as possible as additional cases are reported.
Vance County and the City of Henderson continue to operate under a local State of Emergency.
Our office will continue to monitor this event very closely and will continue to issue informational releases as the situation develops.