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Posted on: March 18, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Lincoln County NC, 3/18/20

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More Covid-19 tests in the county; 1 presumptive positive & 27 PUI's waiting for results.

Lincolnton, NC – The Lincoln County Health Department continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19.  As of today 27 total people have been tested for COVID-19, of those there is 1 presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Lincoln County, 21 others have been tested and are considered persons under investigation (PUI), and 5 other people have tested negative for COVID-19.  

A PUI is a person who was tested based on COVID19 testing criteria and is self-isolating until test results are received.  A presumptive positive case is a person who initially tested positive in a commercial or state lab, but the test must be confirmed by the CDC before the case will be considered a confirmed positive.  A negative case is a person that is no longer considered a PUI because they tested negative in a commercial or state lab for COVID-19.  County and City Officials and organizations are working together to keep citizens and residents informed and updated.  Lincoln County is still considered a low risk community at this time.

 Lincoln County is prepared and ready to respond should COVID-19 illness be confirmed in the community. The Lincoln County Health Department wants to remind residents to stay home if sick and call ahead to your medical provider if you have flu-like symptoms.  Only consider the emergency department in a true emergency to reduce the burden during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We have posted current information and recommendations to our website at and will provide future updates and instructions as they become available.

Lincoln County residents are urged to exercise judgment and take the following precautions as appropriate:

  • Monitor information provided by the CDC and NCDHHS in addition to any official State or County communications.
  • Practice good hygiene and take everyday preventive actions:
    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time. 
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. 
    • Avoid close contact with people who are ill. 
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. 
    • Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Older people and people with severe chronic conditions (heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease) should take special precautions because they are at higher risk of developing a more serious COVID-19 illness. 
  • Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor or medical provider. 

For questions or concerns regarding Lincoln County please call the Lincoln County Health Department triage line at 704-736-8510 between 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

For after-hour concerns or general questions please call the 24/7 Coronavirus Helpline at 1-866-462-3821.

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