Jennifer Eastwood

Caswell County Health Director Jennifer Eastwood reported that COVID-19 cases have risen to 152 in the Monday ZOOM meeting. There have been two deaths in the county.

One hundred and fifty six people were tested during the Providence Volunteer Fire Department drive thru testing last week. “Thank you to the fire department; it was a great set up and kept our staff cool and out of the heat.”

She also commented that results have been slower coming back.  Some labs are experiencing an average turnaround time of ten to 12 days for results. “The Health Department staff have a process in place for notifying people of their results as quickly as possible,” she assured listeners.

The Health Department will hold targeted testing for communities with historically marginalized populations in the next couple of weeks and then they are still scouting locations in the Prospect Hill and Yanceyville townships.

She reminds that the health department and Caswell Family Medical Center are testing by appointments during normal hours of operations, especially for those experiencing symptoms or exposed to a known positive.

Once you are tested, you are to be home quarantined for until your test results come back.  However, if a person is a close contact to a known positive, they are quarantined for 14 days, regardless of the outcome of the test. This will reduce potential spread of the virus and because of limited exposure to others cuts down on contact tracing.

She was pleased to report a new partnership with the community paramedic from EMS who has been going to check on patients in the county to symptoms and vital signs.

It’s now ten days since the July 4 holiday so there may be a rise in new cases after family get togethers.  Also, many people are going on vacation in large groups or to CDC hot spots.

There were no new cases found at a local rehab center when all members of staff and residents were tested last week following positives for two office workers who had little contact with residents.

Caswell County Manager Bryan Miller stopped by the meeting to share that the county’s public awareness campaign is underway with street signs on social distancing already up in Yanceyville and the northern part of the county. Bags with items such as thermometers, hand sanitizer, critical phone numbers, etc. are being handed out in the next two weeks to people who may not have access or be able to afford these items.  These will be given out through partnerships with local fire departments and senior center in Yanceyville, as well as others.

Television commercials will air on three local channels.

The weekly ZOOM meetings are available on Monday after 2 p.m. through the Caswell Cares Facebook page.