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Nash County has 3 coronavirus cases

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Nash County has at least three cases of COVID-19.

“While both are Nash County residents, they were tested and are isolated in an out-of-county health facility. These cases are not related,” said Larissa Williams, coordinator of health services at the Nash County Health Department.

Health Director Bill Hill announced the county’s first case on Friday.

The health department is closely monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus across the state and is regularly receiving updates from the N.C. Division of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Symptoms of the virus include fever and upper respiratory tract illness such as cough and difficulty breathing. The illness, like the flu, can be more serious for individuals with a weakened immune system, the elderly or those with underlying respiratory problems.

Nash County health officials are reminding folks to take steps to prevent the spread of flu and the common cold could also help prevent the spread of other respiratory viruses like COVID-19.

People who have traveled to areas with positive COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing should self-isolate or stay at home if they feel sick. Contact local health officials and seek medical attention, but call ahead and explain recent travel and symptoms, Williams said.